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The Art of Thai Massage : A Guide for Advanced Therapeutic Practice
Paperback English By (author) Bob Haddad 2/03/2022

Thai Massage & Thai Healing Arts : Practice, Culture and Spirituality
Paperback English By (author) Bob Haddad , Contributions by Noam Tyroler , Contributions by C. Pierce Salguero , Contributions by Enrico Corsi , Contributions by Kira Balaskas , Contributions by Michael Reed Gach 12/01/2013

Encyclopedia of Thai Massage : A Complete Guide to Traditional Thai Massage Therapy & Acupressure
Paperback English By (author) C. Pierce Salguero , By (author) David Roylance 11/02/2011

Advanced Thai Yoga Massage : Postures and Energy Pathways for Healing
Paperback English By (author) Kam Thye Chow 10/21/2011


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The Complete Guide to Thai Foot Massage
Paperback by Elefteria Mantzorou (Author) 5/12/2019

Thai Table Massage: Applying the traditional Thai Massage techniques on the table
Paperback by Elefteria Mantzorou (Author) 1/26/2019

The Thai Massage Manual: Natural Therapy for Flexibility, Relaxation, and Energy Balance
Paperback by Maria Mercati (Author) 1/02/2018

Thai Massage & Thai Healing Arts: Practice, Culture and Spirituality
Paperback by Bob Haddad (Author), Kira Balaskas (Contributor), Dr Michael Reed Gach (Contributor), Noam Tyroler (Contributor), C. Pierce Salguero PhD (Contributor), Enrico Corsi (Contributor) 10/01/2013

Encyclopedia of Thai Massage: A Complete Guide to Traditional Thai Massage Therapy and Acupressure
Paperback by C. Pierce Salguero PhD (Author), David Roylance (Author) 2/01/2011

Thai Massage Workbook: For Basic, Intermediate, and Advanced Courses
Paperback by David Roylance (Author), C. Pierce Salguero PhD 2/01/2011

Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique (Mosby's Massage Career Development) 2nd Edition
by Richard Gold PhD LAc (Author) 10/25/2006

Thai Yoga Massage: A Dynamic Therapy for Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Energy
Paperback by Kam Thye Chow (Author) 3/09/2004

Thai Massage: Sacred Body Work (Avery Health Guides)
Paperback by Ananda Apfelbaum (Author) 1/05/2004

Thai massage or Thai yoga massage is a traditional healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. The idea of Shen-lines alias energy-lines was first used is "Thai yoga massage". These are similar to nadis as per the philosophy of yoga by Gorakhnath. The practice of Thai Yoga Massage is said to be thousands of years old but it is still part of Thailand's medical system due to its perceived healing properties at both emotional and physical level. There are differences in certain practices associated with the massage when performed in the Western and Thai contexts.

Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked. The concept of metta (loving kindness), based on Bhuddist teachings, is an integral part of this practice. Well known practitioners also emphasize meditation and devotion on part of the practitioner as integral to the effectiveness of this practice. The recipient wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. In Thailand, a dozen or so subjects may be receiving massage simultaneously in one large room. The true ancient style of the massage requires that the massage be performed solo with just the giver and receiver. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures.

The massage generally follows designated lines ("sen") in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging. A full Thai massage session may last two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, and moving the recipient's body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver.

The founder of Thai massage and medicine is said to have been Chiwaka Komaraphat, who is said in the Pāli Buddhist canon to have been the Buddha's physician over 2,500 years ago. He is recorded in ancient documents as having extraordinary medical skills, his knowledge of herbal medicine, and for having treated important people of his day, including the Buddha himself.



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