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Thai Acupressure – Massage Guide

WELCOME

Thai acupressure is the physiotherapy
of Thailand. It is widely practiced
in Thailand but less known among
most non-Thais.
The Thais call it Nuat Rak saa,
meaning: massage to take care.

At the bottom of the right
column (on my face book wall)
you can watch an introduction video
to Thai Acupressure together with
a Tennis elbow class.
Its the first out of 60 protocols
in a video course that will be
released in 2015.

The video explains and demonstrates this ancient
medical system by showing the
common procedures of an actual
treatment session. This upcoming video course
is made as a supplement for those who are using my
step-by-step massage guide book in their massage practice.

Unlike general Thai massage for the whole body, Thai medical acupressure treatment routines are based on traditional combinations or formulas of therapy points which may treat specific orthopedic disorders. These treatment routines are simple to learn and use.

I hope to make this unique method accessible to any massage practitioner or student of manual therapy who wishes to treat his clients by working the therapy lines and acupressure points of the body.

THE POWER OF THAI ACUPRESSURE

An important aspect of treating an orthopedic pain is the proper identification of certain lines and points. Each orthopedic condition is manifested by a unique set of lines and points that are in a state of imbalance and need to be treated. Correctly identifying the proper set of points is the key for determining a treatment for that condition.

You and your client need to locate the correct points for each condition, and knowing these points is a crucial aspect of healing.

Thai practitioners who are very experienced and sensitive may easily identify all of the relevant points for a perfect treatment. With the knowledge of ready-made point combinations, A Thai Master is not needed! You are the Master. This knowledge will guide you straight to the points that are in a state of excess or deficiency. When your diagnosis is right, your treatments will often yield clear and lasting therapeutic results.

Thai Healing Alliance

This diagram shows a combination (formula) of ten therapy points used to treat a very common neck pain. (Routine 9, page 58 in the book). Thumb press points 1 through 10 . Press each point for 10 to 15 seconds. Repeat thumbing the points as long as improvement occurs, up to ten repetitions. Stop working if the points become sensitive. Use the amount of pressure that suits your client. Treat daily until recovery. In chronic non-acute conditions, treat twice a week.

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3rd back-11(GB-20)

below the occipital line in the depression between the trapezius and SCM • 4 fingers lateral to the median line and above C-1 • press towards the center of the neck, while holding the forehead with the other hand

1
3rd back-22

2 fingers below the occipital line in the depression between the trapezius and SCM • press towards the center of the neck, while holding the forehead with the other hand

2
3rd back-33

4 fingers below the occipital line in the depression between the trapezius and SCM • 1/2-way from the occiput to c-7

3
3rd back-44

4 fingers lateral to the edge of the spinous process of C-6 • at the curve of the neck, on the anterior edge of the trapezius • press 45° inwards and downwards towards C-7

4
3rd back-55

on the top edge of the trapezius • level with the medial border of the scapula, directly above Scapula-3 • a stiff and tender point, press downwards cautiously

5
3rd back-66(GB-21)

on the top edge of the trapezius, 1/2-way from the median line to the acromion • directly above Scapula-1 • a stiff and tender point, press downwards cautiously

6
3rd back-77

on the top edge of the trapezius, just medial to the shoulder joint • press downwards on the supraspinatus tendon

7
2nd back-68(Ding chuan)

1 finger lateral to the spinous process of C-7 • on the highest point of the paraspinal muscles • press forward and 45°downward

8
2nd back-89

1 finger lateral to the spinous process of T-2 • level with the upper angle of the scapula • on the highest point of the paraspinal muscles • press forward and 45° downward

9
Scapula-310(SI-14)

upper angle of the scapula • run your fingertipup along the medial border of the scapula until it turns lateral and disappears under the levator scapula, press on that spot, not letting the muscle slip sideways • this is a stiff and very sensitive point that radiates sensations in all directions including to the head

10
"Neck pain while turning the head"
Sample Traditional Points Combination
Diagram and video: