Best Health Spa in the World – Tao Garden, Thailand Healing Retreats

The Universal Healing Tao System

Bubbling from the earth like a freshwater spring is the Universal Healing Tao System centered in the Tao Garden Health Spa Resort and Training Center near the city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.

Founded in 1994, Tao Garden is the real-world expression of a great vision long held by Grand Master Mantak Chia; to integrate the best of Western Holistic Medicine with the Ancient Traditions of Taoist Practice, Signature Treatments of Chi Nei Tsang and Karsai Nei Tsang massage, plus Chinese, Thai and Ayurvedic Medicine.

Healing the Body, Mind and Spirit

Mantak Chia PictureMaster Chia realized a simple truth after years of studying the Tao and practicing Martial Arts, Yoga, Tai Chi and Buddhism; mastering one’s self and the Art of Living begin with a healthy physical body.

Whatever one dreams for the future or how much money, fame or knowledge one accumulates, without good health life cannot be lived to the fullest.

Furthermore, the secret to good health is clean blood, clean cells, and clean chi (universal life force). A comprehensive regimen of detoxification of the internal organs, nervous system, tissue and bone structures is the essential first step to achieve mental, emotional and spiritual independence, the Ultimate Goal of Taoist Practice.

The History of Taoism

The roots of Taoism trace through the history of China like vital meridians from before the composition of the Tao Te Ching (the I Ching) in the 3rd or 4th century BCE, before the “Legendary Period” compilation of the Yellow Emperor’s Manual (Nei Ching Su Wen) 4-5,000 years ago and into the mists of pre-history.

Taoism is the life blood of Chinese medicine, Acupuncture, Qigong, Kung Fu, Tai Chi, Feng Sui, and other forms.

These all share a common theme of healing the individual, thus healing society as a whole. In this modern age, Taoism has evolved into a thicket of entangled lineages, competing schools and rival teachers claiming Mastery.

With the opening of Tao Garden and the establishment of the Universal Tao Healing System, Mantak Chia, a widely recognized Grand Master, has brought Taoism into the 21st Century in a pure form appropriate for the era.

The Role of Western Holistic Medicine in the East

Oriental Philosophy and Medicine are intertwined and inseparable like the two sides of the symbol for Yin & Yang.

Their long history as the twin foundations of Asian societies attests to the empirical efficacy of healing practices such as Acupuncture, Chi Gong, Ayuveda and Massage, as well as the benefits of a World View rooted in dynamic integration of the Inner World with the Natural Environment.

The evolution of Western Medicine and its accompanying technology has benefited mankind with a wealth of knowledge about the microscopic world of blood, cells, pathogens and the complex chemistry of the human body.

The genius of Mantak Chia is to bring these two worlds together at Tao Garden with the cutting edge Pakua Holistic Clinic, the Anyamanee Spa, Organic Cuisine at the Kwan Yin Dining Hall, and daily instruction in Chi Gong, Tai Chi, Yoga and other traditional forms.

The Ideal Tao Garden Experience

Tao Garden ThailandLike a mansion with many doorways, a Tao Garden healing journey can be entered in many ways and on many levels. There are more choices of diagnosis and treatment available than in any other Health Spa or Holistic Medical Clinic anywhere.

Returning visitors often design their own schedule of treatment or consult with the resident physician to compare their progress with the records from previous visits.

First time visitors are encouraged to try one of the specially designed Packages for every need such as Weight Loss, Burnout and Detox, Fitness or Fasting.

However, for a life changing experience, one that can set a course for optimum wellness free from chronic ailments and physical limitations to spiritual growth, the first step is a medical evaluation form a highly trained physician who can recommend a regimen that draws upon the full breadth of Holistic and Traditional treatments available at Tao Garden.

A Life Altering Sense of Wellness

Blood TestingA visitor with strong intent for wellness may find the cornucopia of treatments available at Tao Garden a bit overwhelming.

In that case it is best to get the Full Doctor Consultation which will include:

  • Darkfield Live Blood Analysis (a drop of blood from the fingertip)
  • Aura Bio-Electrographic Evaluation (Kirlian imagery showing energy distribution)
  • Personal Metabolic Typing

You will also receive several other very thorough tests. The Doctor, who is fully certified in Western Allopathic and Holistic Medicine, is also highly trained in Eastern Healing Traditions such as Acupuncture, Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine.

From this Consultation a protocol of treatment, diet, regular practice and life style adjustments will be determined beginning with anywhere from a simple one day cleanse to a 30 day intensive program, leading to a life altering renewed enthusiasm for overall health of the body mind and spirit.

Highlights of Treatment

The “Signature Treatments” of Chi Nei Tsang and Karsai Nei Tsang detox massages (internal organ and genital respectively) were originated by Mantak Chia to clear blockages to the free flow of chi throughout the vital internal organs, digestive and eliminative tracts, and the reproductive organs.

Thai MassageThe healthy unimpeded flow of sexual vitality (which is a function of chi flow) up the spine and down the front meridians of the body is a conceptual departure from other Asian systems which depict the chi (or prana) flow from the low chakras through the higher chakras and up through the crown.

The circular flow recognized by Mantak Chia, from the base chakra up the spine to the Universal Chi and back down through the front of the body (named by Chia as the Microcosmic Orbit) is a revolutionary concept for modern times based on ancient Taoist teaching. This is the subtle yet powerful undercurrent pervading all the practices and treatments at Tao Garden.

Grace and Beauty in Healing

The rhythmic pace of Tao Garden, the elegant surroundings laid out to conform to patterns of Feng Sui, the courteous competence of staff and practitioners underscore dynamic principles of a broad comprehension of the nature of life, of living a healthy fulfilling life.

Somehow this all comes together as visitors gather in the Kwan Yin Dining Hall, an open air nexus of international fellow travelers on the path of wellness. Over exquisitely prepared organic cuisine, new friendships are made, old ones renewed and the adventures of the day’s healing are recounted.

The red/orange Thai sun settles, after dinner tea is finished and all wander off to an evening Chi Gong session, a good book or meditation and a peaceful sleep.

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Curtis McCoscoWriter, photographer, raconteur, Curtis fled from academia to further his education in Haight-Ashbury and the streets of Hollywood.

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  1. Thanks for the detailed information on Taoism and Tao gardens. Also, your guide on Tao treatments and your emphasis on the benefits of Western medicine are very intriguing as well. 

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