This practical and highly illustrated introduction to the principles and techniques of Thai massage discusses the theories of Thai medicine and its Chinese and Ayurvedic influences. It offers clear and easy-to-follow descriptions for all Thai massage techniques accompanied by full color photographs and drawings, with arrows to indicate direction of movement. Basic explanations describe how massage therapists can use elements of these techniques and apply them immediately in their own practice. The book includes a DVD with 45 minutes of video showing techniques and routines in real time, to demonstrate appropriate pacing.
- Gives clear and easy-to-follow descriptions for each technique.
- Techniques can be used alone, in conjunction with other forms of massage, or to facilitate Yoga and other meditation practices.
- Clinically valuable and practical explanations of how to use elements of the procedures make it easy for therapists to enrich their practice with these techniques -- whether applying all of the methods, or starting with stretches alone.
- Features an icon throughout the text that calls attention to precautions therapists must be aware of for safe and effective sessions.
- Includes a 45-minute DVD presenting video of techniques and routines in real time, to demonstrate proper pacing.
New to this Edition
- Photographs, drawings, and illustrations of techniques are now in full color, for greater clarity of concepts.
- More historical background provides a deeper understanding of this ancient medical art.
- An accompanying DVD offers a 45-minute video of a Thai massage session in real time – demonstrating procedures with proper pacing. The visual approach along with its step-by-step narration helps viewers understand how the concepts discussed in the book translate to actual practice. The book also includes DVD icons that indicate which techniques are demonstrated on the DVD.
- Increased coverage of body mechanics helps readers understand the difference between correct and incorrect technique.
- Legends below the photographs provide specific information on the muscles being pressed or stretched with each technique to help therapists understand how this art of Asian healing corresponds to Western anatomy. A new Muscle Atlas appendix helps to further identify muscles mentioned in these legends.
- A new chapter, Correlations to Yoga, outlines the correlations between specific Thai massage procedures and yoga postures to help therapists incorporate Yoga into their practices.
- A new chapter, Suggested Sequences, provides guidelines for 60-, 90-, and
120-minute sessions – taking the guesswork out of planning Thai massage
Table of Contents
Foreword by Ted J. Kaptchuk
Introduction: Closing a Circle
Unit 1-History and Methods
1. Traditional Thai Medicine
A brief history of medicine in Thailand
Buddhist influences on Thai massage
-The issue of wind
-Sen: the energy pathways of the body
2. Rules, Methods and Techniques
Rhythm & Flow
Therapeutic Actions: East and West
Precautions and contraindications
Unit 2-Practical Application
3. Client in Supine Position
Legs and feet
-Working the Sen lines of the legs
The abdominal region
Chest, shoulders, neck, arms
Face and neck
4. Client in Lateral Recumbent Position
-Stretches applied with the feet
Hips and back
Arms, hands and fingers
5. Client in Prone Position
Feet and legs
Back and shoulders
6. Client in Seated Position
Shoulders, neck and back
Ending the session
Unit 3-Application for Practice
7. Suggested Sequences
Timeliness & Timelessness
Suggested Sequence for a 60 Minute session
Suggested Sequence for a 90 Minute session
Suggested Sequence for a 120 Minute session
8. Correlations to Yoga
Thai Massage and Yoga
Appendix A: Muscle Atlas
Appendix B: Mantra