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Under the command and guidance of His Majesty King Yodfah Chulaloke, Rama I, of Chakri Dynasty, the founder of Bangkok, the writing-painting-sculpturing of Siamese traditional medicine, self-exercises, and massage was created since the year of 1788. King Rama II and III also continued and completed the work. Wat Chetupon or Wat Bho in Bangkok has been the center of this knowledge. In Siamese literature, the word of hermit (or Rue-See) is similar to the term of Guru in India, i.e. a professor who knew those subjects deeply. Since only monks or priests are active in Buddhist philosophy, a figure of Rue-See is suitable in the role as a respected teacher. No one can prove that our kings copied this from somewhere else. Indeed, it was collections that our ancestors have had compiled for generations. Let's say that Indians have Yoga while Chinese have Tai Kgek, why not the Thai have Rue-See Dud-Dton?

These 15 out of 127 illustrated contorted postures are actually specific asana's or ‘seats' of self-exercise and besides offering relief from the common cross-legged sitting position, these postures also promise medical benefits.

If readers have a particular ailment as described, they should concentrate on the posture which offers relief. These postures should be practiced on a daily basis to receive medical benefit. For those who have never practiced yoga before it would be advisable to find a competent instructor.

This form of movement can be studied at Chetawan Thai Traditional Massage School , Tel : 053-410360-1.

Examples of the


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