TaoMountain is a resource for teachers, students, practitioners, and academic researchers of Thai massage and traditional Thai medicine. Our mission is to educate the wider community about these modalities as serious traditional medical disciplines. Our Members Area maintains a virtual library of research into the history, theory, and practice of Thai healing traditions, and keeps the Thai practitioner and teacher community up to date on relevant articles, publications and multimedia materials. Our director, Pierce Salguero, is an academic researcher of Thai and other Asian medical traditions at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
We would like to know how we can best help you to incorporate more Thai culture, traditional medical theory, and historical awareness into your practice and courses. Our educational materials, online resources, and courses (correspondence and on-location) are all geared toward this goal.
This is where TaoMountain stands on the state of the field in Thai massage and medicine. We believe that:
Thai massage is not a spa technique, or a bodywork modality, but an important branch of traditional Thai medicine
The traditions of Thai medicine are at the beginning stages of study in the West, and that this research needs to happen in an open, collaborative, and mutually non-competitive manner. Thai medicine needs to be studied and taught independently of Indian and Chinese traditions. Indigenous Thai traditions need to be emphasized in all training programs. Thai medicine can not be separated from the spiritual traditions with which it is traditionally bound. Academic honesty, rather than "marketability" should be the driving factors in our research.
With this in mind, our organization is attempting to bring practitioners, teachers, and researchers together in a forum for discussion of these important topics. TM's focus is on education and educational materials. As our organization has evolved, we have endeavored to broadly represent our membership's interests, while continuing to provide the high quality resources that have earned us our leadership role in the field of Thai medical studies. – less–ZoomInfo