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Written by the UK’s leading teacher and practitioner Natasha de Grunwald, a pioneer of Thai massage and bodywork for 30 years.

Thai Massage Dissected is a book aimed at massage therapists, yoga teachers, physiotherapists, osteopaths and all manual therapists who want to expand their therapeutic approach and are curious to learn about the body from a Thai anatomy and dissection perspective.

Therapeutic Thai massage and bodywork is a rich and diverse modality, so much more than the stretching and deep tissue work for which it is known. The book provides a richly curated combination of tools, techniques and protocols that will enhance all practitioners’ skill sets. Natasha discusses the roots of this modality as Buddhist medicine, the five element system, the use of therapeutic herbs and Thai anatomy, whilst also writing about concepts such as proprioception and interoception. There is an additional chapter looking at traditional healthcare practices for women, informed by her time spent with village midwives on the Thai/Burmese border.

Natasha de Grunwald uses imagery from many hours spent in a cadaver lab to describe anatomical, textural layers and structures, bringing human form to life. She consolidates this with a therapeutic perspective on Thai medical theory and how Thai massage and bodywork can be carried out in a clinical setting.  This comes from her extensive research, studies and knowledge spanning over three decades.

About the Author/Foreword by Gil Hedley/Preface/ Acknowledgements/Introduction


Chapter 1     The Somatic Experience

Chapter 2     Proprioception, Interoception, and Touch Perception


Chapter 3     The Body, Nature, and Thai Anatomy

Chapter 4     Bodywork for the Element Types

Chapter 5     Core Element Constitution

Chapter 6     Physical Manifestations of Elements

Chapter 7     Dissection and Thai Anatomy

Chapter 8     The Five Textural Layers

Chapter 9     Thai Medicine: The Five Roots

Chapter 10    Sên and Channels

Chapter 11    The Causes of Imbalance

Chapter 12    Love Your Guts

Chapter 13    Disease Through the Layers

Chapter 14    Stretching and Movement

Chapter 15    Herbs, Compresses, and Infusions

Chapter 16    Energy, Life Force, Kwan, and Death


Chapter 17    The Art of Consultation

Chapter 18    How to Touch: A Therapeutic Approach

Chapter 19    Body Mechanics

Chapter 20    Physical Therapy Toolkit

Chapter 21    Putting It All Together

Chapter 22    Treatment Protocols

Chapter 23    The Therapeutic Pause

Chapter 24    Women’s Health Care, Pregnancy, and Postpartum

Chapter 25    Traditional Self-care for Practitioners






Additional information

Format Paperback, eBook
ISBN 978-1-913426-11-8
Edition No 1
Pages 262
Illustrations 93 full color drawings and photographs
Dimensions 246 X 189 mm
Status Published
Publication Date 11 May 2021

Author biography

Natasha de Grunwald first studied Thai Massage in 1990 in Thailand and has returned there to continue her studies more than 16 times since. She has travelled extensively, learning from teachers across the globe from New Zealand to New York to Serbia. Her pursuit for knowledge has led her to the Burmese borders to research with village midwives, to training with a Reusi (the Thai equivalent of a Shaman) and into a cadaver lab many times. Having had a busy private practice since 1990, and having worked at Great Ormond Street hospital at the very beginning of her career, throwing herself in at the deep end through massaging women whose young children were dying from AIDS, Natasha has always been a practitioner with great insight and a passion to transform lives through touch. In 2005 she opened London Institute of Thai Yoga Massage with a commitment to raising the standards and putting Thai bodywork on the map as a reputable physical therapy. She has since trained thousands of people from around the world and continues to do so offering the UK’s only 300-hour programme and as the only UK teacher of therapeutic Thai massage and bodywork.

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