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Thai Massage the Thai Way Healing Body and Mind -4®(^Uij7UC/Ufi?Ui^i\?UW7n@#M@0U@ > iO"-SS G**-an?tfa®®?fJQJT<§?<?<$&¢^($$0^SECOND EDITIONFounders of That Massage School of Chiang Mm (The King' s Royal Award For Besi School 2005) Thai Massage School Thailandm/)~~r~~sChiang Mai, ThailandChiang Mai, Thailand For further inform ation and orders, please contact: info@thaimassagebook.com www.thaimassagebook.com Copyright () 2007 by Jan Chaithavuthi and Kan chanoo Mu angs iri With acknowledgement and appreciation to the Se lf-Rea lization Fel lowship (S RF) for the use of the lotus sy mbol and decorative border from the book "Wine of the Mystic ll by Paramahansa Yogananda; and to the Nation al Library, Th ail and , for allowin g us to use the anc ient drawings of liSe n Sibil and "Lu es ri D adto n" which appea r throughout thi s book .All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Any reader who needs to utilize any part of this book to transmit knowledge to others is requested to write to the auth ors for permission. Should anyo ne refer to information in this book, please state as reference the complete details to the reader. First Edition 2005 Second Edition 2007Printed in Chi ang Mai , Th ail and by Nuntap un Printin g Printed in Ban gkok, Th ail and by Amarin Printin gNatio nal Library of Th ail and Catalog in g in Publication Data Cata log Number 615.822 Jan Chaithavuthi Th ai M assage the Th ai W ay: Hea lin g Body and Mind .- - 2nded. - - Ch iang Mai:Th ai Massage Book Press, 2007. 232 p. 1. M assage. - -Th ai land . I. Kanchanoo Mu angs iri , jt. auth . II Titl e.ISBN 978-974-88 159-2-3Note to the reader: Part I of this book co ntain s information from the original sources of Th ai M assage. Part II is the practi ca l workbook and is intended for use under teacher1s supervision. Th e authors and the publi sher are not respo nsibl e whatsoever for any injury resulting fro m read in g or following in stru ctions in this book. Some activi t ies described in this manual may be too strenuous for some peopl e. The reader should co nsult a physician prior to applying them.nIIY.4 /r)e dedicate the merit derived from this book to our guru, Paramahansa Yogananda, \...../ for his blessing and guidance in our daily activities; to God for His creation and cosmic energy; to Buddha and saints of all religions for their holy teaching to us to love all souls and perform only noble tasks. With our utmost respect and dedication, we would like to honor all of our Kings in the past and the present for their contribution , foresight and vision to gather the important knowledge of traditional Thai medicine for the new generation of Thai people to learn.rC4fy name is Jacqueline Gonzalez, a " sage professional practicing for several years. I am a 43 year old American traveling to Thailand to study Thai massage at the TMC school. This is how I was privileged to meet the authors of this unbelievable book. I say just open it, and glance through it and you will know you have something special in your hands. You will be hooked. Thai Massage the Thai Way will be a wonderful learning tool and reference guide in your work with Thai massage. This book represents and illustrates a lot of love, compassion, respect and history for the art of Thai massage. It is a reflection of the love of wanting to share with the reader the truth and beauty of this work. What you may see as a caterpillar, the masters see as a butterfl y. This book is a butterfly with many beautiful colors. Please honor the wonderful masterpiece and honor the work of Thai massage as a butterfly fl ies with its grace. 50 may this book guide you the reader to a better understanding of Thai massage the Thai Way. Understand that happiness is not in making it to your destination , but on the journey one takes to get there ... My thanks to the authors for a job well done. It is so appreciated.~rtJacqueline Gonzalez, LMT, AE5Draw ing by Warut Yuennan~ hai Massage the Thai Way: Healing Body and Mind is the second edition of ~Thai Massage the Th ai Way: In Theory and Practice. The book is the result of the dedication to Thai massage from many great teachers in the past and present. Without the blessing from our teacher, Venerable Phrakhru Uppakarn Phatanakit, we would not have been able to learn the art of traditional Thai massage from our teacher, Ajarn Tuan Ruangyoo , his chief disciple. We honor and bow to both of them. Our deep appreciation to Dr. Winai Pongsripian , Department of History, Faculty of Arts, Silpakorn University, for his sincere help and generosity, and for his kindness in reviewing, revising, and editing the most difficult and important chapter presented at the beginning of this book IIA Brief History of Thailand II. To Miss Chatuporn Sirisamphan and her kind and helpful staff at the Ancient Text Department of the National Library, our thanks for their great assistance in