Spirit Winds

Teachers

Spirit Winds Certified Teachers

Head Teacher – Founder of Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage

Janice Gagnon

Janice Gagnon

Founder - Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage

Janice Gagnon is the founder of Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage located in Nevada City, CA.  She has been studying throughout all regions of Thailand since 1997. Janice is recognized as an Advanced Instructor and Therapist.  She studied at the Institute of Thai Massage and The Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  Janice has also studied extensively one-to-one with Master Lek Chaiya in “Jap-Sen” Herbal Thai Massage.  Janice has hosted and co-taught with Lek at Spirit Winds from 2001-2012.  Lek passed on in 2013, Janice carries on this matriarchal lineage in her loving memory.

CERTIFICATION AND ACCREDITATION:

1989
University of Alberta Bachelor of Arts-Graduation with Distinction

08/1998
Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals (ABMP)
Certified Bodywork Therapist
04/1999
Bureau Private Postsecondary Vocational Education (BPPVE)
COA – Instructor
12/1999
Institute of Thai Massage (ITM)
Spirit Winds honored as a “Sister School”
09/2001
Bureau Private Postsecondary Vocational Education (BPPVE)
Registered Institution
09/2001
Nerve Touch Institute
Spirit Winds honored as a “Sister School”
11/2005
Thai Healing Alliance International (T.H.A.I.)
Executive Council member, Registered Thai Therapist (RTT), Member Institution
2001-2012
Co-Teaching with Master Teacher from Thailand, Lek Chaiya, owner
Instructor, Curriculum development, Advertising, Marketing, Program Director
erve Touch Institute

 

Affiliate Teachers

Chelsie Wilson

Chelsie Wilson

Certified Teacher

Chelsie Wilson is the owner of Wild Sage, a collective studio of massage therapy, yoga, meditation, art & personal/professional workshops located in Hastings, NE. Chelsie is a Licensed Massage Therapist specializing in Thai Massage, with over 1,500 hours of training in massage therapy and yoga. She is studying directly under and assisting Janice Gagnon, founder of Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage. She will be offering Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage: Jap Sen Fundamentals, Northern Style Level 1 & 2, and Thai Table in the Midwest

Background in this area include:

  • Owner of Wild Sage Studio: massage, yoga, meditation, art, personal/professional workshops
  • Presenter at professional forums
  • Wellness/Mindfulness Collaboration with youth & educators in public school
  • Continue Education Coordinator & assistant 2009
  • Thai Massage instructor with Omaha School of Massage & Healthcare since 2011
  • Thai Massage Training including: Northern Style and Thai Table massage various Thai Therapist since 2009.
  • Advanced studying under Janice Gagnon in the Style of “Jap Sen” Nerve Touch, Northern, Thai Herbal, Thai Table
  • 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through Lotus House of Yoga 2011
  • Graduate of Omaha School of Massage Therapy, Omaha, NE 2006
  • Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art & Art History, Hastings College, Hastings, NE 2005
Francine Petit

Francine Petit

Certified Teacher

Francine has been passionate about practicing Thai Massage for the past 19 years and teaching it for the past 11 years. With over 1000 hours of Thai Massage training and over 4500 hours of recorded practice, Francine is one of the highest qualified Traditional Thai Massage practitioners in Canada.
She has studied with a dozen highly qualified Thai Massage teachers from all over the world.
Janice Gagnon of Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage was her first teacher and is a great friend. Her second teacher was Lek Chaiya, a reputable healer whom Janice brought from Thailand to America.

Francine has a full-time practice in Calgary, AB, giving 25 hours of Thai Bodywork weekly, and teaches Thai Massage there as well as in Nelson, BC. She is also a Registered Massage Therapist in Orthopedic Massage. She studies and practices Yuang Gong Qi Gong and the Ren Xue method taught by master healer Yuan Tze. She is also pursuing her studies in Clinical Thai Bodywork, which uses point therapy.

Francine is French Canadian, born in Québec. She resided in BC for 20 years where she was a hiking guide and Thai Masseuse at various lodges.

Francine is an avid outdoor enthusiast and loves to travel to tropical countries. She loves to mountain bike, hike or snow board. Roaming the forest in search of medicinal plants and mushrooms, which she has been studying for over 20 years, is one of her greatest passions. She enjoys healthy cooking and is doing her certificate in body-mind performance. With her extensive travelling, she has learned to speak fluently three languages. She is a single mother of a beautiful 23-year-old woman.

“I will always be a student of Thai Massage.” —Francine Petit

Andrea Mesple

Andrea Mesple

Certified Teacher

Andrea Mesple is a Licensed Massage Therapist, specializing in Thai Massage, with over 1,500 hours of training in Massage Therapy and Yoga.  She has been apprenticing with Janice Gagnon at Spirit Winds School of Thai massage since 2009.

Her accomplishments include:

Graduate of Ralston School of Massage Reno, NV
Over 500 hours of Thai Massage Training including: Basic and Advanced “Jap-Sen,” Northern Style Levels 1-4 and Thai foot massage.
Experienced- Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 200)
Certified 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training through YogaMotion
Certified Forrest Yoga Advanced Teacher Training
Certified Anusara Yoga Therapy Teacher Training
Certified Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training
Studied Thai massage, Vipassana meditation and Yoga in Thailand.
Master of Arts, International Security and Conflict Studies from Dublin City University in Dublin, Ireland
Bachelor of Arts, International Communications from California State University, Sacramento

Aja Royal-Mann

Aja Royal-Mann

Certified Teacher

Aja Royal-Mann is an Advanced Thai Massage Therapist and Yoga instructor in Los Angeles, CA.   She began her Thai massage journey with Spirit Winds in 2011, and has studied extensively with her mentor Janice Gagnon since then. 
Aja has completed well over 500 hours of Traditional Thai Massage Training with several teachers, and over 1000 hours of Yoga Teacher Training with Annie Carpenter and Maty Ezraty. 
She has been a primary teaching assistant at Spirit Winds and with her Yoga teachers. Aja is managing the opening of a new Retreat Center in Boulder, CO for 2018.

Thai Massage Training with Aja will be offered at this incredible mountain location for Intro to Thai Massage, Jap Sen Fundamentals, and Northern Style Levels 1 & 2.

www.bareyoga.org

Guest Teachers

Jennifer Tyler

Jennifer Tyler

(LMT11382)

Jennifer Tyler (LMT11382) is a confirmed teacher in the lineage of Sharon Landrith and Adyashanti. She offers support in the unfoldment of spiritual awakening through: private meetings for spiritual-inquiry, group silent retreats and transformational healing sessions.