10 Best Known Thai Massage Books, Guides and Training Manuals

Published | Updated April 1, 2019
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10 Best Known Thai Massage Guides and Training Books
In this article we take a look at some of the best known Traditional Thai Medicine and Thai Massage books and manuals written in or translated to English in past decades, also discussing briefly their respective authors.


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Pierce Salguero & David Roylance

Pierce Salguero is an Associate Professor of Asian History & Religious Studies at The Abington College of Penn State University, Pennsylvania. He’s the author of many books and publications, notably also about Traditional Thai Massage and Traditional Thai medicine. Additionally, Pierce offers individual or group instruction in Traditional Thai Medicine, Buddhist Medicine, and classical Chinese medical texts, geared toward practitioners of complementary alternative medicine.

David Roylance is a teacher of Traditional Thai massage and Thai Healing Arts, as well as the executive director of the Thai Institute of Healing Arts.

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Asokananda (Harald Brust)

The late Asokananda was the founder of well-known Sunshine Network. During his lifetime he spent many years in Asia, where he was involved in research about (teaching) Yoga, Buddhist meditation, and Traditional Thai Massage. He wrote about meditation, Tai Chi, and Thai Massage, publications and books which have been translated in a number of Western languages.

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Chaithavuthi Jan & Kanchanoo Muangsiri

A Thai Massage book from Jan Chaithavuthi and Kanchanoo Muangsiri, the founders of the TMC School Chiang Mai. On the Thai Massage Book Press you can find more publications, text books and manuals used in Thai massage classes from the school.

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Ananda Apfelbaum

Ananda Apfelbaum is the founder of Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork and offers training in traditional Thai Massage. She wrote the well-known book on Thai Massage, called “Thai Massage, Sacred Bodywork.” She is certified as a Thai massage therapist from the Buntautuk Traditional Hospital in Chiangmai (aka the Old Medicine Hospital). In Thailand, she also trained with Ashokananda (Sunshine Network), Chaiyuth Priyasith, Chongkol Settakorn, and Ajahn Pichest Boonthumme.

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Kam Thye Chow

The late Kam Thye Chow (1958 – 2018) was a renowned Thai Yoga Massage teacher and the founder of the Lotus Palm School in Canada. His style was influenced by Asokananda, Chaiyuth Priyasith and Pichest Boonthumme.

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Bob Haddad

Bob Haddad is a renowned Thai Massage practitioner and teacher, the founder of ThaiHealing-Arts and based in the USA. He’s also the founder of the Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI) and an Executive Council Member of the alliance.

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Maria Mercati

Maria Mercati is an old-timer in Thai Massage. She practices in Cheltenham (UK) and is the founder and principal teacher of Bodyharmonics. Apart from Thai Massage, she occupies herself with Tuina, Acupuncture, and Indonesian Massage.

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Nephyr Jacobsen

Nephyr Jacobsen is the founder of the Naga Center in Oregon, Portland. The school teaches Traditional Thai Medicine, Herbalism and Thai Massage. Nephyr also founded the Naga Center Teacher’s Guild, an international affiliation of Thai Medicine teachers who have been trained to offer a certain set of Naga Center Thai Traditional Healing Arts training courses.

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Noam Tyroler

Noam Tyroler, an established Thai Massage therapist and teacher, is the founder of the School of Thai Acupressure. Noam specializes in Thai Physical Therapy also referred to as Thai Acupressure or Thai trigger point therapy, which is a specialization of Traditional Thai Massage.

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Dr. Anthony B James

Dr. Anthony James, a long-time experienced Thai Yoga massage practitioner and teacher, runs an ensemble of organizations and institutes under several names and “brands” like the International Thai Therapists Association (ITTA), the Oklevueha Native American Church of SomaVeda, the Native American Indigenous Church, the Thai Yoga Center, the Humiovi Thai Yoga Institute and the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine.

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