A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage: East meets West by Howard Evans

By Howard Evans

In A Myofascial method of Thai therapeutic massage, the writer takes a substantially diversified method of Thai therapeutic massage by way of redefining the sen traces in myofascial phrases. He offers a coherent process illustrating the functionality and merits of Thai therapeutic massage via its activities at the myofascial community, lymph and blood circulation. moreover, the writer questions a number of the extra doubtful strikes in Thai therapeutic massage; seems on the ‘spiritual’ facets of Thai therapeutic massage by way of presence, consciousness and the therapist/client dating; takes a special view of Thai therapeutic massage and opens the best way for additional exploration of therapeutic massage within the myofascial box; and comprises a few examples of operating with consumers to demonstrate the topics. even though in particular approximately Thai therapeutic massage, content material covers many elements of the therapist/patient dating – good explored in psychotherapy yet unusually little lined in therapeutic massage courses.

  • To aid the therapist:
    • the booklet contains references to anatomy, body structure and healing techniques similar to neuromuscular procedure and covers therapeutic massage and leisure and the concepts and dating abilities that make reliable massage.
    • the writer has distilled the recommendations, discarded what he considers harmful or hectic for the sufferer and targeting figuring out the ideas and methods of operating essential to advertise entire rest for the client.

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Acupuncture points along the meridians were used to adjust the balance and distribution of qi using fine needles or heat. Back then we thought of these meridians as invisible channels unknown to Western anatomy and of qi, which translated as breath or vital energy, as a mysterious life force that Western medicine refused to or was unable to acknowledge. Twenty years on much has changed in our understanding of Traditional Chinese Medicine. In part this is thanks to an extraordinary exchange of knowledge between Western and Eastern medical practi­ tioners and in part because of incredible scientific advances that allow us to observe in the human body what was once only discerned by the senses of our ancient forebears.

7). Fig. 7 Five working lines on the front of the foot 1st outside leg line On the left side of the body this line is associated with sen sahat­ sarangsi and on the right side of the body with sen thawari. These lines show some similarity with the pathway of the stomach channels described in Traditional Chinese Medicine. On the lower leg the line runs from the ankle to the knee along the lateral edge of the tibia, between the bone and the tibialis anterior muscle. As we work this line our aim is to open the myofascial chan­ nel by pressing the tibialis anterior muscle down and away from the tibia.

Observation showed that, as the acupuncture needle is turned, collagen fibres wind around its shaft. Not only does this explain the tug on the needle but it also suggests that acupuncture achieves some of its effects through mechanical influence on the connective tissue matrix. Langevin says that ‘The ancient maps of acupuncture points and meridians may essentially be a guide to insert the needle into connective tissue. Spreading of matrix deformation and cell activation along connective tissue planes thus may mediate acupuncture effects remote from the acupuncture needle site’ (Langevin et al.

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