The tradition of Thai Massage dates back at least 5,000 years. Passive yogic postures and pressure are used ago release restriction and pain in the physical, energetic, and emotional bodies. As a result, we experience greater range of motion, enhanced energy, and deeper emotional peace. The passive nature of this movement form enables us to soften into and dissolve constriction and suffering that we hold in our bodies. In this sense, ‘giving in” is to flow more freely and deeply. However, it is not always easy to let go. It takes a great amount of endurance to hold our awareness open, as we enter the process of release from inner bondage. But in releasing, we are free to explore.
In technical terms, the practitioner of Clinical Thai Bodywork passively manipulates the clients’ body in traditional yogic postures, while using Trigger Point Pain Pattern techniques, along with contract and stretch methods (Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Function: PNF) Trigger Points are knots in the muscular fibers that cause nerve referral pain in other parts of the body. Pressure on these knots and clusters of knots releases restriction, restores the muscle fiber to it’s smooth and original length and function, and alleviates referral pain. PNF, or contract and stretch techniques, use resistance to create isometric contraction in the targeted muscle group in order to facilitate greater length and range of motion. The purpose of combining these three techniques is to re-establish pain-free ease of motion in the body. This ingenious work has been originated by Chuck Duff, the President and director of Thai Bodywork, in Chicago, ILL.