Synopses & Reviews
This fascinating anthology presents a much wider scope than other books on Thai massage, and uncovers a wealth of previously unavailable information on the historical, spiritual, and cultural connections to this powerful healing art. Topics include ways to refine and maintain a healthy practice, breathwork and body mechanics, self-protection techniques, reading body language, acupressure concepts, and Thai herbal compress therapy. The spiritual and cultural section offers modern translations of ancient texts, Indian and Buddhist influences, magic amulets and sacred tattoos, and accessory modalities such as reusi dat ton (stretching) and tok sen (hammering therapy). Rounding out this thorough text, the final section features essays about actual practice with clients, written by therapists and teachers from around the world. The extensive experience and information provided in this reference book is invaluable to students or practitioners who wish to deepen their personal and professional understanding of traditional Thai healing arts.
"I highly recommend this traditional Thai massage anthology for all those interested in healing work. This excellent book provides new insights and perspectives into the world of hands-on healing." —Micahel Reed Gach, Ph.D., author, Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Sress, & Common Emotional Imbalances
"This excellent book represents a significant milestone in the establishment and emergence of traditional Thai healing arts in the modern world. The breadth, depth, quality and scope of the contributions is astounding." —Richard Gold, Ph.D., L.Ac., Author, Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique
"Bob Haddad has poured his extensive knowledge into this beautiful text and lovingly deconstructs the art of Thai Massage for the reader. His personal and professional experiences woven throughout the book add depth of character and treasured authenticity." —Leslie A. Young, Ph.D., Editor-in-Chief, Massage & Bodywork Magazine
"This is one of the best books on Thai healing arts ever written. It reveals the essence of Thai massage, and tells the true stories of its history, development, and connections to Thai culture." —Coocky Tassanee Boonsom, Director Loi Kroh Thai Massage School Tailand
"This book is a wonderful contribution to the world of Thai massage. Nothing has ever been written like this before. I highly recommend it." —Chongkon Setthakorn, Director, ITM Massage School Thailand
Presenting a wider scope than traditional how-to books on Thai Massage, this authoritative study uncovers a wealth of previously unavailable information on the historical, spiritual, and cultural connections to this powerful healing art. Beginning with a discussion on ways to refine and maintain a healthy practice, specific information on self-protection techniques, proper breath, energy healing, acupressure, and Thai herbal compress therapy is offered. Delving into the founding elements of this practice, the second section provides essays on the early originators, modern translations of ancient texts, Indian and Buddhist influence, and accessory modalities. Rounding out this thorough text, topics from movement of energy through the body to patients with specialized conditions are coupled with essays from therapists from around the world. The extensive experience and expertise culminated in this reference will be an invaluable tool to any student or current practitioner seeking to deepen their personal understanding of the Thai arts.
About the Author
Bob Haddad is a teacher and organizer of international conferences on the Thai healing arts who has been practicing Thai massage for more than 14 years. He is a member of the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork as well as the director of the Thai Healing Alliance International. He is the author of Glencoe Geography: The World and Its People and Glencoe World Geography. He lives in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.