guiding us through the tedious search from the ancient document trail to the truth in Thai massage history. With our most sincere thanks and appreciation to the work and entire life research of Master Tom Tam in his healing system developed from the Chinese ancient times to the modern era of human anatomy. Thank you for his compassionate healing and teaching and giving us the opportunity to learn and share the knowledge with the world in the hope of better healing techniques. To his wife Mrs. Lea Tam , the great practitioner, and his kind and knowledgeable staff, and to his patients who were willing to share their life stories for us to learn. We are indebted to their contribution and kindness. We thank all present and former students of the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai for their love of the art of Thai massage. Their dedication to learning and their quest for knowledge in order to help others, gave us the strength and encouragement to write the book and continue to pursue more knowledge, and ways to improve Thai massage for better health. We deeply appreciate many of the students who have had a part in editing the instruction manuals used at the school; those who volunteered as models for the manuals, and the many who volunteered to translate the manuals into their native languages. Their compassion shines and vibrates through the pages of this book which rests in your hands.The beautiful photographs in part two, the practical part, represent the world as seen through the compassionate eyes of Pandit Watanakasivit. We salute Suwan Tupiyakun , our gifted artist, who wholeheartedly dedicated his time to bring about the top quality of work while fighting to overcome the challenger to his life - cancer. His love and pride in the work continue to shine on every page of the book. He is our living example of a true fighter to us. We thank both of them from the bottom of our hearts. Heartfelt thanks to the readers for their sincere suggestions and kind words, and their permission to reproduce them in part on the back cover of this book. The beautiful form of English language in this book is the compassionate works of Lawrence Maund who kindly edited the text and corrected the English, thus producing the complete work on Thai massage research. We greatly appreciate his time and willingness to take on this task. Thank you to Cathy Borrow, our teacher training graduate, for the sincere and caring offer to edit the book and proof-read for the final touch. Without her thorough, tedious, detailed check with such eagle eyes, this book would not be totally complete. Our utmost appreciation goes to the teachers and staff at TMC school for the love and dedication shown to all of the students, which commences the moment they step through TMCs door and continues all throughout the learning and training process in compliance with our motto:Drawing by Warut YuennanAn c ie nt Monum ent, Sukhoth ai W o rld H erit age Site . Ph o to: Th e Auth o rsPREFACE CHAPTER 1XIIIIntroduction to Thai Massage A Bri ef Hi story of Th ail and O ri gin s, Background and Deve lopment of Th ai M assage Tradi tio nal Th ai M ed icin eCHAPTER 2Principles of Thai Massage Types of Th ai M assage Bas ics of Th ai M assage Th eory of A nato my Acco rdin g to Tradit io nal Th ai M ed icine Benefits of Th ai M assage Compo nents of Th ai M assage Co ntraindi catio ns in Th ai M assageCHAPTER 369 71 75Thai Massage Revival Project Creation and O utco me of the Project O rga nizatio ns in th e Project Adv isors and Teac hers in the ProjectCHAPTER 651 53 55Faith and Ethics of Thai Massage Practitioners Th e Life of Doctor Ji waka Ko maraphat Prayers in Th ai M assage Oath and Ethi cs of Th ai M assage Practitio nersCHAPTER 539 40 41 44 46 48Sen Sib in Complete Sources Bac kground of Sen Sib Names of Se n Sib Trac in g Sen SibCHAPTER 421 26 3579 82 83Laws and Standards of Thai Massage Regul ati o ns for Practi cin g Th ai M assage Accreditati on of Th ai M assage Sc hoo ls85 86How to Use Part Two of this Book Cautionary Sites in Thai Massage Introduction: Lesson 1: Lesson 2: Lesson 3: Lesson 4: Lesson 5: Lesson 6: Lesson 7: Lesson 8: Lesson 9: Lesson 10: Lesson 11:Sitting and Hand Positions Head Massage Neck Massage Shoulder Massage Facial Massage Back Massage Side Lying Position Back Massage Face Down Position Arm Massage Abdominal Massage Leg Massage Stretching Positions Closing MassageBibliography Index About Self-Realization Fellowship (SRF) About the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai (TMC) About the Authors and the Production Team91 93 107 11 3 117 11 8 121 131 140 155 167 173 196 213 220 223 226 227 228III ustrations: Migration Mapping of the Ancient Tai Sen Sib Path Drawings Cautionary Sites in Thai Massage The Muscular System The Skeletal System The Vertebral Column Example Recipient Information Form Sympathetic and Parasympathetic Nerves Tom Tam Healing System22 56-66 96-97 