Encyclopedia of Thai Massageby C. Pierce Salguero
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Encyclopedia of Thai Massage is a comprehensive and invaluable resource on Thai massage therapy. The book is based on the author’s experience of teaching massage in Thailand's most prestigious massage school and draws heavily on his research in traditional Thai medicine, as well as his practice of hatha yoga.
Bridging the gap between theory and practice, this manual provides an introduction to the history, ethics, and spiritual underpinnings of traditional Thai massage, while being based on a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology. It presents the basic massage principles and techniques, followed by a fully illustrated, comprehensive, step-by-step guide to the classic Thai massage routine, noting the frequent parallels with yoga postures. Sample therapeutic routines to treat specific disorders are also described in detail. The book includes an in-depth explanation of Thai energy meridians and an atlas of acupressure points.
Written in an engaging and informal style, this guide will be extremely useful to those with no prior exposure to massage techniques, and at the same time, will satisfy the most advanced practitioners of Thai massage therapy.
PIERCE SALGUERO is an accredited teacher of traditional Thai massage and herbal medicine, and is a member of the Shivaga Komaraphat lineage, the Association of Northern Thai Medicine, the American Herbalists Guild, and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. His organization, the Tao Mountain School of Traditional Thai Massage and Herbal Medicine, is one of the top schools of Thai massage in the U.S., and maintains one of the most popular on-line sources of information on Thai healing traditions.