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.
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.