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Thai Yoga Massage: A Dynamic Therapy for Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Energyby Kam Thye Chow
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A paperback edition with DVD featuring a unique massage therapy that combines stretching, breath work, assisted yoga postures, and pressure point therapy
• Text includes more than 125 black-and-white photographs of instructional postures
• DVD features author demonstrating techniques for performing a one-hour massage
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 bodys 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 worlds 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.
In this comprehensive guide for practitioners, Kam Thye Chow leads readers through every aspect of this unique therapy that combines stretching, breath work, assisted yoga postures, and pressure point therapy, from its history and philosophy to an illustrated presentation of a complete Thai yoga massage session. Information on contraindications, anatomy, and physiology integrates Western medical knowledge and theory with this ancient tradition.
In this fully illustrated instructional guide to Thai Yoga Massage, Kam Thye Chow leads readers through every aspect of this ancient bodywork therapy--from its origins in Thai Buddhist temples to a detailed presentation of classic postures. Photos.
A Dynamic Therapy for Physical Well-Being and Spiritual Energy. Paperback edition with accompanying DVD.
About the Author
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.
Table of Contents
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
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
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