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Thai Yoga Massage A Dynamic Therapy for Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Energy (Hardcover)

Author:  Kam Thye Chow
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0892819375
ISBN-13: 9780892819379
Sku: 30615999
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 11.75H x 8.75L x 0.75T
Pages:  160
Age Range:  NA
 
I come from Malaysia, a peninsular nation between China and India. Historically, Malaysia was the meeting place for the great cultures of these two countries. many merchants, artisans, and laborers who came to the Far East settled in Malaysia; they were accompanied by healers, yogis, martial artists, and herbalists who brought their spiritual beliefs with them. (from the first line)
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.

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An authentic guide to Thai yoga massage, a unique therapy that combines stretching, breath work, assisted yoga postures, and pressure point therapy.
* Includes more than 80 illustrations, 30 charts, and a complete series of postures for a two-hour full-body massage.
* Author Kam Thye Chow has taught massage in Thailand and throughout Europe and North America.
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.
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Thai yoga massage is a therapeutic bodywork that combines conscious breathing, Ayurveda, assisted yoga postures, Buddhist meditation, and acu-pressure therapy. 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.

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Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0160
Product attributePublisher:   Healing Arts Press
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