Janice Gagnon is founder of Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage, Nevada City, California. She has been studying throughout all regions of Thailand since 1996. Lek Chaiya was one of her first teachers, she continued to study with her every year to expand her knowledge, and co-taught with her from 2001-2012. Janice carries on this lineage with Loving Memory of "Mama Lek".

  • Background and Training
  • Bachelor of Arts -Psychology
  • Life Skills Coach Training
  • Facilitator/Instructor: Communication Training programs Theater for Social Change
  • Women's programs
  • Self Development workshops for Caregivers
  • Crisis Intervention/Family Mediation
  • Employment Trainer
  • Program Consultant
  • Many years of Yoga & Meditation Practice

Janice Gagnon studied from master of Thai Massage, Chongkol Setthakorn, at the Institute of Thai Massage in Chiang Mai, Thailand. She received certification in advanced levels of Traditional Thai Massage as well as certification in Advanced Teacher Training.

She has received training at The Old Medicine Hospital with Aachon Sintorn before he passed.

Janice has studied extensively one-to-one with Master Lek Chaiya (known as "Mama Lek") where she received certification in Traditional Thai Herbal Massage and "Jap-Sen" or Nerve Touch. Janice has hosted Lek in the USA since 2001, they co-taught Beginner and Advanced trainings.

Janice is a certified Yoga Instructor trained at the Vivekananda Kendra Yoga Research Institute, Bangalore, India.

Janice has spent extended periods of time in Thailand including a 6 month Intensive study in Traditional Thai Massage. She has immersed herself in Thai culture by travelling to Thailand twice every year to continue to develop her skills and knowledge. She has studied in class and one-to-one with Masters throughout Thailand both formally and informally accruing over 3000 training hours. She has been teaching for 18 years and has trained well over a thousand students. Janice is recognized by her teachers as an Advanced Instructor, the programs offered at Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage are "Sister" programs to The Institute of Thai Massage and Lek Chaiya Nerve Touch Herbal Massage. Janice Gagnon is Co-Director of Thai Healing Alliance International.


  • Spirit Winds is a nationally approved Institution by Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
  • Approved by the National Certification Board of Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a continuing ecucation Approved Provider #225
  • Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage is recognized by Thai Healing Alliance International (T.H.A.I.)
    Co-Director of T.H.A.I. since 2016
  • "Sister School" to ITM, Thailand
  • "Sister School" to Nerve Touch Institute, Thailand

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Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing education Approved Provider #225


Upcoming Classes

2017 Trainings

January 7-13
Northern Style
Levels 3 and 4

January 30-Feb 12
Northern Style
Levels 1 & 2

February 6
Thai Herbal Massage

March 13-19
Northern Style
Levels 3 & 4

March 26-27
Thai Foot Massage

April 23-24
Thai For The Table

April 28-30
Using Your Feet
with Bob Haddad

May 8-12
5-Day Jap Sen
Herbal Thai Massage

May 15-19
5-Day Jap Sen
Herbal Thai Massage
Advanced Therapies

June 10-12
Women's Retreat

June 20-23

History of Thai Massage

with Pierce Salguero

September 11-24
Northern style
Levels 1 & 2

September 18
Thai Herbal Massage

October 20-21 (fri-sat)
Thai For The Table

October 22-23(sun-mon)
Thai Foot Massage

November 6-10
5-Day Jap Sen
Herbal Thai Massage Fundamentals

November 13-17
5-Day Jap Sen
Herbal Thai Massage
Advanced Therapies

December 2-8
Northern Style
Levels 3 & 4