A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage: East meets West, 1e 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 by way of redefining the sen traces in myofascial phrases. He presents a coherent method illustrating the functionality and merits of Thai therapeutic massage via its activities at the myofascial community, lymph and blood circulate. additionally, the writer questions the various extra doubtful strikes in Thai therapeutic massage; seems on the ‘spiritual’ features of Thai therapeutic massage by way of presence, recognition and the therapist/client courting; takes a distinct view of Thai therapeutic massage and opens the best way for additional exploration of therapeutic massage within the myofascial box; and contains a few examples of operating with consumers to demonstrate the topics. even supposing in particular 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 help the therapist:
    • the ebook comprises references to anatomy, body structure and healing approaches resembling neuromuscular process and covers therapeutic massage and rest and the thoughts and courting abilities that make solid massage.
    • the writer has distilled the concepts, discarded what he considers risky or stressful for the sufferer and focused on knowing the thoughts and methods of operating essential to advertise entire rest for the client.

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Larson quotes the work of another Rolfer, Stanley Rosenberg, who in 1986 suggested that ‘…the acupuncture meridians are a map of the planes of fascia. By putting my hands on the meridians in certain ways (other than traditional acupressure), I can produce some predict­ able improvements in structure, easily and with little effort’ (Larson 1990, p. 29). Kiiko Matsumoto and Stephen Birch, who have done a great deal of research into the relationship between acupuncture channels and connective tissue, suggest that ‘Perhaps the fascia, the tissues that cover and line the body and organs, have some special qualities, properties or functions that were recognised by the medical authors of the Han Dynasty’ (Larson 1990, p.

Station Hill Press: New York. Langevin HM, Churchill DL & Cipolla MJ (2001). Mechanical signaling through connective tissue: a mechanism for the therapeutic effect of acupuncture. The FASEB Journal 15: 2275–2282. Larson D (1990) The Role of Connective Tissue as the Physical Medium for the Conduction of Healing Energy in Acupuncture and Rolfing. American Journal of Acupuncture 18(3): 251–266. Maciocia G (1991) The Foundations of Chinese Medicine, pp. 41–47. Churchill Livingstone: Edinburgh, UK. Manaka Y (1995) Chasing the Dragon’s Tail.

The c-bend enlists the help of the muscle spindles and Golgi tendon receptors within the muscles. The muscle spindles detect and adjust the length of the muscle while the Golgi tendon receptors detect how hard the muscle is working (Chaitow 2003, p. 3). When we apply the c-bend we convince the nervous system that the muscle is under load and this encourages the nervous system to lengthen the muscle. In Thai Massage, Myofascial pathways – East meets West ■ CHAPTER 4 rhythmic manipulation of the sen is a major part of the massage.

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