In the temples of Thailand many centuries ago, a dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga, ayurveda, and the martial arts was born. In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Massage, the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing along the body's energy lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and balances the body energetically. In this paperback edition of Thai Yoga Massage,Kam Thye Chow not only leads readers through every aspect of this ancient bodywork therapy using more than 125 detailed, step-by-step photographs, but he also demonstrates the techniques for performing a one-hour massage in the accompanying DVD. Kam Thye Chow is one of the world's foremost practitioners and has taught massage in Thailand and throughout Europe and North America. With this text and DVD set, his personal training is now available for those who wish to see the techniques demonstrated live as a complement to the points discussed in the text.
Kam Thye Chow is one of the world's foremost practitioners and has taught massage in Thailand and throughout Europe and North America. He is the author of Tai Chi Chuan: Mindfulness in Motion and his writings also have been featured in Massage Magazine, Bodywork, and other healing arts journals. He is the founder and director of the Lotus Palm School in Montreal.
Acknowledgments Foreword by Sudhir Jonathan Foust Part One: The Philosophy 1. From Temple Art to Healing Art 2. Theoretical Foundations: The Sen Lines, the Doshas, and Western Medical Principles 3. The Dancing Meditation of Thai Yoga Massage 4. The Practitioner/Client Relationship Part Two: The Practice 5. Introduction 6. Sitting Postures 7. Double- and Single-Foot Postures 8. Sen Work on Legs 9. Single-Leg Postures 10. Side-Lying Postures 11. Back-Position Postures 12. Double-Leg Postures 13. Abdomen, Chest, Arm, and Hand Postures 14. Session Closure Appendix 1: Personal Health Questionnaire Appendix 2: Ayurvedic Constitution Questionnaire Resources Suggested Reading