James Peckham knows that when people first hear the phrase “Thai massage,” they are likely to think of it as a novelty, another flavor-of-the-month therapy, or another trendy “East meets West” alternative healing art.

He also knows that if they try it once, and experience the gracefulness of it, they will be very happy with the results: deep relaxation and deep healing.

Peckham, 59, has been a licensed massage therapist in New Mexico since 1992. He estimated that he has given more than 20,000 massages in his life–3,000 of which, he said, have been traditional Thai massages.

Las Cruces Sun-News, Las Cruces, New Mexico, Dec. 2, 2010