Educating the heart: Mindfulness and Compassion in the Study and Practice of Thai Massage
This article investigates the therapeutic role played by the state of mind of the practitioners of Thai Massage focusing on the process of teaching and learning Thai Massage as transnational exchange between Thailand and the West. Starting with the definition of Thai Massage as the art of giving with two hands and one heart we explored two means of educating the heart: mindfulness and compassion. Through a survey of books written in English on Thai Massage and interviews with teachers and students at three well-known Thai Massage schools in Thailand we analyzed how mindfulness and compassion improve the quality of massage while at the same time offering a path towards self-transformation for practitioners.
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