By Howard Evans
In A Myofascial method of Thai therapeutic massage, the writer takes a significantly various method of Thai therapeutic massage by way of redefining the sen traces in myofascial phrases. He presents a coherent method illustrating the functionality and advantages of Thai therapeutic massage via its activities at the myofascial community, lymph and blood circulation. moreover, the writer questions many of the extra doubtful strikes in Thai therapeutic massage; seems to be on the 'spiritual' elements of Thai therapeutic massage by way of presence, realization and the therapist/client courting; takes a distinct view of Thai therapeutic massage and opens the way in which for additional exploration of therapeutic massage within the myofascial box; and contains a few examples of operating with consumers to demonstrate the subjects. even supposing particularly approximately Thai therapeutic massage, content material covers many elements of the therapist/patient dating - good explored in psychotherapy yet unusually little coated in therapeutic massage courses.To help the therapist:the ebook contains references to anatomy, body structure and healing techniques akin to neuromuscular procedure and covers therapeutic massage and rest and the ideas and courting talents that make strong massage.the writer has distilled the suggestions, discarded what he considers risky or irritating for the sufferer and targeting figuring out the suggestions and methods of operating essential to advertise entire rest for the customer.
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Lief devised the name ‘neuromuscular technique’ to describe the resulting approach to soft tissue manipulation (Chaitow 2003, pp. 32–33). The range of techniques now included under the general heading of neuromuscular technique has expanded to include many new and associated techniques. One of these is the ‘c-bend’, recognised as one of the few ways of modifying connective tissue status and lengthen ing muscle through a process of ‘tension loading’. The technique involves using the thumbs or the heel of the hand to introduce a ‘c-bend’ into the target muscle, until the first barrier of resistance is met.
From there we follow the lateral border of the biceps femo ris. This line can be worked either with the heel of the hand or with the thumb. It is usually worked with the patient’s leg raised with their foot resting against the massage therapist’s belly or hip (Fig. 15). 49 50 A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage Fig. 14 Using both hands to work the 3rd outside leg line on the lower leg Fig. 15 Palming the 3rd outside leg line on the upper leg 1st inside leg line If necessary, the 1st and 2nd inside leg lines can be worked with the thumbs and the palms in much the same way as the 1st and 2nd out side leg lines.
It is tempting to get close to the patient so that we can see what we are doing. This is not necessary. We need to feel what we are doing, not see it. Once we can trust our feeling, we can keep our body away from our patient and use our hands and arms in an open and relaxed way. Our patient will feel the spacious quality of our contact. As we lean into a line we feel for the softening of the tissue. We lean deeper and connect with the elasticity of the fascia. We feel for the movement in the fascia.