Master Mantak Chia is the creator of the Healing Tao, Tao Yoga, Universal HEALING TAO System and the director of the Universal HEALING TAO Center and Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort in the beautiful northern countryside of Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Since childhood, he has been studying the Taoist approach to life. Master Chia’s mastery of this ancient knowledge enhanced by his study of other disciplines has resulted in the development of the Healing Tao & Universal HEALING TAO System which is now being taught throughout the world. In more than 45 years of teaching, Master Chia has published over 55 books on Taoist practices and estimates 75 books in total to convey the full Universal Healing Tao System.
Master Mantak Chia was born in Thailand to Chinese parents in 1944. While still a grammar school student he learned traditional Thai boxing. He was then taught Tai Chi Chuan by Master Lu, who soon introduced him to Aikido, Yoga and broader levels of Tai Chi. It was Master Yi Eng who authorized Master Chia to teach and heal. Master Cheng Yao-Lun’s system combined Thai boxing and Kung Fu. Mantak Chia also studied at this time with Master Pan Yu whose system combined Taoist, Buddhist and Zen teachings.
Master Pan Yu also taught him about the exchange of Yin and Yang power between men and women and how to develop the Steel Body. To understand the mechanisms behind healing energy better, Master Chia studied Western anatomy and medical science for two years. Using his knowledge of Taoism combined with the other disciplines, Master Mantak Chia began teaching the Universal Healing Tao System. He eventually trained other instructors to communicate this knowledge and he established the Natural Healing Center in Thailand. For instructors around the world, please visit www.universal-tao.com
During his years in America, Grand Master Mantak Chia continued his studies in the Wu System of Tai Chi with Edward Yee in New York. Since then, Master Chia has taught tens of thousands of students throughout the world. Living Tao Centers, Chi Nei Tsang Institutes, Cosmic Healing Forums and Immortal Tao Mountain Sanctuaries have opened in many location in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa and Australia.
Master Mantak Chia has been the only one named twice as Qigong Master of the Year by the International Congress of Chinese Medicine and Qi Gong in 1990 and 2012 and is also listed as number 18 of the 100 most Spiritually Influential people in The Watkins Review 2012. Nowadays, Master Chia is still in the list of the 100 most influential spiritual leaders
In 1994, Mantak Chia moved back to Thailand, where he began construction of Tao Garden and the HEALING TAO Center fifteen miles outside of Chiang Mai.
In December 2000, the Tao Garden Health Resort and HEALING TAO Training Center was completed with Immortal Energy Meditation Halls, two open air Simple Chi Kung Pavilion, indoor Tai Chi, Tao Yin and Chi Nei Tsang Hall, Tai Chi Natural, Swimming Pool, Pakua Integrative Medical Clinic Center, World Class Weight Lifting and eight complete Ball Court Recreational Facilities.
In February 2002, the Immortal Tao practices were held at Tao Garden for the first time using Darkroom technology creating a complete environment for higher level Taoist practices.
In September 2003 Master Chia opened the Tao Garden Holistic Medical Spa using Western and Eastern Technology with Traditional Thai Massage, India Ayurveda Therapies and Chinese Chi Nei Tsang Massage. The Spa is supervised by trained and certificated Medical Doctors, MDs with Holistic Degrees providing Colonic Therapy, Stem Cell Cancer Prevention and Natural Cancer Cure Treatments. In March 2004 the Complete Holistic Mind, Body and Spirit Training was introduce at Tao Garden.
In July 2009 Master Mantak Chia introduced the Five Star Eight Forces Detox Tao Spa with Saunas, Therapy Color Heated Pool, Jacuzzi, and Internal Massage Treatments. This was also introduced Fasting Program with Organic Juice Bar.
In September 2010 the Universal HEALING TAO Instructors celebrated thirty years of Master Chia’s teaching with the Tao Congress at Tao Garden having over 100 instructors present for the celebration.