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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. 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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