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 assorted method of Thai therapeutic massage through redefining the sen strains in myofascial phrases. He offers a coherent procedure illustrating the functionality and merits of Thai therapeutic massage via its activities at the myofascial community, lymph and blood circulation. moreover, the writer questions the various extra doubtful strikes in Thai therapeutic massage; seems on the ‘spiritual’ points of Thai therapeutic massage by way of presence, cognizance 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 subjects. even though particularly approximately Thai therapeutic massage, content material covers many features of the therapist/patient courting – good explored in psychotherapy yet unusually little lined in therapeutic massage courses.

  • To aid the therapist:
    • the e-book contains references to anatomy, body structure and healing strategies equivalent to neuromuscular approach and covers therapeutic massage and rest and the strategies and dating talents that make stable massage.
    • the writer has distilled the ideas, discarded what he considers risky or hectic for the sufferer and targeting figuring out the options and methods of operating essential to advertise whole leisure for the client.

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Like qi, prana also has a number of different forms and functions. The five primary functions of prana all relate to the breath and it is these aspects that gave rise to pranayama or breath control, one of the eight aspects of yogic practice mentioned in the previous chapter (Feuerstein 1990, p. 258). The complexities of qi are beyond the capacities of this massage therapist’s mind but the medium of transmission is what fascinates this massage therapist’s hands. As we have seen, Traditional Chinese Medicine refers to an intricate web of smaller and smaller channels branching from the 14 main channels used in acupuncture.

Fasciae Elastic Ground substance with freely branching elastin fibres Fibroblasts present in space between fibres Allows stretching in some organs Lung tissues, trachea and bronchial tubes. Walls of elastic arteries. True vocal cords. Suspensory ligament of penis. Ligamenta flava of vertebrae Tendons Attach muscle to bone Ligaments Attach bone to bone Aponeuroses Sheet-like tendons attach muscle to muscle or muscle to bone There are two general types of connective tissues, loose and dense. Loose connective tissue includes the subtypes of areolar, adipose and reticular.

Maciocia G (1991) The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, p. 152. Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh. Milne H (1995) The Heart of Listening, p. 48. North Atlantic Books: Berkeley, CA. Motoyama H (2003) Theories of the Chakras. New Age Books: New Delhi, India. Rapgay L (1985) Tibetan Therapeutic Massage, Introduction. Published by Dr. Lobsang Rapgay: Dharamsala, India. Further reading Feuerstein G (1990) Yoga, The Technology of Ecstacy. Crucible: Wellingborough, UK. Motoyama H (2003) Theories of the Chakras.

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