he Encyclopedia of Thai Massage is the single most informative and comprehensive book on Thai massage ever written. This book is based on the author’s experience teaching in Thailand’s most prestigious massage schools. The work also draws heavily from the author’s long hiatus in Thailand as a researcher of traditional medicine, as well as his experience with the practice of hatha yoga.
Including discussions of Thai history, cultural studies, Buddhist religion, and yogic practices, and based in a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology, this book finally bridges the gap between the theory and practice of Thai massage. For the first time, the history, spiritual traditions, and ethical codes of Thai medicine are presented in full alongside the most detailed analysis of Thai massage therapy ever written. Example therapeutic routines to treat specific disorders are discussed for the first time. A complete section on the Thai energy meridians and an atlas of acupressure points are also to be found only within these pages.
Where other books have only scratched the surface, this work will satisfy even the most advanced practitioners of Thai massage, while being written in an engaging and informal style which will speak to those with no prior exposure to the art form.