Illustrated throughout with attractive photography and diagrams, this book provides an overview of the spiritual practices of Thailand, with particular emphasis on healing rituals and meditations that can be practiced in the modern West.
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C. Pierce Salguero is a nationally accredited teacher of traditional Thai massage and herbal medicine, and a member of the Shivagokomarpaj Institute (Thailand's most prestigious massage school), the Association of Northern Thai Medicine, the American Herbalists Guild, and the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals. His institution, the Tao Mountain School of Traditional Thai Massage and Herbal Medicine, is accredited by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. Articles he has written on the subject of traditional Thai medicine have appeared in magazines and newspapers nationally and internationally, and his web site (www.taomountain.org) is one of the most popular sites on the internet for Thai massage information and resources. Pierce has degrees in Anthropology and East Asian Studies from the University of Virginia. From 1997 to 2001, he studied Thai massage and traditional herbalism under Lek Chaiya, Baan Nit, the Shivagakomarpaj Traditional Medicine Hospital, and other renowned schools in Chiang Mai, Thailand. He taught courses on traditional massage and herbal medicine at the Shivagakomarpaj Institute in Chiang Mai, and from his home in a near-by village. In September of 2001, Pierce moved to the Charlottesville, Virginia. He founded the Tao Mountain School, which offers Basic, Advanced, and Teacher Training courses in the Shivago Lineage of Thai Massage. He also teaches Thai massage at the Virginia School of Massage in Charlottesville, VA, the Baltimore School of Massage, and at the BSM's satellite campus in York, PA. Pierce is also currently working on a Ph.D. in the History of Asian Medicine at the Johns Hopkins medical school.
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