Starts two finger width a little to right under the navel, run downward to exit at the sexual organ and the urethra.
TRACING SEN SIB
The Sen Sib diagrams in this book will trace the lines according to all three sources. Therefore, the lines will cover as completely as they should be. Since, some sources may not designate one area while another trace through the missing part, the difference location will be as in Line 4 during King Rama V and Rama II; Line 5 and 6 during King Rama II.
BENEFITS OF THAI MASSAGE
Holistic Benefits of Thai Massage
Thai massage improves bonding within the family. It has been custom within the tradition thai children massage the elders, and the elders help each other when there is need to soothe and relieve body aches and pains. Human touching increases the sense of love and caring between giver and receiver. This is an altemate method of showing their love to one another since Thais are neither used to, nor comfortable with derect expressions of love and affection by overt touching
2. Health Care
Thai massage helps maintain and wellness in the receiver of massage. It is and ancient tool employed to combat common ailments, increase the effectiveness of the body movement and benefit physiological system. Thai massage also results in longevity due to a strengthening of the body’s immune systems and balanced life energy.
Thai massage techniques prepare the body to ward off bed sores (pressure wounds occurring when a patient lies in one position too long), muscle weakness, headaches, dysmenorrheal (menstrual cramps), constipation, indigestion, stress, and other conditions.
Thai massage may also be able to relieve pain, sprains and inflammation of muscles, tendon, joints, as well as reduce stiffness of joints, increase muscle strength and improve mobility.
Thai massage is used as a mean to stimulate paralyzed muscles to help improve circulation and function and to maintain muscle strength. It also has been effectively applied in the rehabilitation for handicapped children as the practice at the Center for Handicap Children in Bangkok. The center trains parents of the handicap themselves improves quickly with Thai massage. This may due to the therapeutic effects of human touching combined with massage effect to life energy. Some children are able to sit up and some even are able to feed themselves after receiving on-going Thai massage.
BENEFITS TO BODY, MIND AND SPIRIT
Thai massage application by using direct presure on muscle over most part of the body with combination of stretching to further stimulate musculoskeletal system which including joints, bones, nerves, ligament, lymphatic system create benefit to all five physiological body systems.
Benefit to five physiological systems
1. Circulation system. Lmproves blood circulation, lower heart rate, elevates temperature of massage area, increases lymphatic circulation, reduces edema (swelling).
2. Musculoskeletal system: lmproves muscle strength and effectiveness, relieves muscle tension, removes toxins from muscle mass, relaxes tendon and enhances elasticity, increases joint mobility and flexibility, and reduces stiffness.
3. Nerous system: Stimulates and improves activity of nerve and sensation with effects of reducing pain, enhancing sensation to the skin, and improved function of internal organs such as stomach, intestine etc.
4. Respiratory system: lmproves depth of breathing and relaxation.
5. Digestive system: Increases elasticity of digestive tract and stomach movement, prevents and relieves indigestion.
For the mind, Thai massage offers the receiver the most renowned effect of total relaxation thus reducing stress of daily tasks or a hectic environment. On some receptive receivers, this highly positive stress-relief effect may go beyond the present and penetrate into deep, past emotional scars and help release them.
As to the spiritual to the receiver, Thai massage based on the element of life and sen sib (life energy), has a tremendous positive impact on the spirit when the giver also concentrates on the energy flow while giving massage. When pressure is applied to each point to awaken the energy through Sen Sib, coupled with gentle, smooth movement during the transition of each sequence, combined with the union of breath between giver and a receptive, such sacred harmonious union will bring the giver and receiver close to a tranquil meditative state and become one.
CONTRAINDICATIONS IN THAI MASSAGE
Thai massage is safe when performed with adequate knowledge of the receiver’s physical condition. Physical disorders vary from one’s body system to another’s and the effects on the receiver depend on the massage position as well.
The practice section of this book provides cautionary notes for particular positions and should be followed strictly. Here are some guidelines to consider conditions which necessitate refraining from administreing Thai massage or proceed with caution should these symptoms occur.
1. Injury or inflammation of muscle
Reduce the discomfort by apply cold compress to acute injury which is red and warm to the touch part.
DO NOT MASSAGE THE AREA.
Apply not compress or herbal ball to the area of the chronic injury to soften and reduce tension. Massage with caution.
2. Bone fracture or joint dislocation
Perform first aid if possible on acute injury and refer to physician.
DO NOT MASSAGE THE AREA.
With permission from caring physician, during healing process, massage with caution.
3. Fever from any causes
DO NOT GIVE MASSAGE.
If the body is aching from muscle inflammation, massage will exacerbate the inflammation. It may also spread infection if the cause of inflammation is bacteria.
However, giver may gently massage hands, face and head to relax and offer relief and support to receiver.
4. Varicose veins (enlarged veins)
DO NOT MASSAGE THE ENLARGED VEIN.
