About The Living Well Workshop Co.
Meet Kheng Chua
Kheng Chua, owner of The Living Well Workshop Co., began searching for better health and it led her to a diet known as macrobiotics.
As the path opened up, she became a pioneer in the organic food movement in Singapore. She was one of the founders of Singapore’s first natural and organic food company in 1994, and introduced macrobiotic lifestyle concepts to the public. She also brought in renowned speakers, including macrobiotics founders Michio Kushi and Herman Aihara.
Later, she was drawn into the full spectrum of natural healing in yoga, dance, meditation, and complementary therapy.
By 2000, and many happy coincidences later, she started working with some of the best institutes around the world. Her professional affiliations include: The Upledger Institute, Barral Institute, Chikly Health Institute and Jin Shin Jyutsu, USA., four US-based health resource centers dedicated to the advancement of complementary health.
A passionate and exuberant woman, Kheng lives the life she promotes. She has attended macrobiotic classes in Holland and USA; trekked through Scotland’s Findhorn to attend Carolyn Myss’ healing workshop; danced at the Esalen Institute in California; travelled to Bali, Thailand and New Zealand for meditation retreats. Her passion includes travelling to far flung corners of the world and painting.
Kheng’s life and work is about helping people find their souls and to laugh again.
Meet Jean-Pierre Barral, DO, MRO(F), RPT
Jean-Pierre Barral is a Diplomate of Osteopathy, a Member of the Registre des Ostéopathes de France, and a Physical Therapist. He is the Developer of the manual therapy he calls Visceral Manipulation (VM). Through his clinical work with thousands of patients, he created this modality based on organ-specific fascial mobilization. And through work in a dissection lab, he was able to experiment with VM techniques and see the internal effects of the manipulations. He served as Chairman of the International College of Osteopathy at St. Etienne, France. He was also on the faculty of Médecine de Paris Nord – Université Paris Nord. While on faculty, he was the Chief of the Visceral Manipulation Department—the first time in the world that a VM therapist was part of a medical faculty.
Based on his later clinical work, Jean-Pierre Barral developed additional modalities—Visceral Vascular Manipulation, Nerve Manipulation, and New Manual Articular Approach—in collaboration with Alain Croibier, D.O.
TIME Magazine, citing his development of Visceral Manipulation, named Jean-Pierre Barral, DO one of the Top Healing Innovators to watch in the new millennium.
Jean-Pierre states, even after more than 40 years of research and working with patients, as well as educating tens of thousands of therapists around the world, “we know so little; only the tissues know.” We can think as therapists we know what to do to help a patient, but it is only when we put our hands on the person, that the tissues then show us what is needed.
Barral holds the title of Curriculum Developer for the Barral Institute. Barral took the modalities and developed them into various manual therapy courses, which he has taught since 1985.
Barral has trained and certified a team of International Teachers who also instruct these courses around the world.
Barral is author of the books:
- Visceral Manipulation
- Visceral Manipulation II
- The Thorax
- Urogenital Manipulation
- Manual Thermal Evaluation (formerly Manual Thermal Diagnosis)
- Trauma: An Osteopathic Approach
- Manual Therapy for the Cranial Nerves
- Manual Therapy for the Peripheral Nerves
- Manual Therapy for the Prostate
- Visceral Vascular Manipulation
- New Manual Articular Approach; Upper Extremity
- New Manual Articular Approach; Lower Extremity
- Understanding the Messages of Your Body
- Understanding Messages of Your Joints
About Barral Institute
An international organization providing continuing education and certification based on the innovative manual therapies developed in clinical practice by world-renowned French Osteopath and Physical Therapist Jean-Pierre Barral.
- Visceral Manipulation
- Visceral Vascular Manipulation
- Neural Manipulation
- New Manual Articular Approach
- Lymph Drainage Therapy
French Osteopath Alain Croibier collaborated with Jean-Pierre Barral to develop Visceral Vascular Manipulation, Neural Manipulation and New Manual Articular Approach. The courses are based on clinical techniques personally developed by Jean-Pierre Barral combined with Alain Croibier’s scientific information.
Alumni include osteopathic physicians, allopathic physicians, doctors of chiropractic, doctors of Oriental medicine, physical therapists, occupational therapists, acupuncturists, massage therapists and other professional bodyworkers.
