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Meet Alaya and Bruno Chikly


Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, LMT

Bruno Chikly, MD, DO, 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 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.


He 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 Chi Qong.

Dr Chikly developed the first lymphatic techniques that teach how to attune to the specific rhythm, direction, depth and quality of the lymph flow, consistent with scientific discoveries. Advanced therapists can apply manual lymphatic mapping (MLM) to lymph and interstitial fluid pathways in the tissue in the skin, mucosa, muscles, viscera, periosteum, organ of senses or meninges (dura and pia).


He more recently developed the brain curriculum, an advanced manual neurological and vascular approach to the brain and spinal cord.

Dr Chikly's workshops have been taught in Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, Greece, Holland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Russia, Singapore, Spain, Switzerland, Tunisia, UK, and the United States.


Dr. Chikly received a diploma in Osteopathic Medicine with CROMON/AIROP (2006) and a Doctorate in Osteopathic Sciences from the European University of Brussels, Belgium (2010).

He is a member of the International Society of Lymphology (ISL), an associate member of the American Academy of Osteopathy (AAO), the Cranial Academy. He is a licensed massage therapist (LMT) 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.

In his definitive text, "Silent Waves: Theory and Practice of Lymph Drainage Therapy", Dr. Chikly addresses the applications for lymphedema, chronic pain and inflammation.

"Silent Waves" is the first comprehensive book on the lymphatic system and lymphedema in North America.

He also published one of the few extensive dissection DVD of the human lymphatic system and brain and spinal cord.


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 AZ with his wife and teaching partner Alaya Chikly, LMT. She is curriculum director of Heart Centered Therapy (HCT). 




Please note: Due to ethical and litigious restrictions Dr. Chikly regrets that he cannot respond to requests for specific medical information on the website or on email. Thank you for your understanding.


Alaya Chikly, LMT 

Alaya Chikly is a certified massage therapist with a bachelor’s degree in humanities. She has devoted the past 28 years to developing tools for emotional and spiritual healing.

Alaya has a profound ability to understand healing through the wisdom of the heart. Heart Centered Therapy (HCT) is a gift that she shares with others.


HCT was developed by Alaya while on a soul quest seeking spiritual understanding and healing. She has studied healing in Thailand, Jerusalem, Israel, and Paris, France. She met with teachers, scholars and healers that were able to give her the resources to heal body, mind and soul. This work truly emerged from her love of heart, and her longing for truth.


The experience of HCT is an opening of the heart, the gateway to the sacred journey within.

Alaya a has taught Heart Centered Therapy internationally including USA, Canada, Mexico. France, UK, Italy, Greece, Germany and Scotland.


Alaya is a dynamic, heart-felt very appreciated speaker. She has lectured at numerous osteopathic schools and conventions including:

  • ISSEEM (International Society for the Study of Subtle Energies & Energy Medicine), CO, June 26-29 2009
  • Beyond the Dura Conference, Upledger Institute, West Palm Beach, FL., May 01-03, 2008
  • ACSW (Annual Conference of Social Workers), Calgary, Canada. March 16, 2007
  • Beyond the Dura Conference, Upledger Institute, West Palm Beach, FL., April 30-May 4th, 2003
  • New England Research Conference (NERC), Boston, March 27-30, 2003
  • AWARE Conference / Larry Dossey, MD, Flagstaff, AZ, Nov. 07-10, 2002
  • Esalen Institute, Visiting therapist, California, August 3-10, 2002
  • AWARE Conference Flagstaff, AZ, Nov 2001
  • Beyond the Dura Conference, Upledger Institute, West Palm Beach, FL., April 28-30, 1999


Over 1,000 students have attended an HCT class in the last 14 years.

Alaya is also a co-teacher of Lymph Drainage Therapy seminars with her husband Bruno Chikly, MD, DO.

Published Article: Heart Centered Therapy: Assume Only Love; Healing Relationships and the Emotional Component of Disease. Available at:




Dr Chikly's Lymph Drainage Therapy (LDT):
Manual Lymphatic Mapping

Releasing the Lobes of the Liver, A Lymph Drainage Therapy
(LDT) Demonstration

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