I am happy that this system of Traditional Thai Massage developed by my father is in the hands of the new generation, and is being carried forward in the West.” —Ajahn Dr. Wasan Chaichakan Traditional Thai Medicine Doctor Director, Thai Massage School Shivagakomarpaj (“Old Medicine Hospital”)
Searching for a book that bridges the gap between the theory and practice of Thai massage? Your search is over, in the Encyclopedia of Thai Massage: A Complete Guide to Traditional Thai Massage Therapy and Acupressure 2nd Ed. (Findhorn Press; $24.95), authors Pierce Salaguero and David Roylance share the history, spiritual traditions and ethical codes of Thai medicine alongside the most detailed analysis of Thai massage therapy ever written. Where other books have only scratched the surface, this work will satisfy even the most advanced practitioners of Thai massage, while being written in an engaging and informal style which will speak to those with no prior exposure to the art form.
Presenting detailed analysis of each step in a Thai massage routine, the history, spiritual traditions and ethical codes are offered in an engaging, informal style. Numerous full colour photographs and diagrams illustrate the variety of techniques used, and examples of routines for treating specific disorders are discussed. Updated with new layout, photos and expanded text, this exhaustive handbook is complete with a section on the main energy meridians and diagrams of acupressure points, making it the perfect tool to accompany anyone studying this popular healing modality.
“This book is a treasure, like the palm-leaf manuscripts of ancient times, transmitting traditional healing knowledge to the present day.” —Mr. Parawat Poungpiam Managing Director, Thai Massage School Shivagakomarpaj (“Old Medicine Hospital”)
The Encyclopedia of Thai Massage is based on the authors’ experience teaching in Thailand’s most prestigious massage schools. The work also draws heavily from the authors’ long hiatus in Thailand as a researcher of traditional medicine, as well as experience with the practice of hatha yoga.
About the authors
Dr. Pierce Salguero is a professor and the director of research at the Thai Institute of Healing Arts. He is the author of The Spiritual Healing of Traditional Thailand, A Thai Herbal, Thai Massage Workbook and Traditional Thai Medicine: Buddhism, Animism, Ayurveda. He lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
David Roylance is an instructor of Thai massage and Thai healing arts, as well as the executive director of the Thai Institute of Healing Arts. He lives in Arlington, Virginia.
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