Thai Massage

A Traditional Medical Technique

By

  • Richard Gold, PhD, LAc, Practitioner and Lecturer, San Diego, CA

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.
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Book information

  • Published: October 2006
  • Imprint: MOSBY
  • ISBN: 978-0-323-09302-6


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
Basic Theories
-The issue of wind
-Sen: the energy pathways of the body
2. Rules, Methods and Techniques
Rules
Methods
Body Awareness
Working Postures
Rhythm & Flow
Therapeutic Actions: East and West
Overcoming Limitations
Techniques
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
Legs
-Stretches applied with the feet
Hips and back
Arms, hands and fingers
Stretching techniques
5. Client in Prone Position
Feet and legs
Back and shoulders
Stretching Techniques
6. Client in Seated Position
Shoulders, neck and back
Face
Stretching Techniques
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
Resources
Appendix A: Muscle Atlas
Appendix B: Mantra
Conclusion
Bibliography
Further Reading
Index