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Thai Massage History and Theory

History and Theory of Thai Massage
...are laid upon the ground and proceed to be trampled upon by another
When a person becomes ill in Siam, they...
Nuad Boran means?
Ancient Traditional Massage
Historical beginning of Thai massage?
about 2,500 years ago
founding father of Traditional Thai Massage?
Gee Vahkkah Komara Bakkah (Jīvaka Komārabhacca)
The name, Jivaka, means?
"He is alive!"
How was Thai massage spread throughout South East Asia
Buddhist monks
Sen Sib =
Ten Lines of "life-force-energy"
Sen is?
is analogous to Sanskrit word "prana" (not exactly)
Therapy focuses on?
releasing the blocked energy along these lines so Sen can flow freely, thereby restoring balance, health, and harmony in the body and mind.
Thai massage is sometimes called (nickname)?
"Lazy Man's Yoga"
Thai Hot Herbal Ball=
Hot herbal compresses for pain relief
Intention is to:
manipulate the energy lines to diminish tension, stimulate metabolism and create a feeling of well-being and vitality
A complete massage can take up to _____ hours
two, or even more.
Southern Style
Wat Pho temple in Bangkok
Known for "tendon-plucking technique"
Northern style
Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai
Known for luxurious stretching
Thai Massage is a loving...
... gesture from one human being to another.
Technique focuses on greathing and...
Principles of Thai Massage 3:
Dantien = center of gravity and seat of internal energy, located 2 thumbs below navel
Three Principles of Thai Massage
They must be in this order:
1. Safe
2. Polite
3. Effective
The Thai people pride themselves on being a society of tolerance of others
Preparing for Thai Massage
Remove shoes/socks
Drink warm herbal tea
Feet washing
Preparing for Thai Massage
Thanking Teachers/pray in your own faith
Yogi exercises (Qi Gong)
Preparing for Thai Massage
Ask permission to touch top of client's hea
Contraindications: pregnancy
Do not massage the sacrum during 1st
trimester of pregnancy
Contraindications: pregnancy and menstruation
Massage gently during pregnancy and menstruation
Contraindications, general:
When in doubt, don't do it!
Greeting salutation and leave taking valediction
Sawatdee Khaa! for women, and Sawatdee Krup! for men
The Cobra: Full Back Stretching CAUTION:
This is a stretch that should only extend the thoracic spine, do not extend the lumbar spine or allow the recipient to hyperextend their cervical spine!
The Cobra: Full Back Stretching precautions:
If there is any discomfort whatsoever, for any reason, at any time, abort and omit this technique. If, on the other hand, they want more, change to a more mechanically advantageous position, or just repeat once or twice more!
The Cobra: Full Back Stretching
If in doubt, don't do it!