Thai Massage: Natural Therapy for Flexibility, Relaxation and Energy Balance
Thai massage is a flowing sequence of stretches interspersed with pressure, using palms, thumbs, elbows, knees and feet. The exercises in this manual are presented in step-by-step instructions, integrated with colour photographs and superimposed directional arrows to demonstrate each one. The models are all trained therapists or students of Thai massage. The healing aspect of each technique is emphasised in the text as well as the mechanics themselves. The complete safety of performing all techniques is also a priority and contraindications are boldly stated where applicable. The book also advises on devising your own massage programmes to suit specific healing needs or adaptations to time constraints. The book is divided into three sections to make the programme easy to follow. First of all there is an introduction to the concept and history of Thai massage, and to the parts of the body it employs. The second part concentrates on the step-by-step sequences, organized by part of the body. Finally, the third section examines how these sequences can be tailored into a personal programme for the reader to incorporate into their daily routine.