One of the issues when returning to traditional solutions, is that those solutions were designed and put in place to solve traditional problems—problems belonging to a past era. It means that when we take traditional methods to handle contemporary problems, we won’t be sure in reaching the goals we’ve set before us. We might fail [ Read More... ]
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We want a lot, we want it cheap, we want it all, and—we want it now! Living “the fast lane” has increasingly become the mantra of contemporary lifestyle. We see it happening in our societies, economies, communications, culinary and nutritional habits, and we see it in the way courses, workshops, and studies are offered. Not so very long a [ Read More... ]
Ajarn, Acharn or Ajahn (Thai for master or teacher ) Pichest Boonthumme, the so-called “Chain Smoking Master,” is perhaps the greatest living Thai Massage teacher. A living legend. I don’t know if he is “the best” in Thailand, or even if the Thai people consider him to be so, but he’s most likely the greatest l [ Read More... ]
Written by Marce Ferreira, co-founder of TraditionalBodywork.com In December 2010, eight students (two from the UK, three from France, one from the USA and two from Italy) joined to take a twelve-day Thai Yoga Massage course in the Lahu Village “Huey Nam Rin,” the birthplace of the The Sunshine Network which was founded by the late Asok [ Read More... ]
Tuina (or Tui Na) is a Chinese therapeutic massage. This hands-on body treatment uses Chinese Taoist principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The name Tui Na comes from the combination of the two words: tui – which means “to push” and na – which means “to li [ Read More... ]
In Thailand, the expression “same same, but different…” is a widely used and well known slogan. Its origins are quite interesting because it’s a hybrid of Thai and Western outlooks. The Thai would say “same same” but as time passed by and tourism grew, Westerners (Farangs) added “but different” to it. [ Read More... ]
One of the characteristics of Traditional Thai Massage outside Thailand (and notably in the West) is the way it’s presented to the general public and to prospective students. There’s a certain camp of practitioners and teachers, and this certainly doesn’t count for the whole Thai Massage community, that insistently tries to spirit [ Read More... ]
We all got these I suppose. Transitions. You work and change. You grow. Or maybe you just only change. Perhaps growing is not the right word at all. You have these little crises. Of not knowing where to go from now. What to do. How to proceed. We practice and we need more. We look for something. Something else, something new. Something further. Lo [ Read More... ]
Shiatsu – a Japanese word which translate to “finger pressure” – is a type of bodywork where the thumbs, palms and fingers are used to massage and provide treatment to the patient. Other techniques used in shiatsu include stretching, holding, and leaning the body weight into various points along key channels. Shiatsu is a contemporary [ Read More... ]
Ashiatsu – also known as Barefoot Shiatsu, Back Walking, or Gliding Feet Massage – is a type of barefoot bodywork where the practitioner uses the heel, sesamoid, arch, and/or whole plantar surface of the feet to give the massage. The name comes from the combination of two Japanese words: ashi, meaning “foot” and atsu, meaning ̶ [ Read More... ]