By Anthony B. Sen is the Thai word for line. It is the same concept as Prana Nadi used in Yogic terminology and the terms are interchangeable. The Sanskrit word Nadi means stream or movement. Sip Sen are thought to be energetic pathways of the life giving breath in the body. The oldest traditional yogic texts are reputed to make reference to the existence of , lines. As recently as two thousand years ago certain references alluded to as many as 72, of these lines.
There is an ancient story of five blind men who are trying to find out what an elephant looks like. One blind man touches the legs, and proclaims that an elephant is like a big tree. The second man touches the tail and finds that an elephant resembles a thick rope. The third man touches the belly and thinks that an elephant looks like a big barrel. The fourth man touches the trunk and decides that an elephant is like a huge snake. The fifth man touches the ears and proclaims that an elephant looks like a gigantic leaf. The point of this analogy is that the human energy is such a vast subject that none of us can know every single aspect of it. As long as our perception is limited by our five senses, we cannot possibly understand the totality of energy Ask any quantum physicist for confirmation. In other words, nobody knows it all, but many therapists know one or several ways to improve, balance, or unblock energy, and they all differ a bit.
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The sen lines are conduits-they are able to connect and move substances and sensations from one place to another. The sen are pathways for prana to flow. The sen can also be viewed as rivers of energy, with the major and minor chakras, or energy centers, acting like whirlpools in the river. The 7 major chakras are situated along the centerline or Sen Sumana, while minor chakras are all over the body. Thai massage pressure points are minor chakras. Acupressure and acupuncture points can also be viewed as minor chakras.
These invisible canals or pathways run through our bodies and distribute vital life-energy, called Prana, Wind, Lom Pran , Chi, or Universal Energy. With Thai Massage we learn their trajectories, and we learn how to manipulate and unblock them — with pressure, acupressure, rocking, with stretches, and with Yoga poses, to name some of the most commonly used techniques. Traditional Thai Massage recognizes ten main energy lines, although these ten lines also branch into many extensions and sub-lines, said to be a total of 72, pathways. In this article we give an overview of the trajectories of the ten principal Thai Sen Lines and their respective therapeutic indications, roles and purpose in our bodies. Mind that, depending on the Thai Massage lineage, there are some disparities about the routes these Sen Lines take in our bodies. In this article we have primarily followed the outcome of research done by the two well-known Thai Massage instructors Asokananda Harald Brust and Kam Thye Chow. Rest to say that in Thailand the Sib Sen Lines may also carry different names depending on the Thai Massage school, teacher or lineage.