Brandon Raynor has a Diploma of Naturopathy, Diploma of Remedial Massage, Diploma of Shiatsu, Diploma of Chinese Herbs, Diploma of Ayurvedic Medicine, and is the President International Natural Therapists Association (I.N.T.A.) Brandon Raynor is the founder and principal of Brandon Raynor’s School of Massage and Natural Therapies. Brandon Raynor teaches his powerful form of massage called “Raynor Bodywork” globally with his caring and committed team.
Born in Ottawa, Canada in August 1969, Brandon was raised in Canada, Central Africa, the United States and Australia. He completed his early schooling in these countries where he was privileged to experience and learn a great deal about other cultures at an early age.
Brandon attended Sydney University in the late 1980’s where he studied Psychology, Philosophy, Comparative religion, Sociology, Education, Government and Economics. He then went on to study yoga, meditation and the Vedic philosophies of India , as well as different martial art forms including Kung Fu, Karate, Aikido and Judo.
He first embarked on his study of natural medicine in 1990 undertaking his Diploma of Naturopathy with Health Schools Australia and then going on to complete his Diploma of Remedial Massage.
Brandon’s travels and studies had led him to understand the benefits of a vegetarian diet and he has been vegetarian since 1987. He has studied wholefood nutrition and worked in the health industry for several years dispensing nutritional advice while continuing to learn about whole foods and their preparation. Brandon then put this study to use, teaching numerous seminars on vegan wholefood nutrition and how to obtain all your nutrients from a vegan diet in addition to food preparation methods and the Ayurvedic approach to nutrition.
His interest in Eastern medicine was heightened in 1992 when he first experienced shiatsu massage from a clinic operating in the same building as his workplace. He found this method of massage treatment so fascinating and effective that he decided to study it. He then went on to complete a course on Shiatsu Massage and practiced in the Eastern suburbs of Sydney before moving to Byron Bay, the alternative lifestyle capital of Australia. Brandon also studied shiatsu with many Japanese practitioners of this art form both in Australia and Japan.
By 1994 Brandon had completed his Naturopathy Diploma and was practicing as a Naturopath and Massage Therapist in Byron Bay, Australia. His learning were furthered in Byron Bay where he often traded massage treatments with many of the other therapists of different healing arts practicing in Byron Bay and the Gold Coast during this time. It was here also, that Brandon first came across re-birthing and the Integrative Breathe Therapy and started to understand the power of using the breath to release deeply held emotions in the body. He would later combine this with massage to help make his unique style of massage called Raynor Bodywork.
Brandon was also drawn to Chinese Medicine and decided to study a Diploma of Chinese Herbal Medicine which he completed in 1995. Chinese Medical theories especially the yin-yang theory and the 5 elements theory would also greatly influence the development of his massage style later on.
He understood the importance of diet in dealing with a large number of the world’s problems from environmental issues and health to animal welfare and world starvation and became involved in political campaigns to highlight these issues. During these years of campaigning, he formed a New South Wales state political party called EarthSave, ran for Byron Bay council twice and formed a federal political party called Brandon Raynor’s Green Liberals with a business friendly environment platform.
Brandon’s other political activities included heading a campaign to stop McDonalds setting up in the Blue Mountains in 1997, involvement in the campaign against old growth logging in Goolengook forest in Victoria in 1998 and working with a group of yoga and meditation ashrams who objected to the perverted depiction of Vedic and Hindu culture that was being put forth by organizers of a Sydney event in 1999.
Brandon was passionate about lobbying for causes he believed in but at this time, he realized he could make the most difference through his healing and massage and moved back to Sydney in 1998 to start teaching massage courses.
10 years after he first started studying massage, Brandon had developed a unique style of massage that was becoming very powerful. Combining much of the knowledge from the various traditions of healing that he had studied, Brandon was using massage to move the chi in the body as well as working on the very deep muscular levels to provide a powerful physical and emotional release of tension and stress. He had learnt about the power of the abdomen through shiatsu , rebirthing and via other practitioners he had worked with over the years and had incorporated this into his massage also.
By 2001 Brandon Raynor’s massage classes were very popular and he had started teaching nationally in Australia as well as running his own clinics in Sydney and Brisbane. By late 2001 he had begun full time teaching and administering his now Australia wide massage school.
Brandon continued his studies at this time and completed his Diploma in Ayurvedic Medicine with Ayurvedacharya David Frawley in 2002. Ayurveda had a profound influence on Brandon ’s philosophy of healing and his way of viewing the world. Ayurveda has very detailed understanding of the connection of the mind, body and spirit. Along with the understandings that Brandon has gained through studying meditation for almost 25 years, Ayurveda has had a very large influence on the way he views people and the nature of healing.
His teachings were very controversial when he first began teaching and still continue to be so today. This is because Brandon teaches as much as possible in short courses. He also believes that he won’t teach anything he doesn’t use himself. He only teaches practical ways to help the practitioner totally free their client up from tension, stress and emotional blockages. Brandon believes that most important qualities of a massage therapist are empathy, communication skills, depth of character and being physically and emotionally healthy.
