I do not know any single person who would not like it. The harmonious combination of stretching and relaxation, an energy balance of the patient and massage therapist .. by pressing soft tissue, stretching, twisting, and a combination of the above. Moreover, it is called "yoga for lazy people."
History of Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage, also called Nuad Bo-Rarn, is one of the oldest forms of developed medicine. It has been taught and practiced in Thailand for over 2,500 years. According to folklore, this ancient practice originated in India thousands of years ago. Thai Massage is believed to have come from Jivaki Komarbhacca, who is still referred to as the “Father Doctor.” He was a physician, friend and contemporary of Buddha.
Philosophy of Thai Massage
Rooted in the Indian Ayurvedic medical practice, Thai Massage is one of many forms of Oriental bodywork based on energy balance theory of health and healing. The Chinese system of acupressure is an obvious influence. Thai massage focuses on the ten major sen lines by palming and thumbing along these energy pathways. According to this theory, the human body contains a field of energy within it composed of 72,000 sen lines, ten of which hold top priority. The Chinese meridian theory calls this energy “Qi” and the Indian Ayurvedic system of nadis refers to it as “prana”. It is believed that blockages in the flow of this energy manifest in discomfort, disease and pain.
Most ailments then are the result of an imbalance in these meridians, whereas free flow along the sen lines leads one to feel energetic, relaxed and free from stiffness and pain. Working pressure points along the sen lines releases blockages of energy and increases energy flow, thereby helping to restore balance, the key to good health. Well-being can be restored and maintained by rhythmically working along the ten sen or vital energy conduits. This sacred philosophy was taken directly from the teachings of Yoga. Thai Massage is very rhythmic and meditative, enabling both the client and the practitioner to reach a deeper level of consciousness.
Practice of Thai Massage
The Thai Massage form of body therapy includes therapeutic stretching, joint mobilization, rhythmic deep-tissue compression, toning of energy lines, acupressure, assisted hatha yoga poses, mindfulness and loving-kindness meditation. Due to the unique form of stretching employed, Thai Massage is sometimes called “lazy man’s Yoga.” The practitioner is able to direct the intensity of the stretching and pressure points for a much deeper result than one practicing yoga on their own would be able to achieve.
Movements are flowing and harmonious, creating a deeply soothing yet energizing effect for both giver and receiver. It is practiced on a firm mat on the floor. It involves peripheral stimulation, acting as an external stimulant to produce specific, internal effects. The effective use of the practitioner’s body weight is instrumental in the practice. With the exception of the feet, the client remains fully clothed.
Yumeiho® is a therapeutic method based on manual actions performed on the entire human body for maintaining or improving health; it includes about 100 maneuvers performed on the entire patient’s body. It is also known as the “method of correcting hip bones, massage and acupressure” or “Saionji Oriental Special Massage”, but the original name is “Yumeiho Therapy”. The Yumeiho® therapy consists of the methodical application of a complex set of manual procedures and physical exercises meant to restore the functional balance of the human organism. Thus, a diverse range of disorders that may cause both acute and chronic diseases is eliminated or ameliorated.
Although Yumeiho® is a method designed to be mainly preventively applied, it is still called „therapy” due to the fact its main purpose is treating or reducing the causes of functional disorders which, in time, may result in chronic sufferings. Also, the Yumeiho® therapy can be applied in order to prevent or to slow down the progress of already existing sufferings.
The manual therapeutic procedures, applied to prophylactic or corrective purposes within the Yumeiho therapy, consist of: osteoarticular manipulation techniques and passive myo-articular gym; point therapy procedures (virtually similar to those used in acupressure and reflexotherapy); special massage techniques and procedures; stretching elements (stretches, elongations); correction and balancing methods of posture, walking and rest positions; optimization exercises of the biomechanics of the locomotor system. The physical exercises practiced within the Yumeiho® therapy consist of special gymnastic called YUMEIHO® TAISO, accompanied by breathing techniques, relaxation methods etc. Source
Post Isometric Relaxation
There is a fine line between lengthening muscles by gently stretching them, and elongating them to the point of triggering the stretch reflex, a protective response that contracts the muscle, causing the undesirable effect of tightening the targeted muscle. Post-isometric relaxation is a technique designed to relax tight muscles without initiating this reflex. It is helpful in reducing muscle spasms and increasing range of motion.
Post-isometric relaxation, commonly known as PIR, is used by chiropractors, massage therapists and other trained specialists such as physical therapists. During a session, the therapist passively moves the involved muscle to the end of its length or resistance barrier. At this point, the patient should feel no pain and only a mild stretch, as if the slack has been taken out of their muscle. The patient then resists the stretch, pushing against the therapist’s hand in order to contract the involved muscle. This resistance should be at about 20 percent of the patient’s maximum strength and should last for only seven to 10 seconds. The patient then relaxes. Once the therapist feels the muscle release, she continues the stretch to its next barrier. The process is repeated three to five times, depending on the severity of the muscle spasm or joint restriction.
Muscles in Need
PIR is recommended for the treatment of all postural muscles -- the muscles that enable the body to walk, sit and stand. These muscles maintain the body’s posture against the effects of gravity and have a tendency to become shortened. Several muscles in the upper body fall under this category such as the upper trapezius, the muscles running from the base of the skull to the collarbone; the latissimus dorsi, the broad muscles on each side of the midback; and both pectoralis major and minor, the main chest muscles, to name a few. Common muscles treated in the lower body are the hamstrings, those muscles that run along the back of the thigh; the rectus femoris, one of the muscles that make up the quadriceps; and the adductors, those muscles that have a tendency to tighten up along the inner thigh.
A study was conducted with 47 participants ages 20 to 40 at Logan College of Chiropractic to determine whether PIR could reduce hamstring tightness. Tight hamstrings are known to produce lower back pain, and hamstring strains are a common injury, particularly among athletes. Keeping this muscle flexible is considered a preventive measure in minimizing this type of injury. The flexibility of the hamstrings was measured before and after treatment with the sit-and-reach test, a distance measured between the ends of the fingers and toes when sitting with legs extended and reaching for toes. Thirty-nine of the 40 subjects who had tight hamstrings showed an increase in flexibility, as measured by their sit-and-reach scores, after receiving PIR.
Over the Top
Keep in mind to never overstretch when using this technique. If the therapist is lengthening a muscle to the point of pain, it is being overstretched and the therapy is not being performed correctly. The muscle should reach what is known as the restriction barrier, the point where the first sign of resistance is met when the therapist passively moves the muscle. The patient may be slightly sore after PIR therapy, but this should dissipate within a few days
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