A Myofascial Approach to Thai Massage:
. questions some of the more dubious moves in Thai Massage.
. looks at the 'spiritual' aspects of Thai Massage in terms of presence, attention and the therapist/client relationship.
. takes a unique view of Thai Massage and opens the way for further exploration of massage in the myofascial field.
. includes some examples of working with clients to illustrate the themes.
This book will be of interest to both experienced and student manual/physical therapists and yoga teachers. Although specifically about Thai Massage it will cover many aspects of the therapist/patient relationship - well explored in psychotherapy but surprisingly little covered in massage courses.
Chapter 2 Past and present
Chapter 3 Ten sen - West meets East
Chapter 4 Myofascial pathways - East meets West
Chapter 5 The myofascial sen
Chapter 6 Meditation in movement
Chapter 7 Working with health
Chapter 8 A one-and-a-half-hour routine
Chapter 9 Additional techniques and techniques to avoid
Chapter 10 Working as a massage therapist
Evans's own training includes Traditional Chinese Medicine, Thai Massage, Advanced Thai Massage, integrative and core process psychotherapy and biodynamic craniosacral therapy. He completed his Masters Degree in Therapeutic Bodywork with a thesis exploring the importance of listening in therapy - whether to the psychological or to the physical organisation of the patient.
He has worked as a therapist since 1992 and has been teaching Thai Massage since 1996. His abiding interest both as a therapist and as a teacher is in the power of deep relaxation and the therapeutic skills required to achieve this state in the patient.