Thai Yoga Massage A Dynamic Therapy for Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Energy (Hardcover)
|Author: Kam Thye Chow|
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|Until recently Thai yoga massage was virtually unknown in the West. It has its roots in both the ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda and Thai Buddhism. In this unique practice, the therapist gives a full-body massage that combines palming and thumbing along the Thai energy lines and pressure points with gentle stretching, movement, and breath work reminiscent of tai chi. Using his or her own hands, feet, arms, and legs, the practitioner gently guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures, creating a harmonious and therapeutic "dance" that leads to greater physical awareness, grace, and spiritual energy.|
In this comprehensive guide for practitioners, Kam Thye Chow leads readers through every aspect of this dance -- from its history and philosophy to a detailed presentation of a complete Thai yoga massage session. This important reference includes more than 80 illustrated postures, 30 charts and drawings, and a complete series of postures for a two-hour full-body massage that focuses attention on both the upper and lower body, which receive equal stress in the Western lifestyle. Information on contraindications, anatomy, and physiology integrates Western medical knowledge and theory with this ancient tradition. Massage therapists, physical therapists, nurses, and other medical professionals will find Thai Yoga Massage an important and innovative complement to their practice.
From the Publisher:
The power of yoga massage is unleashed in this unique illustrated guide to this ancient and highly successful Southeast Asian technique. Original.
Thai yoga massage is a therapeutic and deeply pleasurable form of bodywork that combines conscious breathing, Ayurveda, assisted yoga postures, Buddhist meditation and acu-pressure therapy. It balances the flow of energy through the body, and encourages both the practitioner and the client to embody the Buddhist ideals of equanimity, compassion, joy and loving-kindness. Chow is one of only a handful of massage practitioners responsible for introducing this ancient approach to the West, through his articles, seminars and private practice.| This comprehensive manual begins with a thorough explanation of the theoretical foundations of Thai yoga massage, including the Ayurvedic concepts that inform the practice. With the help of clear illustrations and charts, Chow discusses energy lines in the body, and then, with a nod to Western medical tradition, discusses the general systems of the body (skeletal, circulatory, nervous, muscular).| He then details the movements, touch techniques (Thai yoga practitioners use their hands, feet, arms and legs), breathing and meditation that go into a massage session.| The second half of the book, illustrated with helpful photographs, takes the reader through a complete, two-hour Thai yoga session, posture by posture. | An appendix lists additional resources, including Thai yoga schools and practitioners throughout the world.| THAI YOGA MASSAGE is a useful reference for massage therapists, clients who want to see what they're getting into before a session, or the curious layman who wants to try the techniques at home.