Following his own path and choosing what he believes is the best way to teach people massage has won him a lot of
friends and also made opponents of some people in the more conventionally minded massage industry who tend to emphasise more western rather than eastern approaches to the body. These people don’t see massage an art form and they view Brandon ’s massage schools’ ability to teach people massage in short courses to be a threat to their livelihood and status.
By 2002 and 2003 Brandon had expanded his very successful classes from Australia to the United States , the UK , Ireland , New Zealand and later Canada. Since 2002, his school has held classes in London quarterly and has held many classes across North America.
In the years between 2003 and the present, Brandon Raynor’s massage school has also taught in countries such as South Africa , Malaysia , Singapore , Germany , Dubai and India .
With Brandon’s unique approach to training massage therapists as well as his own unique style of massage, Brandon decided there was a need for an association to represent the needs of the School’s graduates and so in 2003, he formed the International Natural Therapists Association. This body has been active in campaigning to keep freedom of artistic expression and respect for cultural diversity in the massage profession.
In 2007 Brandon and one of his teachers Terry Masson, traveled around the US protesting at the lack of freedom in various states for massage therapy training and practice. This “Freedom Ride” as it became known attracted a large amount of interest and still generates many discussions and debates on the internet and in the newspapers.
Settling in Hawaii in 2005, he became a licensed massage therapist there in 2006.
Brandon Raynor has two sons, Jayananda (Jai) and Balaram ( Bali) and his duties as a father are a great source of joy for him. He is currently settled in the Noosa hinterland of the Sunshine Coast, Australia with his new wife Cori-Nicole and his two boys.
Brandon travels the world both teaching and researching massage, natural healing methods and philosophies from around the world. So far he has traveled to almost 45 countries and many different regions within those countries both receiving massage and healing from local practitioners. He also takes great pleasure in sharing his methods and knowledge with practitioners worldwide.
He now spends his time between his homes in Hawaii and Australia and frequently visits Canada and Europe whilst continuing to teach his advanced courses globally.
Student Testimonials about Brandon Raynor and his massage
How wonderful that massage was that you gave me in the course and how much it has changed my life.
As I mentioned, since my lung collapsing and being off the pill, my cycles were around 54 days long without ovulating. I had tried all kinds of herbs but after the massage, my next cycle was exactly 28 days with ovulating and, as a result, guess what…. I’m pregnant! An absolutely wonderful surprise and byproduct of an amazing therapy. I’m 13 weeks currently and have been really well, happy and healthy since the massage.
I just thought you should know how amazing the therapy actually is and what incredible things it can change not
only mentally but physically and biologically as well. So a BIG thank you for your amazing gift of healing.
Todd and I are both so grateful and happy for all of your invaluable help.
Hope you have a great day.
I have just completed the Advanced Raynor Massage course in London taught by Mr Brandon Raynor himself. I had previously completed both the Certificate and then Diploma courses taught by the amazing Karen French also in London.
Brandon I’m trying to find the right words to express how much your therapy and teachings have changed my life but to be honest I’m struggling to find words that are adequate. Maybe it’s best if I tell a little about myself, my story and my own personal journey with Raynor Massage.
So starting from the beginning my name is Dave Taylor and I was born in Paisley, Scotland but now live near Sutton, London. After finishing my education, I decided to indulge my passion for travel. What an adventure that was! I started off working in the entertainment business in South Wales, then on ships cruising around the Mediterranean, with stops in Menorca, Malta and Tenerife before exploring South America.
It was whilst I was working in Spain that I was involved in a serious car accident where the whiplash I suffered caused me to have debilitating neck and back injuries. Conventional doctors helped, but I was still left in near constant pain. It was this pain and my reluctance to be dependent on medication that drove me to seek alternative treatment and how I first encountered the life changing benefits of massage. I was still travelling and went on a mission to find new practitioners in the different countries I stayed in some were great others just seemed inneffectual and left me feeling frustrated. However, one therapist I encountered in Greece made such an impact on me that I decided to enrol on his massage course. Learning this new skill was such an enriching experience and it was driven by the realization that I could help others also to be relieved of pain and tension. The various treatments I had experienced across the world made a massive improvement to my condition but the dreaded pain would always eventually return to some degree.
I then discovered Raynor Massage, (some would say by chance, I believe in fate though) it works at a deep level, getting to the root of the problem and releasing the tension. After a course of treatments I not only found my neck, back and shoulders to finally be free of pain but I was now calmer and yet more energised.
It was clear to me that this really was a style of massage unlike any I had experienced before and I was determined to learn this particular technique for myself. The courses were intense but immensely rewarding. Doing the advanced course with Brandon Raynor was a truly amazing experience and I am so proud to be one of just a few advanced Raynor Massage therapists working in London and the only one in Sutton.