The pressure of massage may dislodge any clots in the vein and cause obstruction to heart and/or brain.
5. Contagious skin disease
DO NOT MASSAGE AFFECTED AREA.
The disease may be spread to other parts of the body and contacted by the giver. Massaging non-affected skin area is possible but giver must avoid the area of the rash.
6. Drug and/or alcohol intoxication
DO NOT MASSAGE.
Massage may worsen the intoxicating agent’s effect and give rise to risk of uncontrollable behavior by the intoxicated person.
Massage allowed with approval from attending physician; avoid site of tumor and sensitives surrounding ares. Reduce pressure to half of normal pressure. Do not apply pressure to lymph nodes and observe the contraindication positons indicated in the practice section of this book. Experience in massage is needed.
8. III health such as non-severe heart condition, diabetes, high blood pressure, stoke, and chronic illness conditions. Apply special techniques with caution as indicated in the practice section of this book.
9. Woman during pregnancy and menstruation cycle
Apply techniques with caution as indicated in the practice section of this book. Massage pregnant woman needs additional special training.
10. When receiver is very hungry offer light snack and tea before massage. If too full, avoid positions which may cause discomfort such as face down and refrain from abdominal massage.
Note: Do not exert pressure beyond receiver’s comfort tolerance. Giver much not play a role of “medical physician”. Always refer receiver to seek professional health care advice when appropriate.
METHODS & MECHANICS
When the client arrives for the first time, make an extra effort to help them feel comfortable. They may be unfamiliar with Thai Massage and nervous because they don’t know what to expect. Have a health intake form ready for them to fill out. When they complete the intake, look it over and ask them to talk about what they have written on the form. Take close note of injuries, medications, blood pressure, varicose veins and complaints. Ask more questions if you need more information. If you are unsure about something that tooks serious to you, make a call, look in a book or refer them to a Medical Doctor. Always err on the side of caution.
It is important to begin each session by first seeing the beauty and innate good in the client. It is easy as body workers to hear the client’s complants and to search out what is “wrong” and why. I believe if we first see what is beautiful, we can help the client to enhance their beauty, then organically the pain or what some might think of as “ugly” will decrease. We are not here to “fix” the client; we are here to assist them in their own healing process. This occurs when they are ready, not when you, the practitioner, are ready . We must work with patience, love and mindfulness.
Get your own body comfortable by slowing down your breath, relaxing your shoulders and jaw, and emptying your mind. Begin the session slowly and work with a rhythm that feets comfortable for both you and the client. Some sensions may be very slow and methodical while others may be more vigorous; with practice you will get a sense of the clicnt’s needs and develop a rhythm that works for both of you. Let the client know from the get-go that feedback about pressure, comfort and discomfort are welcome and encouraged.
I will always remember what one of my teachers, Avishai, taught me to say to myself when performing body work: “Thank you for allowing me to use Breema Bodywork, a similar yet different modality, that has fed my study of Thai Massage deeply. The principles in Breema are: Let the body move naturally, use the whole body, maintain physical connection throughout treatment, lean with relaxed, natural body weight, let your instinct determine pressure, deepen and release gradually, allow pressure to be firm yet gentle and remember all treatments are based in non-judgement. These principles are nice guidelines for living a spiritual life. We can choose to let our bodywork exchanges be a natural extension of our spiritual life, thus, a good reason to continue to develop our own personal practice (yoga, tai-chi, mindfulness, meditation, exercise, prayer….etc).
Mechanically speaking, again, we want to make sure as givers that we are comfortable. We work with a rocking motion that helps us to conserve our energy. Even if we are holding a placement in one of our moves, the current is still flowing. We always make sure that we are taking care of ourselves by moving without great effort. Also, it is important to always move from our center, known by the Chinese as the Tan-Tien and the Japanese as the Hara (located about three inches below the navel). Always check with straight arms when applying deep pressure or weight. Always check alignment and assess whether you are comfortable while performing a move. If not, take a moment to adjust yourself so that you are. Remember to lean into the client’s body to create depth and pressure rather than use strength to create it. When using the thumbs, use the ball of the thumb rather than the tip. You may stack thumbs or experiment with elbows, heels and knees if your thumbs are tired of stressed. Check your own shoulders, are they relaxed? Are you breathing? Is your client breathing? Are they breathing deeply? Sometimes just by you deepening your own breath, the client will deepen theirs…again a symbiotic relationship occurs. We will go over body mechanics throughout the training in relation to specific moves.
The Sen, the energetic pathways in the body, origiante deep in the abdomen. It is always best to ask the client if it’s okay to work on / touch their belly; you may do this prior to the session, or just before moving to begin abdomen work. Not all sessions require abdominal work. As we work on the rest of the body, stretching and applying compression to the Sen, we actually facillitate movement of energy in the organs and tissue of the belly. A complete Thai massage session moves energy and Wind (Lom). This is the same energy called Prana in Ayurveda and Chi in Chinese Medicine.