Spirit Winds

History of Buddhism and Thai Massage



Date & Time

Jun 8, 2019 9:00 am – Jun 11, 2019 4:00 am


Grass Valley, CA (*approximate) – Get Directions

24 CEU’s

About our CEU’sSpirit Winds School of Thai Massage is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing education Approved Provider #225

Event Details

June 8-11, 2019
Saturday-Tuesday 9am-4pm
24 CEUs
Tuition: $450
$550 Including accommodation (5 nights)

For Teachers & Advanced Practitioners


This 4-day workshop is led by Pierce Salguero, a specialist in Asian medicine who has a Ph.D. in History of Medicine from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He is a college professor, author, researcher, and practitioner of Thai massage, Buddhist medicine, and other types of Asian medicine.

This workshop is for teachers and advanced practitioners of Thai massage, and is not appropriate for beginning students. It is designed for those who are already deeply familiar with Thai bodywork and are interested in delving further into the history, theory, philosophy, and culture of traditional Thai medicine to enhance their practice and teaching. We will concentrate on academic approaches to the topics listed below, while customizing the workshop to meet the specific interests of the participants. The goal is to provide participants with a strong academic basis for their healing work and teaching. Participants go on to incorporate this material into their own classrooms, and the workshop provides a range of materials that can be used for this purpose.

We will focus on the following range of topics:

  1. Bodily Winds and Pathways (Lom & Sen): We will explore Thai concepts of energy, bodily winds, and pathways, with a focus on resolving the many differences between various Thai schools, between traditional Thai models vs. modern anatomy, as well as between various Asian traditions of energy meridians.
  2. Four Element Diagnosis and Herbal Therapy: The doctrine of the Four Elements is central to the practice of Thai massage and medicine, and provides the key to Thai diagnosis and therapy. We will concentrate on thoroughly grasping the Four Elements, the history of this theory, its function in health and disease, and how to diagnose and treat the Elements.
  3. Buddhism & Spirit Healing: We will learn about the Buddhist foundations of Thai healing, including the history and practice of specific healing meditations, chants, and other means of alleviating mental and physical suffering within the Buddhist framework. A large part of traditional medicine in Thailand involves engaging with the spirit world, so we will also focus on understanding Thai healing magic, rituals of protection, spirit invocation, exorcism, magic charms, amulets, and other aspects of indigenous Thai spirit healing.
  4. Thai Healing Culture:  Specific topics include “wai khru” ceremonies, altars and other sacred spaces, and Thai medical concepts and vocabulary. We will delve into these and other aspects of the culture of Thai healing, with emphasis on “culturally translating” Thai traditions to fit with participants’ own teaching and practice goals
  5. Thai Medical History: Familiarity with the history of Thai medicine is crucial to being able to teach the Thai healing arts with integrity and depth. The workshop is dedicated to providing participants with the tools to separate fact from myth, and to deepening the factual knowledge they can share with their own students.
  6. Connections with India and China: One area that many students, practitioners, and teachers of Thai healing arts are confused about is the connections between Thai medicine and other Asian traditions such as hatha-yoga, Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and various forms of Buddhism. This part of the workshop is particularly helpful for practitioners of other complementary-alternative modalities to understand how Thai medicine fits with these practices.
  7. Readings & other materials: During the workshop, nightly readings will allow participants to familiarize themselves with the best research available on the central concepts of TTM, as well as important Buddhist scriptures and Thai medical texts in English translation. Participants will be able to use readings and other workshop materials in their future teaching.

As a scholar, professor, and long-time teacher of Thai massage and traditional medicine, Pierce leads workshops that provide objective and methodical explanations, and that emphasize critical academic perspectives. The workshop is based on 20 years of experience, as Pierce has been teaching the above content in massage schools and college classrooms in Thailand, North America, and Europe since 1997. Pierce is committed to providing education that is personalized in an affordable, informal, and non-commercial setting.

The atmosphere of the workshop is collaborative, non-judgmental, and supportive. It is designed to be inclusive of diversity of all kinds, and to avoid hierarchical power dynamics. The experience is supportive of all types of learning, and teachers and practitioners from all lineages, schools, and backgrounds are warmly welcome. Anyone who feels that the workshop does not live up to these ideals is guaranteed a full refund.

Pre-Requisite: Minimum 100hrs Massage Therapy training & 1 year of professional practice

A non-refundable deposit of $100.00 is required.


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Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage is approved by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Bodywork (NCBTMB) as a Continuing education Approved Provider #225


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C. Pierce Salguero, PhD.

C. Pierce Salguero, PhD.



I began my interest in Asian religion and medicine as an undergraduate, majoring in Anthropology and Cognitive Science and minoring in East Asian Studies at the University of Virginia. After graduating in 1996, I lived in Asia for four years — over two years in Thailand, with extended stays in India, China, and Indonesia as well. During this time, I trained as a practitioner of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), and explored interests in hatha-yoga and other Asian healing modalities. I also participated in extended stays at Buddhist meditation centers and monasteries in Northeast Thailand and India, including a summer as ananāgārika (white-robed monastic resident) in a Thai Forest-tradition monastery. I returned to the University of Virginia in 2002 to pursue a Master’s Degree in East Asian Studies. My thesis (defended in 2005, and published as a book Traditional Thai Medicine) explored the cultural influences that led to the creation of modern TTM. In 2005, I entered the Ph.D. program in the History of Medicine at Johns Hopkins, where I focused on the relationship between Buddhism and medicine in medieval China. Since the completion of my doctorate in 2010, my research and writing has continued to focus on the history and contemporary relationship between Buddhism and medicine. I joined the faculty at Abington College in 2010, and I have been a humanities fellow at the University of Pennsylvania and Duke University. I am active in various Asian Studies organizations in the Philadelphia area and internationally.

Are you in need for accommodations?

We have a lovely space to accommodate you for an overnight stay during this multi-day retreat. It’s on a first come first serve bases and we will contact you to make arrangements after registration. Make sure to select ‘YES’ for accommodations during the checkout process below.

History of Buddhism and Thai Massage


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All deposit balances due before event starts.
A non-refundable registration fee of $100.00 is required

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