So how has Raynor Massage changed my life? Well, I am now pain free! and I have not popped any kind of pain relief medication for my neck pain for over a year! Having regular Raynor Massage has left me feeling so much more relaxed and well. The better I feel health-wise the better I feel about myself and I am now listening to my body and feeding it good food and cutting down (but not out) on the booze and bad stuff! I have also made some amazing new friends. People I met on the Raynor maasage courses have remained good friends to this day. But maybe best of all, it has given me a new career. I am now established as an Advanced Raynor Massage Therapist, working from a private Health Centre in Sutton, London sharing this wonderful therapy and treating real people with real problems every single day. Of course the financial reward is nice, but the reward in making people feel better is simply priceless.
Erm, for somebody who was struggling to find words, I think I have probably said enough now! So Brandon, let me finish with this final, single word. Thanks
Dave Taylor www.davetaylormassage.co.uk
Quite an amazing course. I had no idea massage could provide the results the Raynor Technique does. From being exposed to a full on session from Brandon- mainly on me, the potential is amazing and a little scary. However having found my own style and technique and having completed treating a number of patients I am delighted. This is a life changing treatment. Last night I treated my friends 15 year old daughter with just a foot massage as she had sore legs. He told me there was no way I would even be able to touch her feet. Job done, pain gone and she was amazed.
What really surprised him was the fact that I diagnosed that she had problems in her belly from her back muscles, and this was replicated in her feet. Feet rubbed, belly went strange on her, next day she was great.
This is a very powerful treatment combination unlike any other I have experienced, and I have been massaged in 15 different countries and styles now.
If you want to help change people’s lives learn the technique. It works.
Mike Francis çompleted Raynor massage course in Auckland
It was a pleasure to meet and watch Brandon Raynor demonstrating his creation. I do recommend to anyone who like to develop “Brandon Raynor Style Massage” to sign on the advance course. Since the course,I notice a huge progress in my skill. Looking forward to meet Brandon Raynor again to absorb is knowledge, the man is a Master in Body relaxation.
After receiving a demonstration massage from Brandon Raynor, I now truly understand the meaning of relax.
Thank you for 5 great days with the Grand Master.
Jean Yvon Bouvet, London Advanced Massage Course
Outstanding Course!!!! Brandon is one of the most engaging and inspiring teachers of the world today.
Shaun Melville Perth
It was an AMAZING experience for me to do the certificate and Diploma course. I must say, what a privilege to have Brandon as our Instructor. Your style of teaching and approach is very holistic. It’s very practical from the very first day. I’ve learned so much for first day of the course that I was really excited to practice the massage in the weekend. Brandon I salute you, you rock!!! I would really recommend this kind of training.
I’m really looking forward to do the advance diploma in the future. Brandon you are a blessing to all of us in the course.
Alberto (Robert), firstname.lastname@example.org
Prior to attending Brandon Raynor’s Course I had been currently studying through a massage college by distance education. Most of the learning has been done out of textbooks and dvds.
I decided to do Brandon Raynor’s Massage Course reason being it was practical hands on experience, during the 5 days I gained experience that I have not been able to develop by studying massage over the past 1.5 years by distance learning.
Brandon Raynor Massage Course is very involved but something that you can take home with you and not forget. I believe I have the confidence to give a massage to complete strangers.
The main key is to find tension in someone and eliminate it, I know what the key responsibilities of a massage is now. Follow this technique and the person will benefit
If you are thinking about doing a practical course on massage, no hesitations in recommending this course.
And if your lucky enough to have Brandon Raynor himself conducting the course – you will learn a great deal.
Leann Dunn Gold Coast, email@example.com
I was very impressed with this hands-on course. Having very little time and patience for studying, this was ideal for me. I have already started practising and have had great results.
Thank you Brandon!
Jillian Chateau Gold Coast
I knew touch was powerful but I didn’t realise to the extent of how powerful and healing a good massage could be, my body and mind are truely grateful for the experience! Brandon Raynor is a very caring, compassionate, empathetic and humorous person as well as another teacher, Rama Doyle he was training up also. All these qualities come across in his/there teaching style which made it easy to learn what you’re being taught and made you feel comfortable in your environment at the same time. I would heartily recommend this course to all whether you are just wanting to learn a great massage technique in the 5day course or you’re wanting to do the 10day diploma course and entry the work force, it is well worth it. Thank you for a wonderful and satisfying experience.
Stephen Baker, Christchurch. firstname.lastname@example.org
Really enjoyed the course. So pleased I choose to do this course instead of any other massage course. I decided to do massage because I wanted to help people. The approach to massage that Brandon takes – treating the whole person physically, emotionally, spiritually and mentally resonates well with me. One of the most important things I learnt was to be present in a massage. Many thanks.
Vicky Cooke Auckland
The Advanced Diploma course with Brandon changed the way I approach giving a massage treatment and took my bodywork to a new level.I now have a much deeper understanding of not just how to give a massage, but how to give a massage catered specifically to an individual. Every person has different bodies and emotional states and thus has different needs and thus requires a different strategy when being treated. This is the most valuable lesson I learnt during this course and I’m so grateful I did because I am now achieving incredible results in my bodywork.
Luke Siu, Advanced Melbourne, email@example.com