Thai Massage and Spirituality | eBook


Thai Massage and Spirituality

Written by: Marce Ferreira
First Published: July 2020
Last Update: July 2020
Length: 104 pages
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What is this eBook about?

Physical, emotional and mental healing always had a close connection with spirituality and religion. This doesn’t count for Thai Massage only, but basically for all traditional healing arts.

Traditional Thai Massage in Thailand emerged within a religious context, adopting Buddhist and spiritual animistic principles, which is of importance for the practice until today.

Although we can learn and practice Thai Massage without spiritual connotations, a thorough understanding of the healing power of Thai Massage can only come about if devotional, religious and spiritual aspects are taken into account.

In this eBook, we explore what spiritual, philosophical and religious practices have influenced or still influence Thai Massage, and how those practices have been materialized in the Thai Massage healing art as we know it today.

Table of Contents

PREFACE
INTRODUCTION
~ Healing, Spirituality and Thai Massage 7
HISTORICAL CONTEXT
~ Origins of Thai Massage 10
~ Jivaka – The Father Doctor of Thai Medicine 14
~ Buddhism and Thai Massage 17
~ Ayurveda and Thai Massage 20
~ Thai Temples and Thai Massage 22
~ Origins of the Sen Energy Lines 23
~ The Wat Po Temple and Thai Massage 25
~ The Sacred Number 72,000 28
~ The Reusi Hermits of Thailand 31
~ Origins of Reusi Dat Ton (Yogic Self-Stretching) 33
~ Lanna Folk Healing 35
~ The Shivagakomarpaj Traditional Medicine Hospital 38
PHILOSOPHY AND CONCEPTS
~ The Four Attitudes – Karuna, Metta, Mudita, Upekkha 41
~ Buddhist Ethics and Thai Massage 43
~ Metta Meditation and Thai Massage 44
~ Lom Pran and Prana – the Wind of Life 45
~ Sen Energy Lines – Foundation of Thai Massage 47
~ Pancha Kosha Philosophy and Thai Massage 49
~ Pranic Chakras and the Sen Energy Lines 51
~ Thai Concept of Life: Body, Citta, and Energy 53
~ The Four Elements: Earth, Water, Wind and Fire 55
CONTEMPORARY PRACTICES
~ Thai Massage Practitioner Code of Ethics 61
~ The Wai Khru Ceremony 64
~ Spirituality and Teaching Thai Massage in the West 67
~ Awareness and Spiritual Clarity 69
~ Mystification and Spiritualization of Thai Massage 72
~ Thai Massage Training in Thailand 73
~ Energy, Metta, and Thai Massage 75
~ Thai Massage, Vipassana Meditation, and Mindfulness 77
~ The Spirit of Giving Thai Massage 80
~ Practicing Dhammanamai 82
~ The Commercialization of Thai Massage 84
~ Taoist and Tantric Influences on Thai Massage 87
SUPPLEMENT
~ Spiritual Beliefs and Superstitions around Pregnancy & Childbirth 93
~ Buddhist Vipassana Meditation 96
~ Nothing is Necessary, only Metta 99
~ The Spirit Houses of Thailand 101
APPENDIX

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