Meet Dr John E. Upledger
- Co-Founder, The Upledger Institute (now Upledger Institute International)
- Medical Director (Retired), Upledger Clinical Services
- 1975-1983 clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at Michigan State University
- Certified Fellow of the American Academy of Osteopathy
- Academic Fellow of the British Society of Osteopathy
- Doctor of Science, Medicina Alternativa
In addition to his books, Dr. Upledger developed study guides for classroom instruction and wrote dozens of articles for peer-reviewed and special interest publications.
- CranioSacral Therapy
- SomatoEmotional Release
- The Brain Speaks
- Upledger Intensive Therapy Programs
- CranioSacral – Dolphin Integrative Therapy Programs
- CranioSacral – Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD) Programs
- Alternative Medicine Program Advisory Council for the Office of Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C.
- TIME Magazine, one of America’s “Next Wave of Innovators” for his proven clinical applications of CranioSacral Therapy
Dr. John E. Upledger is co-founder of The Upledger Institute International, Inc. and former medical director of Upledger Clinical Services. Born on February 10, 1932 in Detroit, Michigan, Dr. Upledger passed away on October 26, 2012 at his home in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida. For manual therapists and other healthcare practitioners worldwide, his legacy is his generosity of spirit in sharing his discoveries and knowledge and ensuring their right to practice, For his patients and the patients of his students, his legacy is an open mind and heart to the validity of non-traditional medical approaches. For his family and good friends everywhere, his legacy is to stay with your journey despite the obstacles. He has proudly passed the torch From His Hands to Ours.
About Upledger Institute International, Inc.
Dedicated to the natural enhancement of health, the Institute is recognized worldwide for its groundbreaking continuing-education programs, clinical research and therapeutic services.
Throughout his career as an osteopathic physician, Dr. Upledger was recognized as an innovator and leading proponent in the investigation of new therapies. His development of CranioSacral Therapy in particular has earned him international acclaim.
Although much of his experience was garnered through private clinical practice, Dr. Upledger served from 1975-1983 as a clinical researcher and Professor of Biomechanics at the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. It was during those years that his team of anatomists, physiologists, biophysicists and bioengineers were tasked with performing the experiments testing the existence and influence of the craniosacral system.
The results of those scientific studies explained the function of the craniosacral system and its use in evaluating and treating poorly understood malfunctions of the brain and spinal cord. Dr. Upledger went on to develop CranioSacral Therapy and other complementary modalities that are now taught worldwide to healthcare professionals through Upledger Institute International’s educational programs. Over 100,000 practitioners trained in more than 100 countries have taken Upledger courses.
Meet Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, LMT
Bruno Chikly, MD (France), DO (France, It., UK), LMT (AZ), is the director of the Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT) and Brain curriculi.
He is a graduate of the Medical School at Saint Antoine Hospital in France, where his internship in general medicine included training in endocrinology, surgery, neurology and psychiatry. Dr. Chikly also earned the United States equivalent of a master’s degree in psychology from Paris XIII University, France.
His medical doctoral thesis, which addressed the lymphatic system, its historical evolution and the manual lymphatic drainage technique, was awarded a Medal of Medical Faculty of Paris VI, a prestigious acknowledgment for in-depth work and scientific presentation.
Dr Chikly extensively studied osteopathic techniques and other hands-on modalities, both in Europe and the United States, including Manual Lymphatic Therapies, Osteopathy in the Cranial field, Biodynamics program in Osteopathy, CranioSacral Therapy, Visceral Manipulation, Mechanical Link, Muscle Energy, Myofascial Release, Neuromuscular Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release, Orthobionomy, Chi Nei Tsang, Zero Balancing, Reflexology, Polarity Therapy, Homeopathy and Oriental medicines. He is also a long-time practitioner of Aikido and Qi Qong.
Lymph Drainage Therapy and Brain Therapy workshops have been taught in Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Thailand, Tunisia, UK, and the United States.
Dr. Chikly is a member of the International Society of Lymphology (ISL) and an associate member of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), the Cranial Academy and a licensed massage therapist from Arizona, USA. He was Adjunct Professor of the Union Institute and University Graduate College (University of Ohio), he is listed in the millennium edition of Marquis’ Who’s Who in the World. Dr Chikly was the recipient of the 2014 Massage Therapy Hall of Fame.
In his definitive text, “Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy,” 3rd Edition (480 pages), Dr. Chikly addresses the applications for lymphedema, chronic pain and inflammation. “Silent Waves” is carried by Stanford University Medical Library and is the first comprehensive book on the lymphatic system and lymphedema in North America.
