Thai Art of Thai Massage: A Guide to Advanced Therapeutic Practice
About this book
Unlike most books about Thai massage, this guide offers a deep and insightful view of important and often neglected aspects of Thai bodywork. Many of the concepts presented in the book also apply to table massage, physical therapy, yoga, and other healing arts. Sharing insights from his many years of practice and teaching, Bob Haddad takes a deeper look at the conceptual, spiritual, and practical approaches behind effective bodywork.
This exciting and valuable guide contains information that has never been previously available in print. Full of exercises and insights to help therapists hone their bodywork skills, this book reveals the key principles that give way to effective treatment, and it explores traditional Thai massage with a special focus on intention, awareness, sensitivity, breath, movement, stillness, and spirituality.
The book is divided into 13 chapters, some with end notes, plus a glossary and bibliography.
An entire section is dedicated to awareness of breath for massage, movement, and everyday activities. Assessment guidelines are offered to work with others based on physical appearance, pre-existing conditions, and elemental predisposition. Exercises to sharpen sensing abilities and intuition are presented, and ways to find, coax, and release blockages in the body are discussed.
The author demonstrates in detail the execution of twelve important Thai massage techniques that are often taught and performed incorrectly. The chapters on Upper Body, Lower Body, and Flow offer ways to structure a customized sequence for each individual and help therapists to move from one technique to another with grace and ease. A section on medicinal herbs discusses the preparation, use, and benefits of hot and cold compresses, medicinal poultices, balms, oils, and herbal baths, as well as easy recipes for all of these traditional therapies. Finally, an entire section discusses ways to distinguish modern hybrid disciplines from traditional Thai massage, and debunks myths and misrepresentations of traditional Thai healing arts.
This book is a first for the world of Thai massage and general massage and bodywork practice:
• Presents guidelines for effortless and effective practice, including body mechanics, breathing patterns, flowing movements, incremental pressure, and exercises to improve sensing and to strengthen intuition as you work
• Offers ways to refine and improve classic techniques that are often performed incorrectly, explains broad healing concepts behind individual techniques, and discusses the awareness and sensitivity with which they should be performed
• Answers common questions, clarifies misunderstandings, and presents ways to work with focused intention on a deeper level, and with more grace, ease, and
256 pages, with 165 b/w photos and illustrations. In most countries, the book is available in paperback and digital format.