By Bob Haddad
Trade paperback book
This book reflects the author’s cumulative experience in the world of the traditional Thai healing arts, and it suggests ways to refine and deepen personal and professional practice. These pages contain a wealth of information about Thai culture and spirituality, and a deep insight into the powerful healing modality known today as traditional Thai massage.
Topics include ways to refine and maintain a healthy practice, breathwork and body mechanics, energy release, self-protection techniques, body language, herbal compress therapy, acupressure concepts, energy lines, and Thai element theory. The spiritual and cultural section covers ancient historical texts, Indian and Buddhist influences, magic amulets and sacred tattoos, influential Thai healers, and accessory modalities such as reusi dat ton (self stretching) and tok sen (hammering therapy). The final section features essays about practice with clients, written by a wide variety of therapists from around the world.
In addition to the author’s main essays, other contributions are well known Thai massage professionsals and authors from around the world, including: Kira Balaskas, Enrico Corsi, Michael Reed Gach, Ph.D., Robert Henderson, Felicity Joy, Ralf Marzen, C. Pierce Salguero, Ph.D, Joel Sheposh, and Noam Tyroler.
The information presented in this anthology is invaluable to lovers of Thai massage, and to all those who wish to deepen their understanding and appreciation of traditional Thai healing arts.
Praise for Thai Massage & Thai Healing Arts
“This is one of the best books on Thai healing arts ever written. It reveals the essence of Thai massage, and tells the true stories of its history, development, and connections to Thai culture. Don’t believe everything you’ve heard about Thai massage until you read this book.”
-Coocky Tassanee Boonsom, Director, Loi Kroh Massage School, Thailand
“Bob Haddad has lovingly poured his extensive knowledge into this text, and his personal and professional experiences add depth of character and treasured authenticity. As an additional demonstration that this is his gift to the bodywork profession, the book shares wisdom from more than a dozen practitioners.”
-Leslie A. Young, PhD., Editor-in-Chief, Massage and Bodywork magazine