Thai Massage in Thailand

I'd heard about the Old Medicine Hospital from teachers of Thai massage that I had studied with here in the states. Really good teachers who had studied there and seemed to really know their stuff. While I had learned a lot from them I had always hoped that I would one day make it to Chiang Mai, Thailand to study at the source.   Northern Style Thai massage (called Nuad Boram in Thai) is an ancient system of bodywork originating in Chiang Mai. It combines practitioner assisted Yoga … [Read more...]

What is Gua Sha?

  The first time I heard of gua sha was at an Asian bodywork therapy convention in 1999. A woman named Arya Nielson showed us how it was done and we practiced on each other. I was fascinated by the technique and loved the results but figured it would be hard to convince clients to try it. Describing it makes it sound like it would hurt. And then when you see it, it certainly looks like it would. I rarely practiced it with clients but made a habit of trading sessions with a couple of my … [Read more...]

Can western science help us to understand Chinese medicine?

Understanding Fascia If you’ve seen a practitioner of Chinese medicine you’ve probably heard the simple explanation of how it works. Qi (energy) moves through your body along lines of energy called meridians. When it moves smoothly, all is well. When it starts to accumulate in the joints and organs it creates pain and illness. These imbalances of energy can be caused by injuries, overuse, the quality of the air we breath and the food we eat, and by what in Chinese medicine we call external … [Read more...]

About the Logo for The American Organization for Bodywork Therapies of Asia

Hieroglyphics that describe massage techniques carved into bones and tortoise shell that date back close to 5000 years exist today. These bones and tortoise shells are called oracle bones. Diviners would submit questions to deities regarding such things as future weather, crop planting, the fortunes of members of the royal family, military endeavors, and correct medical treatment. These questions would be carved onto a bone or shell using a bronze pin. Intense heat was then applied with a metal … [Read more...]