Traditional Thai Bodywork
Thai Bodywork gives the benefits of massage, yoga, and energy work in one session. It is an ancient healing art form practiced in Thailand.
The name in Thai language is Nuat Boran[noo-ut bo-rahn], but in America it is variously called “Thai Massage,” “Thai Yoga Massage,” “Traditional Thai Massage” or “Thai Bodywork.” Boran means “ancient” or “classical” and Nuat is often translated as “massage”, though it is not really “massage” as Americans think of it but a holistic bodywork.
Traditionally given on a floor mat with clients fully clothed, Thai bodywork is a whole-body treatment. It combines passive stretching and movement of joints with several touch techniques and work along energy meridians (called sen in Thai). The effect of Thai bodywork is greater flexibility, flow of energy, deep relaxation, and feeling of well being.
The art of Thai bodywork achieves a deep therapeutic effect without harsh physical force through efficient use of movement, conscious touch, breathing and rhythm. Since it is given on a floor mat with the client fully clothed, practitioners can use their whole body in leverage and interactive work as they move the client into various positions, apply rhythmic compression as well as cross-fiber stroking of muscle and tendons. The treatment can be vigorous or gentle depending on the need or preference of the client. Always respectful and caring, it is adjustable to suit most clients, young or not-so-young, athlete or spectator.
Clinical Thai Bodywork
Clinical Thai Bodywork is a modality created by Chuck Duff that blends the techniques of Thai yoga massage with accupoint and trigger point systems and a structural analysis of body function. CTB is highly effective in reducing or eliminating patterns of pain and restriction, often in cases that have failed conventional medical treatment. It combines compression, movement and stretch to retrain muscle fibers that have become dysfunctional and cause pain patterns in the body. CTB bridges the gulf between traditional Thai approaches and modern western clinical environments. The framework of CTB constitutes one of the most efficient and effective approaches available for orthopedic rehab, relief of chronic and acute pain, recovery from injury, and correction of myofascially-derived dysfunction.
Muscles Can Cause Severe Pain
While still relatively unknown to the medical establishment, medical researchers discovered many years ago that muscles can cause widespread pain symptoms and mimic conditions such as arthritis, muscle tears and tinnitus. Muscles can cause severe pain felt over and in joints. Studies show that pain from muscles can be as bad or even worse than pain injury or joint degeneration. Even in the presence of physical evidence (arthritic development, tears in the rotator cuff, labrum, meniscus, bulging or herniated discs and bone spurs) these findings, while they may lead to “diagnoses” are frequently not the primary source of pain.
Muscles are the Most Likely Cause
In fact, muscles are most often the primary source of these complaints. Dr. Janet Travell cited studies showing that over 80% of reported pain symptoms in clinics studied had myofascial origins (muscles and fascia). Not only do muscles cause pain, they also commonly produce other seemingly unrelated phenomena such as weakness, lack of coordination, and even vision problems and eye twitching.
Travell and Simons’ extensive medical writings established that trigger points, or stagnant areas in taut muscle fibers, are the source of literally hundreds of symptoms commonly assigned to injury or disease, or dismissed as “of unknown origin”.
The good news is that trigger points are easy to treat with an understanding of muscular function and a knowledge of where to look.
Neuromuscular Yoga Therapy & Corrective Exercise
In these sessions, the structural and neuromuscular causes of pain, dysfunction, and range of motion limitations are addressed through yoga asana and corrective exercise. A clinical assessment of range of motion and muscle function is the basis for building an effective therapeutic yoga practice. The Mighty Body Band is often used to add/subtract stability in asana and provide dynamic resistance and proprioceptive stimulation.