School of Thai Healing Arts
Featured technique 01: Rhomboid press with arm lever
This elegant move is used to help release tension between the scapulas (shoulder blades) and open up the shoulder and upper chest area.
How to perform it (as shown):
1. Sit behind your client with your right knee close to the client’s left gluteus, your left knee at 90°, your body facing diagonally between them.
2. Take a hold of your client’s left arm and abduct it until the elbow joint is level with the ear (if possible, otherwise abduct only as far is comfortable for the client)
3. Interlock the fingers of your right hand with the fingers of your client’s left hand and gently pull her hand towards you
4. With your left hand maintain contact with the Client’s elbow keeping it in line with the shoulder, do not allow it to move laterally , as this will cause the medial movement of the scapular, closing the space between it and the spinal column)
5. Place your right elbow onto the Rhomboid muscles between the right shoulder blade and the spine
(Do NOT touch the spine!)
6. Simultaneously pull the elbow towards you as you make a supero-anterior move over the rhomboid muscles (push the elbow into and up along the rhomboid muscles). This action is achieved by a leaning of body weight rather than a muscular push of the arm muscles.
7. Repeat for the length of the inner edge of the scapular
8. Initially perform this move 3 times on the Client’s out breath, then, maintaining the shoulder extension, 3 times on the in breath (this joins the chest cavity expansion created by the in breath with the stretching of the shoulder muscles pectoralis major and minor, Teres major and minor, Lattissimus dorsi, Triceps, posterior deltoids, it also increases the intra-vertebral distance, opening up the upper thoracic spine which is further helped by the upwards movement of your elbow )
Effect: Opens the Thoracic Cavity, releases shoulder tightness, frees up breathing, straightens Thoracic spine
Variations: You can slide the elbow slowly up and down along the rhomboids,
Use gentle pressure and work with the Client’s breathing. This is an advanced move and may require preparatory work to relax the shoulder
Do not perform if Client has pain in this area, you could make it worse!
Nuad bo Ruan helps in the unblocking of energy in the person, it is not a substitute for medical treatment, if in doubt refer your client to a qualified medical practitioner.
This is for information only, do not attempt to practice this move without prior instruction. Sawa’dee