Encyclopedia of Thai Massage

A Complete Guide to Traditional Thai Massage Therapy and Acupressure

Dr. C. Pierce Salguero , David Roylance

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Drawing from thai history, cultural studies, Buddhist religion, and yogic practices, as well as a modern understanding of anatomy and physiology, this guidebook bridges the gap between theory and practice while presenting bodywork as it is understood in Thailand—as a therapeutic medical science. Presenting detailed analysis of each step in a thai massage routine, the history, spiritual traditions, and ethical codes are offered in an engaging, informal style.

Numerous photographs and diagrams illustrate the variety of techniques used, and examples of routines for treating specific disorders are discussed. Updated with new layout, photos, and expanded text, this exhaustive handbook is complete with a section on the main energy meridians and diagrams of acupressure points, making it the perfect tool to accompany anyone studying this popular healing modality.

What will you learn from this book

  • Historical Background: Understand the rich history and cultural significance of Thai massage, which combines influences from Indian Ayurvedic practices, traditional Chinese medicine, and Southeast Asian traditions.

  • Energy Lines (Sen): Learn about the body's energy lines, known as "Sen," which are similar to meridians in Chinese medicine. Thai massage focuses on manipulating these lines to promote health and balance.

  • Techniques and Stretches: Familiarize yourself with the various techniques used in Thai massage, including acupressure, deep tissue massage, and assisted yoga-like stretches designed to enhance flexibility and relieve tension.

  • Practitioner and Client Interaction: Recognize the importance of the dynamic interaction between the practitioner and the client. The practitioner uses their body weight and leverage rather than muscular force to perform the massage.

  • Breath and Rhythm: Emphasize the synchronization of breath and movement. Both the practitioner and client should breathe deeply and rhythmically to facilitate relaxation and energy flow.

  • Holistic Approach: Thai massage is a holistic practice that addresses physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being. It aims to restore balance and harmony to the body and mind.

  • Body Mechanics: Learn proper body mechanics to ensure the practitioner's safety and effectiveness. Proper posture and technique help prevent injury and enhance the therapeutic impact of the massage.

  • Preparation and Environment: Prepare a conducive environment for Thai massage, including a comfortable mat, soothing music, and a calm atmosphere. Both practitioner and client should be relaxed and present.

  • Therapeutic Benefits: Understand the numerous therapeutic benefits of Thai massage, including improved circulation, reduced muscle tension, enhanced flexibility, and relief from stress and anxiety.

  • Ethical Practice: Adhere to ethical guidelines and principles, ensuring respect, professionalism, and clear communication between the practitioner and client. Always prioritize the client's comfort and well-being.

Language English
ISBN-10 1844095630
ISBN-13 9781844095636
No of pages 288
Font Size Medium
Book Publisher Simon & Schuster
Published Date 01 Jan 2018

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