Thai Massage: A Traditional Medical Technique / Edition 2

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Overview

This richly illustrated book presents, for the first time in English, a detailed and practical introduction to traditional Thai medical massage. It begins with a discussion of the theories of Thai medicine and how they have been influenced by Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. Clear and easy-to-follow descriptions are given of all the varied techniques involved— techniques which can be used alone, in conjunction with other forms of massage, or to facilitate yoga and other meditation practices.

Basic explanations are given of how therapists can use ele- ments of techniques & apply immediately to their practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323041386
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/11/2006
  • Series: Mosby's Massage Career Development Series
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 7.20 (w) x 10.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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

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