The book is divided into several sections, each containing entries of varying length.

Section 1 (Introduction) This section presents general information on the evolution, concepts, theory, myths, historical facts, and intent of traditional Thai massage.

Section 2 (Mastery of Practice) offers specific information about developing, refining and maintaining a healthy Thai massage practice. It includes essays on breath and body mechanics, acupressure concepts and techniques, ways to use your feet creatively, herbal compress therapy, self-protection techniques, body language, and information about sen lines and Thai element theory.

Section 3 (Spiritual and Cultural Connections) presents essays on traditional Thai healers, magic and spirituality in Thai society, Jivaka Kumarabhacca, Buddhist influence in Thai massage, the reusi tradition, and accessory modalities such as tok sen (hammering therapy) and reusi dat ton (traditional Thai self-stretching exercises).

Section 4 (Thai Therapists Speak) features articles and accounts by Thai therapists and teachers around the world who offer unique perspectives on their study, experiences and work in traditional Thai massage and Thai healing arts.

Contributing Writers

This is the first book to offer information on traditional Thai healing arts from a wide variety of practitioners and teachers. Author Bob Haddad wrote most of the content and edited the essays, but other well known Thai massage professionals from around the world also made valuable contributions, including: Nephyr Jacobsen, Felicity Joy, Ralf Marzen, Kira Balaskas, Michael Reed Gach Ph.D, Robert Henderson, Pierce Salguero, Ph.D, Joel Sheposh, Noam Tyroler, and Tevijjo Yogi. Shorter contributions are written by Emily Canibano, Greg Lawrence, Bence Ganti, Paul Fowler, Gunakar Muley, Tim Holt, Enrico Corsi, Goran Milovanov, Danko Lara Radic, Eric Spivack, Michelle Tupko, Chris Jones, and Karen Ufer.

Never before has a collection of such wide-ranging and extensive information about Thai healing arts been presented in print.

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