Dr. Chikly, is an international seminar leader, lecturer and writer. He has spoken to most North American professional medical and health-related groups and to many lymphedema support groups. He lives in Arizona with is wife and teaching partner Alaya Chikly, LMT. She is curriculum director of Heart Centered Transformation (HCT) that addresses the emotional component of trauma and diseases.
About Chikly Health Institute
The Chikly Health Institute (CHI) is an organization devoted to education, research and therapeutic excellence.
The Chikly Health Institute offers cutting-edge courses to healthcare professionals around the world. These modalities are non invasive and effective in treating a full spectrum of physical and emotional conditions. We are committed to passion in education and excellence in the content and quality of our classes.
Meet Mary Burmeister
Mary Burmeister (1918 – 2008) is credited with bringing Jin Shin Jyutsu to the West in the 1950s. Her painstaking apprenticeship with Jiro Murai and her ensuing research resulted in broad dissemination of this life-changing Art. Thanks to Mary, thousands of students worldwide have been exposed to the theoretical and practical basis of Jin Shin Jyutsu.
Mary practiced what she taught, leaving behind abundant testimonials of how she lived the smile that she encouraged others to “Be”. Her office was always busy with her clientele from all corners of the globe, and she worked long hours helping to harmonize those who came to see her.
Jin Shin Jyutsu is an art of harmonizing the life energy in the body. Born of innate wisdom and passed down from generation to generation by word of mouth, the Art had fallen into relative obscurity when it was dramatically revived in the early 1900’s by Master Jiro Murai in Japan.
After clearing himself of a life-threatening illness, Master Murai devoted the rest of his life to the research and development of Jin Shin Jyutsu, gathering insight from a range of experiences and resources, including the Kojiki (Record of Ancient Things). The resulting knowledge of Jin Shin Jyutsu was then given to Mary Burmeister, who brought it to the United States in the 1950’s.
Mary Burmeister began teaching the Art to others in the early 1960’s, and today there are thousands of students throughout the United States and around the world.
Meet Marjorie Brook, massage therapist, author, and international educator
“I work from the fundamental belief that your body is intuitively aligned with the thoughts that you think, the emotions that you feel, and the things that you do.”
Achieving emotional and physical balance is crucial. I believe that you must reconnect with your body at an elemental level in order to achieve genuine inner peace and physical balance.
I founded Brook Seminars in 2007 after working for a decade as a nationally recognized massage therapist, with my own private practice on Long Island, NY.
My long-term vision was to fundamentally transform the way in which therapists practice bodywork. I yearned to enhance the lives of patients by demonstrating how to effectively diminish pain. I knew that the lives of those with a limited range of motion — resulting from poor posture, injury, scarring, and medical disorders — could be enriched with a combination of massage therapy, scar tissue release techniques, integrated therapeutic stretching and proper body mechanics.
Since then, my vision has become a full-blown reality. I’ve had the opportunity to instruct continuing education courses on my Scar Tissue Release and Integrated Therapies (STRAIT) Method™ all over the world, and my articles have appeared in magazines such as Massage Today, American Fitness, and Massage World.
I’ve completed live interviews with numerous radio blogs, and had two series of stretching manuals published — which have been adopted by a multitude of health-care practitioners and health-oriented individuals.
My passion for teaching is most often rewarded when the potential impact of my techniques hits home — I’ve witnessed many “Ah ha” moments as students realize the positive implications for their patients and themselves.
Oh, and laughter is not only endorsed, it’s a requirement in the classroom.
I lecture audiences globally on the importance of finding mind-body balance and, in addition to my work with Brook Seminars I run my own private massage therapy practice. I designed the latter to be a haven from the pressures of day-to-day life and use it as a platform to encourage people to take time out for themselves.
I’m approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork, the Massage Therapy Association of Alberta and the College of Massage Therapists of British Columbia as a continuing education provider.
I meet current standards for continuing education for the American Massage Therapy Association and the States of Florida, New York and Texas. And I’m certified by theBoard of Certification for Athletic Trainers to provide continuing education for certified athletic trainers.”
- Certified Cupping Therapist
- Certified Functional Movement Screen Practitioner since 2013
- Advanced Active Isolated Stretching Practitioner since 2003
- Certified Myofasical Release since 2003
- Certified Soft Tissue Release since 2000
- Certified Thermal Paraffin Wax Therapy since 1999
- Nationally Certified, NYS Licensed Massage Therapist since 1997
- Certified Infant Massage Instructor since 1997
- F.I.T. Certified Personal Trainer since 1996
- National CE Approved Provider for NCNTMB, BOC, MTAA, CMTBC, FL & NY States