This DVD by Chuck Duff, founder of Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage (http://www.thaimassageschool.net) provides in-depth coverage of the techniques of HandsFree Thai(tm), which allow the practitioner to work on large or heavily muscled clients in a way that is highly beneficial for the client and the practitioner. Commoner or rural style (Nuad Chaleisak) techniques allow the therapist to provide broad, deep pressure using feet, knees, shins and highly efficent body mechanics, avoiding stress on the hands or shoulders. Over 100 asana variations are taught as a 2 hour treatment sequence employing all treatment attitudes.
Thai massage has a long tradition of walking techniques, as do many other cultures. These techniques can be practiced without elaborate equipment such as ropes, bars or specially made treatment rooms. If the practitioner is developing balance, a simple object like a chair is sufficient to help maintain safe balance while on the client. We teach the student to be able to do this work with as little mechanical assistance as possible.
HandsFree Thai(tm) is an excellent way for the practitioner to safely work with athletes and other clients who require deeper pressure without endangering the hands, wrists and shoulders. As in all of our courses, we maintain a strong therapeutic focus in our teaching, guiding the student in how to work with specific issues of pain or dysfunction. We employ the principles of Clinical Thai Bodywork to teach the student patterns of pain and its origins while using HandsFree techniques.
Chuck Duff, Certified Instructor, is the producer and chief instructor in the highly regarded Thai Bodywork DVD Series, including Thai Massage: The Northern Style and Thai Massage: An Introduction for Mat and Table.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
This is one of the best massage DVD's I've purchased. The picture quality is excellent, the camera angles let you see the movement demonstrated clearly, the instructions are easy to follow and the pace is just right. This DVD is stock full of great information and well worth the price. This DVD has expanded the repetoire of moves I learned in Thailand, especially for my larger and more athletic clients that like deeper pressure. I have been incorporating many of the techniques in my Thai massage with great results.
The only thing I wished was different as I watched the video was that the person Chuck was working on was a larger person. It would have been nice to see how these techniques worked when the practitioner is smaller than the client or less flexible. Having said that, though, I appreciated that the student model was used in cases where it wasn't possible to show the technique on the original model. I wrote to Mr. Duff and he did explain that in the HandsFree...
I am from Holland, and I am a Shiatsu-therapist. I use already some barefoot technique in my treatments, but was looking for more. This dvd showes clearly some very useful en elegant techniques. I find Chuck Duff a very dedicated person who can explain and show these beautiful techniques in a very relaxed and clear way. I love the way he works from the core, which I learned too. in Japanese it is called Hara. You can tell he has a lot of experience and knowledge of the ancient arts. I can highly recommend this DVD!
I am also from the Netherlands. I received a lot of training in Thai massage in the nineties and had a Thai massage practice for some time. I had to discontinue my massage activities due to knee injury and RSI issues.
I was delighted to find a product focussing on hands free massage. I love how the spirit of Thai massage shines through in this instruction based dvd. Great work.
Although I can not perform all the moves there is so much to choose from. I can now practice Thai massage again, without hurting my own body.
I would highly recommend this product.
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