Words on Wellness
North American Pioneer Thai Massage Teacher Rick Gold (Part 1)
Hold on to your hats! This week I am interviewing one of the founding North American teachers of Thai Yoga Massage, Rick Gold.
In incredibly eloquent terms in this first part of the interview, Rick shares the essence of what drew him to Thai Massage and why he cherishes it to this day. He shares why it is so essential for yogis, massage therapists and anyone on a spiritual path to understand Thai Massage as a means to deepen ones’ practice.
He is such a gifted story teller among the many talents he has! Rick’s part of the 1980s first wave of learning, school building and giving both acupuncture and Thai Massage and has a PhD in Psychology. He’s dedicated his life to bridging Eastern and Western wisdom and shares a ton of it here.
It is a fantastic journey that starts in college in 1971 which eventually brought him to Thailand in 1988.
If you’re only interested in the Thai Yoga Massage part of the story please skip ahead to the 9:32 mark
To hear Rick talk about the essence of Thai Yoga Massage then skip ahead to the 16:55 mark
And stay tuned for the next chapter as Rick shares the process that led to him writing the very first book published in North America on Thai Yoga Massage and much much more!
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To learn more about Rick’s teachings please visit http://www.traditionalthaimassage.com
To learn about the massage and meditation music Rick produces, to listen for FREE and to purchase please visit:
This interview is part of a series of getting to know Thai Yoga Massage students and teachers to dive deeper into the heart of the practice and see how it’s helping people all around the world.
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Shai’s book Compassionate Touch which dives deep into the benefits of giving massage can be purchased here:
Study with Shai and his team of teachers in person: https://www.stillightcentre.com/category/courses-calendar/