A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage: East meets West by Howard Evans

By Howard Evans

In A Myofascial method of Thai therapeutic massage, the writer takes a considerably varied method of Thai therapeutic massage via redefining the sen traces in myofascial phrases. He presents a coherent method illustrating the functionality and advantages of Thai therapeutic massage via its activities at the myofascial community, lymph and blood stream. additionally, the writer questions the various extra doubtful strikes in Thai therapeutic massage; appears on the 'spiritual' facets of Thai therapeutic massage by way of presence, awareness and the therapist/client dating; takes a distinct view of Thai therapeutic massage and opens the best way for extra exploration of therapeutic massage within the myofascial box; and comprises a few examples of operating with consumers to demonstrate the topics. even supposing in particular approximately Thai therapeutic massage, content material covers many elements of the therapist/patient courting - good explored in psychotherapy yet unusually little coated in therapeutic massage courses.To aid the therapist:the ebook comprises references to anatomy, body structure and healing methods comparable to neuromuscular procedure and covers therapeutic massage and rest and the ideas and courting abilities that make reliable massage.the writer has distilled the recommendations, discarded what he considers harmful or hectic for the sufferer and focused on figuring out the options and methods of operating essential to advertise entire rest for the customer.

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We work the 2nd outside leg line with the thumbs, pressing the fascial band of the iliotibial tract down and under the femur (Fig. 13). The myofascial sen ■ CHAPTER 5 Fig. 12 Thumbing the 2nd outside leg line on the lower leg Fig. 13 Thumbing the 2nd outside leg line on the upper leg 3rd outside leg line The 3rd outside leg line is associated with sen ittha on the left side of the body and with sen pingkhala on the right side. The line begins just above the heel in the centre of the Achilles tendon.

30 Resting for a moment with the hands on the sacrum and the thoracic spine Face lines On the head we find two pairs of lines that are a continuation of the lines on the back. The medial pair starts at the medial corners of the eyebrows and runs parallel up into the hairline. The lateral pair starts at the centre of the eyebrows and runs parallel up into the hairline. We use these lines to engage with and mobilise the scalp (Fig. 31). Fig. 31 Using the face lines to mobilise the forehead The other face lines again vary according to the teacher and practi­ tioner.

That said, however, the lines are easy to find and to use. Medial back lines We find two medial back lines, one on either side of the spinal col­ umn. The line to the left is associated with sen ittha and the one to the right with sen pingkhala. To locate these lines we allow our thumbs to feel for the spinous processes of the vertebrae and then let them fall off into the two channels either side of the spine (Fig. 27). Fig. 27 Using the thumbs on the inside back lines to lift the erector spinae muscle at each vertebra We can follow these channels with our thumbs from the pelvis to the seventh cervical vertebra, although in practice we usually stop at the lower edge of the scapulae.

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