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We are one of the few Thai Massage Schools in the world that offer our Thai Massage course videos online for FREE. We do this because we know that our students will excel only once they go home and practice. To help you practice we offer almost all the techniques you will be or were taught in our courses online. While these techniques remain the same across most Thai Massage schools there are key differences in how we build tactile perception and postural analysis into the techniques of Thai Massage. If you are not a student of the School of Thai Massage but have learn these sequences in some other school we request you to at least apprise yourself of the basic contra-indications of Thai Massage before practicing and keep in mind the precautions you have been taught in your Thai Massage training.
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The SEN (Thai) / Nadis (Sanskrit) / channels is one of the most fundamental concepts in both Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage. Almost all poses (asanas) of Yoga or techniques of Thai Yoga Massage are based on either opening the blockages on these SENs/ Nadis or stretching them or contracting them. Therefore, it becomes necessary to understand what these channels are.
The SEN/ Nadis of Yoga and Thai Yoga Massage are derived from the Indian yogic system and often have similar sounding names. The word SEN in Thai is a generic word for “channel”, pathway, route, etc.. In many Thai Massage courses across the world these SEN are described as energy lines. This is an unnecessary mystification of a clearly anatomical system as they are often palpable and for a trained eye even visible.
In Thai massage, these SEN/ Nadis can be divided into gross and subtle channels.
Gross (physical)l Channels work with the following:
1. Bone, muscle, tendon, and ligaments. (Earth element)
2. Blood: however - Arterial or venous carrying nutrients and other glandular secretions (water/emotion) or Lymph
3. Nerve impulses (Fire)
Subtle Channels work with Mind/Intellect (Air) and Ether/Consciousness (Sky). These subtle channels, however, are not easy to palpate and can be accessed only once one has moved into advanced meditative practices.
A good rule of thumb to locate the SEN is to follow the valleys and peaks of the body. From an anatomical perspective, this signifies the space between two muscles or between muscle and bone. This space is filled with soft connective tissue called fascia formed from collagen proteins. The SEN can also travel over the center of the muscle belly that form toned peaks of the human musculature.
Modern Myo-fascial research now confirms that arteries, veins, and nerves travel to various parts of the body using the fascia as scaffolding and support. The fascia itself wraps the various body parts and provides them structural integrity and acts as a medium for force transmission and dispersion.
With this understanding, one can then observe that SEN form the space through which life flows (blood, lymph, nerves and bio mechanical force) in a body. When a blockage arises in the fascia due to adhesions, then the SEN is constricted and the flow of life impeded resulting in disease. Further, if a muscle gets tightened due to a trigger point then the resulting bulge in a muscle also can reduce the fascial space around it resulting in blocks.
If the issue persists or if the blockage is close to the internal organs of the body then it can impede nutrient supply and toxin elimination thus affecting the normal healthy functioning of organs.
All Thai Massage techniques work with removing these blockages by compression followed with stretching. In some other modalities of Thai like Tok Sen, a wooden hammer and mallet are used to create a vibration effect that loosens these blockages.
In the Thai system, there are 10 major SEN/ Nadis and may seem quite similar to Chinese meridians. However, from the yogic point of view, the actual numbers of SEN are 72000. In a good Thai Massage course, instructors should not only be able to explain this concept but must be able to guide students to palpate and discover blocks on the SEN. These blocks can be detected with a light hand as stiff points or hard knots in the soft tissue that are quite sensitive to pressure. Releasing these blocks is often signified by softening of such a point, a drop in sensitivity, a re-emergence of a pulse or pain radiating to a distal point.
We invite you to learn more about the SEN by browsing the articles listed below which contain charts, anatomy and application of the lines.
Anatomy videos for body-workers, Yoga Instructors and therapist to get out from the mumbo-jumbo energy talk and know what lies under the skin. The knowledge of anatomy is critical step in becoming a therapist. Many school of explain Thai Massage movements from a energetic point of view. Which basically means that they have no clue why they are doing what they are doing. To become a serious therapist you need to understand the reason why each exercise is done and what its anatomical effect is. This helps you design tailor made sequences for your client.
While there is no doubt that a well delivered Thai Massage helps to address many common pain issues however as Thai Massage Therapist we can also understand this pain from a anatomical point of view. Most chronic aches and pain have their origins within the musculo-skeletal sysetms which is interconnected with connective tissue matrix. The articles below delve into some of the common aches and pains and how to address them. Do read the articles on Trigger Point Therapy and the relation to Thai Massage. Our Basic and Intermediate courses work from a experiential point by helping you feel areas of trauma on your client and work out the most efficient and effective way to manage them.
One of the things every Thai Massage course must cover. Critical safety points and contra-indications to keep in mind before starting your Thai Massage session. These are an absolute must for any budding practitioner and should be crucial element in any Thai Massage training.