Year published :2011

Pages :281 pp.

Size :19x25.5 cm.

Rights :Southeast Asia

ISBN: 9781844095636

Encyclopedia of Thai Massage: A Complete Guide to Traditional thai Massage Therapy and Acupressure

by C. Pierce Salguero

and David Roylance

Color, black and white illustrations throughout. 

“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”)

“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


The most informative and comprehensive book on therapeutic Thai massage ever written

Drawing from Thai history, cultural studies, Buddhist religion, and yogic practices, as well as the authors’ experience teaching in the most prestigious massage schools in Thailand and the U.S., this guidebook bridges the gap between theory and practice. Bodywork is presented here as it is understood in Thailand—as a therapeutic medical practice. The authors provide a detailed analysis of each step in the Thai massage routine, while also covering the history, spiritual traditions, and therapeutic philosophy in an engaging, informational style. Numerous photographs and diagrams illustrate the variety of techniques used, and a section on the main energy meridians and diagrams of acupressure points is included.

Updated with new layout, photos, and completely re-written text, this exhaustive handbook is replete with examples of procedures for treating specific disorders, making it the perfect tool to accompany anyone working with this popular healing therapy.

Dr. C. Pierce Salguero is a researcher of Asian medicine, a college professor, and senior instructor and director of research at the Thai Institute of Healing Arts. He trained as a Thai massage instructor at the prestigious Thai Massage School Shivagakomarpaj (Old Medicine Hospital) in Chiang Mai, and received his Ph.D. in the History of Medicine from the johns Hopkins Medical School. Dr.Salguero has written five books on many aspects of Traditional Thai Medicine. He lives in the Philadelphia area. For more information, see www.

David L. Roylance is the Executive Director of the Thai Institute of Healing Arts, has taught Thai massage to hundreds of students, and is deeply involved in the Thai culture. The Thai Institute of Healing Arts is the only comprehensive Thai medical education, research, and treatment center outside of Thailand, and has been recognized as the sister school of the Thai Massage School Shivagakomarpaj. He lives in Arlington, Virginia. For more information, see