While there are thousands of techniques in the repertoire of Thai bodywork, they are simply a means to an end. Each therapist and each client represent a unique combination, and the therapist chooses techniques and variations based on what areas of the body and muscles are being targeted as well as considerations of ease and efficiency.
We teach principles of ease in bodywork, because a practitioner who works with effort and stress cannot be fully attentive to the messages and energy of the client's body. Our approach to teaching bodywork is guided by movement concepts from martial arts and yoga.
Clinical Thai Bodywork employs techniques from traditional Thai massage as well as other approaches as a means of facilitating change in the client's body. Our program is unique in that we explore each technique in detail as to muscular effects and movement across joints.
Working the Lateral Torso and Shoulder
The therapist stabilizes the client's arm over their leg while compressing the lateral border of the shoulder blade. This technique can relieve shoulder pain originating in the latissimus dorsi, serratus anterior and teres major muscles.
Knee Press the Glutes in Folded Leg Position
The folded leg position shortens the gluteal muscles. This pose compresses the piriformis and other glutes while also stretching the adductors. It is a very effective pose for piriformis syndrome, hip pain, sciatica and other complaints stemming from trigger points in the glutes and rotators of the hip.
Backbend with Feet on the Back Lines
In this pose, the therapist compresses the spinal erectors while leaning back to bring the client into an assisted backbend. The spinal erectors often limit extension by painfully contracting when they are asked to shorten. Pressure from the therapist's feet provides feedback to the shortening muscles and disables the normal pain reflex.
Foot Press the Posterior Leg - Locked Position
This is a very efficient and strong pose for the therapist, making it possible to lean back and use body weight to bring the client's leg into the foot pressure. A very effective technique for trigger points in the medial hamstrings and vastus medialis.
Elbow Press the Anterior Lower Leg while Shortening
As the therapist leans back, the anterior muscles of the leg are shortened. This is a very effective and powerful way to treat tibialis anterior and the long extensors of the foot. Shortening the muscles makes them more responsive to pressure and provides retraining so the muscles learn to shorten gracefully.