98-99 100-101 102 103-104 128-129 130~haiMassage the Thai Way: Healing Body and Mind is a sequel to Thai Massage the Thai Way: In Theory and Practice. The goal of this edition is to present to the world the most beneficial book on Thai massage which is complete and accurate in both information and language. The second most difficult task in preparing the Thai massage book, next to compiling the ancient wisdom on the theory of Thai massage and presenting the techniques, was presenting it in the English language. We are most fortunate to have received the sincere and compassionate help from Lawrence Maund and Cathy Borrow who read the text and understood the meaning of every detail and story, then edited the entire book in order to present it to the readers in correct and beautiful English without altering the original meaning or content of the book. Part one entitled 'Theory' has been revised and clarified for better understanding. An in-depth look at life energy is presented for a spiritual benefit and the massage sequences have also been revised in Part two. Circumstances bring changes to our way of life and even our way of doing things. That includes the way of performing Thai massage. One of the authors - Jan Chaithavuthi - was in search of ways to help friends suffering from cancer. Her search led her to the work of the Tom Tam Healing System. Jan pursued her quest by following Master Tom Tam 's work extensively. Jan followed his seminars on the Tom Tam Healing System from Singapore to California during his lecture tour that followed his trip to China. After the wonderful opportunity of seeing him heal a dear friend of cancer compl ications and meeti ng with several real Iife patients whom he had healed during her trip to California for a seminar, Jan took another step to ask permission to undergo an internship at his clinic in Boston, Massachusetts, U .S .A . During a week of intensive training in two of his three clinics, she ¡ was able to observe Master Tom Tam 's treatment of hundreds of patients. Jan also had the good fortune to train in and combine Tui Na (Chinese massage) with Thai massage as a way of relieving blockages, "knots", on the neck and back of many patients. The blockage theory in Thai massage, liSen Sibil (life force pathway), is applied in the healing of body and mind. The Thai ancients indicate that the blockages occur in the\...:tIXIIIpathway of the life force (Prana) and may cause all kinds of illness. Hence removal of the blockages takes place in the healing process. The Tom Tam system of healing is based entirely on the blockage theory as well. However his blockage theory is applied on an anatomical basis on the energy loops which are between the channels of the brain, the nervous systems, and the organs. The channels need to have the least resistance in order for the energy, or Bio Electricity, to pass freely between the loop of the brain, the nervous system and the organs . Nevertheless the "essence medium" that needs to be able to flow freely through the pathway of both the nerve lines and the meridians is still the essence of life that is known as "Iife force". He refers to it in accordance with the ancient Chinese theory as "Chi" and in modern terms as "Bio-signal". To the Thais and Indians it is known as "Prana". The blockages in the physical form are knots (among other signs) on the muscles or tendons. They can mostly be found next to the spinal column where the nervous system passes the bio-signal to the body and coordinates with the function of the body. The energy from the brain runs downwards. Massage from the head helps the energy to flow in the most natural way. The opening of the blockages should first start from the top and then proceed down the body. Since, without opening the top blockage, the bottom one will have difficulty opening. (From Tom Tam Healing System "Blockage" page 9-11). The finding and application of Master Tam 's healing system to the practice brings great results in healing the patients and in helping them to maintain wellness through the combination of massage to remove blockages and other healing modalities in his system. (Complete details can be found in his book "Tom Tam Healing System" at www.TomTam.com). The authors have taken a dramatic leap to rearrange the sequences in Thai massage practice in Part II of this book. Generally, Thai massage starts at the recipient's feet, or from the legs, and moves up towards the head. However the sequence may change according to the recipient's need to relieve discomfort in other parts of the body first. The masseur may start massage, for example, on the head first for a headache or the back for back pain or on the legs for leg cramps. This change has been introduced to benefit the healing of both body and mind by applying Thai massage in the same direction as the flow of the life force in accordance with the Tom Tam Healing System. All massage techniques still remain the same, however, with original hand and sitting positions, and using the massage lines according to the findings of the twelve great teachers in 1985 -1987 A. D. at meetings of the Thai Massage Revival Project. The improvements are included in the graphics of Sen Sib in relation to the massage lines along with the positions for those learners interested in the spiritual side of Thai massage. Furthermore, the anatomical graphics enable the learner to gain a better understanding of the massage lines and locations. The changes are only in the order of the massage sequence, increased concentration on the back massage and the el imination of some redundant leg positions.XIVIt is our wish that Thai M assage the Th ai Way: Healing Body and Mind benefits not only students of Th ai massage, but also disadvantaged and und erprivil eged children. A major portion of the net proceeds from this book will be donated to the Yogananda Found atio n to help poor c hildren in Th ail and gain proper ed ucation .xv~ hepurpose of publishing Thai Massage the Thai Way: In Theory and Practice is to provide the reader with true and accurate inform ation abo ut this ancient art and to promote safe and effective Thai massage to the world. Ever sin ce the western world took an interest in the anc ient art of Th ai massage, its or igin background, principles, objectives and practice have for many years been left to guesswork, mi si nform atio n, myth , and unintenti o nal fa lse claims . Much of the wr itte n information ava ilabl e to the people outsid e of Th ail and has been written by non-Thais and repeated aga in and agai n until many false facts have been taken to be the truth. Compiling information on Thai massage, from past to present, has been a chall enge. Thus, in see kin g the anc ient truth, one must travel the sa me path. Whatever ex istin g info rm ation there is o n Th ai massage is to be found in anc ient Th ai texts. Infor mation o n traditional Th ai med ic in e has also been preserved in anc ient Th ai texts, as well as the Tripitaka (the sacred Buddhi st Scriptures). Thai m assage practice is in the hand s of the practitioners and teachers whose knowl edge is linked to anci ent times. Th e most important and reliable facts o n Th ai massage practice have been un covered through a detailed search for the original fo undations of the true principles of Th ai massage und er the supervi sion of the Th ai M assage Reviva l Proj ect from 1985-1987. Th e findings have been used to estab li sh a sta nd ard for the positions and techniques of Thai massage so as to provide effective, genu ine Thai massage that uses safe techniques and, at the same time, is polite and co urteo us in accorda nce with Th ai culture. Th ese findings have co me from placing the chips of all positions and techniques in use on the massage mat and weeding o ut the un safe and in appropriate ones. The res ults have provided a standard for Th ai massage that is followed thro ughout the co untry. Some lea rn ers may prefer the method of stretc hin g in various positions, si mil ar to individu al yoga practice, and/or stepp ing on th e rece iver 's body as an adva nced form of Th ai massage. Genuin e Thai massage, which is linked to the experi ence of teachers of anc ient times, may be recognized as advanced Th ai massage when the giver performs the massage with deep concentration, accurate pressure and seq uence, performed with smoothness in transition so that the move ments during the massage flow like the wind.VXVIOther sources may recognize Thai massage as the art of "yoga". But the true meaning of yoga is "union of the individual soul with Spirit" (Paramahansa Yogananda, SRF). Yoga, from Sanskrit "yui", means "union". The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, 2nd edition , also describes "yoga" as "union of the self with the Supreme Being or ultimate principle". Thus, yoga is not Thai massage as suggested. Nevertheless, Thai massage can be considered a "union" as the giver massages to the point that both giver and receiver become "one" with each other. This state may be attained when the giver massages with a serene, calm mind and with concentration so that the rhythm of the breath becomes one with the receiver. During massage the pair feel a presence of peace and harmony with a higher force. The giver may be in a meditative state while massaging. On completion, the giver feels serene, relaxed and joyous while the receiver is immersed in peace and tranquility, yet energized. The beauty and uniqueness of Thai massage is to be found in the sitting and hand positions used when applying pressure and in a smooth sequential transition. The book you have in your hands holds the answers to many questions about Thai massage. The answers come from ancient times and are not from the present making. There may still be several unanswered questions from the curious mind, b
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