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Thai Massage & Thai Healing Arts

Practice, Culture and Spirituality

By Bob Haddad, Kira Balaskas (Contributions by), Michael Reed Gach

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Format: Paperback, 336 pages
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 October 2013
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.

Table of Contents

Preface viii One: Introduction 1. Practice, Culture, and Spirituality: Introduction Bob Haddad 3 2. Traditional Thai Massage: An Overview Kira Balaskas 15 3. Common Myths Associated with Thai Massage C. Pierce Salguero 25 Two: Mastery of Practice 4. The Care and Feeding of Your Thai Massage Practice Bob Haddad 35 5. Thai Acupressure and the Wat Po Treatment Protocols Noam Tyroler 62 6. Introduction to Thai Element Theory Nephyr Jacobsen 75 7. The Sen Sip: Understanding Sen Lines Felicity Joy 84 8. Using Your Feet in Thai Yoga Massage Ralf Marzen 88 9. Pregnancy and Thai Massage Bob Haddad 95 10. Considering Body Language Bob Haddad 104 11. Breath and Body Mechanics in Nuad Boran Bob Haddad 115 12. Luk Pra Kob: The Art of Thai Herbal Compress Therapy Bob Haddad 128 13. Self-Protection Techniques for the Thai Therapist Three: Spiritual and Cultural Connections 14. The Art of Tok Sen Joel Sheposh 15. Memorial for Chaiyuth Bence Ganti 16. The Vinaya Pitaka: Bob Haddad 151 169 176 187 17. Thai Magic Amulets and Sacred Tattoos Chris Jones 201 18. Introduction to Reusi Dat Ton Enrico Corsi 206 Stories about Jivaka Kumarabhaccha Bob Haddad 19. The Great Doctor of Northern India: Jivaka Kaumara-Bhrtya Gunakar Muley 212 20. The Reusi of Thailand by Tevijjo Yogi 216 21. Traditional Healers of Northern Thailand by Greg Lawrence 222 22. Om Namo ...What? - The Thai Massage Wai Khru Bob Haddad 226 Four: Thai Therapists Speak 23. Diabetes and Thai Massage: No Contraindication Karen Ufer 241 24. Acupuncture and Thai Massage: 26. Integrating General Acupressure into Traditional Thai Massage Michael Reed Gach 252 27. "Stop the Blood" or "Open the Gates"? Tim Holt 263 28. Exploring Energy in Thai Massage Robert Henderson 265 29. Thai Massage for Multiple Sclerosis Patients Goran Milovanov 273 Same-Same but Diderent Eric Spivack 245 25. One Week with Pichest Boonthumme Michelle Tupko 248 30. Notes from the Mat various contributors 31. Pilgrimage to Rajgir Bob Haddad 32. Compassion and Ethics in Thai Massage Emily Canibano 290 33. Interview with Asokananda Bob Haddad 293 34. Understanding Clients in Nuad Boran Danko Lara Radic 301 35. Standing Thai Massage on its Head Paul Fowler 306 36. Thai Massage on an Amputee Client Bob Haddad 308 37. Thai Massage beyond the Physical Glossary Selected Bibliography Photo and Illustration Credits Author and Contributing Writers Index Robert Henderson 311 313 316 318 320 324

About the Author

Bob Haddad is a Registered Thai Therapist and teacher who has studied and practiced traditional Thai massage since 1999. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Alliance International, teaches workshops internationally, and has organized international conferences on Thai healing arts. Bob has written extensively on Thai massage, and is the author of books in several disciplines.


Bob Haddad has poured his extensive knowledge into this beautiful text, and carefully, comprehensively, 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. As an additional demonstration that this text is his gift to the bodywork profession, the book shares wisdom from more than a dozen other practitioners. -- Leslie A. Young, Ph.D * Massage & Bodywork magazine * 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. I congratulate and thank the author and contributing writers for their diligent efforts. -- Richard Gold Ph.D., L.Ac., Author of Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique 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. -- Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., Author, Acupressure for Emotional Healing: A Self-Care Guide for Trauma, Stress, & Common Emotional Imbalances

EAN: 9781844096169
ISBN: 1844096165
Publisher: Findhorn Press
Dimensions: 25.37 x 19.13 x 2.11 centimetres (0.97 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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