Ananda Apfelbaum, BA, LMT, RYT
Thai Massage Therapist & Instructor

Ananda Apfelbaum, Thai Massage Therapist & Instructor
Ananda Apfelbaum, BA, LMT, RYTPhoto by Maya Apfelbaum

Ananda is the director of Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork™which offers training programs in traditional Thai Massage. She has been teaching nationally and internationally for over 25 years and has been on faculty at the Omega Institute for Holistic Studies as well as at the Pacific College of Oriental Medicine. She has taught workshops at numerous venues including at Ashtanga Yoga Shala, NYC, the Bancroft School of Massage Therapy, Worcester, MA, The Breathing Project, NYC, The Yoga Studio, Toronto, Canada, the Academy of Massage Therapy, NJ, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NYC, Casa Yoga, Laredo, TX, Dzen Spa, Sofia, Bulgaria and at the Fujin Center, Kyoto, Japan.  For more information on workshops, click here.

Ananda is the author of one of the foremost books on Thai Massage, “Thai Massage, Sacred Bodywork” (Avery of Penguin & Putnam, 2003) and is the producer of “Thai Massage, Sacred Bodywork,”, a Thai Massage instructional DVD.

Ananda has been featured for her Thai Massage work in Time Magazine and on Canadian television in Toronto Tonight, Toronto Today, and Toronto Life.

Ananda has over 28 years of experience as a practitioner. She has been a New York State licensed massage therapist since 1989 and received certification as a Thai massage therapist in 1992 from the renown Buntautuk Traditional Hospital in Chiangmai, Thailand. To book a Thai Massage Session with Ananda, click here.

Ananda studied at the Swedish Institute of New York City and graduated from there in 1989. She then traveled to Thailand, China, and Japan to further study Eastern bodywork. In Thailand, Ananda trained with some of country’s foremost Thai Massage masters, including the late Ashokananda, the late Chaiyuth Priyasith, Chongkol Settakorn at the Institute of Thai Massage, and master healer and teacher Pichest Boonthumme whose style she now emulates. Ananda went on to assist master teacher Pichest and created his original training manual.

Ananda also studied Shiatsu at the Ohashi Institute, NYC as well as in Japan at the Kansai Shiatsu Center and the Asahi Cultural Center. She also studied Tuina in China at the Yue-Yang Hospital in Shanghai. Back in the US, Ananda studied reflexology at the Laura Norman & Associates Reflexology Center in New York City.

Ananda was previously a professional dancer  She received a BA in dance from the prestigious Kalakshetra College of Fine Arts, Madras, India and was awarded three scholarships from the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) for advanced training in Odissi (a style of Indian temple dance). Ananda performed Odissi in India, Europe, and the US.

Ananda is also an award-winning photographer. She received a grant from the American Institute for Indian Studies, Chicago to photographically document Odissi dance. Ananda also was awarded a grant from the Lyman Fund to photograph Tibetans. Her photography has been exhibited at the India International Center, the American Embassy, Lalit Kala Akademi and the Omega Institute. Herr Tibetan photographs were published in 1999, as a calendar and card-line called, “In the Heart of Prayer,” by Amber Lotus Publishing Company, San Francisco, CA.

Ananda is also the founder and director of the Tibetan Relief Project, Inc. (TRP), a non-profit organization established in 1997 to help destitute Tibetans with education and medical care. Her project has helped many Tibetans in India, Nepal and Tibet. Ananda created an educational slide show on Tibet to raise awareness of the Tibetan situation. She recently studied Tibetan language for two semesters at Tibet University in Lhasa, Tibet.

Ananda currently lives in New York City where she continues to teach Thai Massage, see her NYC clientele and run the Tibetan Relief Project.