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Thai Massage

A Traditional Medical Technique

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.

Book, 240 Pages

Published: October 2006

Imprint: Mosby

ISBN: 978-0-323-09302-6


  • 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
    Body Awareness
    Working Postures
    Rhythm & Flow
    Therapeutic Actions: East and West
    Overcoming Limitations
    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
    Stretching techniques
    5. Client in Prone Position
    Feet and legs
    Back and shoulders
    Stretching Techniques
    6. Client in Seated Position
    Shoulders, neck and back
    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
    Appendix A: Muscle Atlas
    Appendix B: Mantra
    Further Reading


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