Health issues with the Thai Sib Sen Energy Lines can be divided up into injuries (breakages) and obstructions (blockages). Let’s take a look at the differences:
Injuries and Breakage
Sen Lines may get injured and “break” because of muscle and tendon strains, nerve damage, bruises, and bone damages. In most cases these breakages are caused by external events or accidents that lead to an injury.
An injured or broken Sen Line causes energy to “leak,” which will create pains in the surrounding tissue. Typically, one will notice swellings, inflammations, redness, and sensitivity in the immediate area.
Treatment of Sen breakages are of a “cold” nature, which means that injuries are treated with, for instance, ice packs or cold herbal compresses. Furthermore, a therapist will never manipulate the injured area of the Sen directly, but only the surrounding (healthy) area, that is, the parts of the Sen that are still functioning, trying to lead surplus energy away from the location.
When swelling and inflammation subside, the Sen Line injury can then be further treated as a Sen blockage or obstruction (see discussion here below).
Obstructions and Blockage
Sen Line obstructions or blockages are the Sib Sen Line problems therapists more commonly deal with. Obstructed Sen may show or feel as muscle contraction and tension, knots and tangles, tendonitis, stiffness, hardness, sensitivity, soaring pains, weakness and numbness or even total dysfunction of an area in the body.
Causes of blockages are usually chronic circumstances, such as fatigue, stress, bad posture, repetitive strains, or old injuries, but also unhealthy food or living in an unfavorable external environment.
In Sen theory, blockages are seen as hindrances of Prana Life Energy distribution to the organs, limbs, and other tissues. As a rule, the area of the Sen obstruction is treated directly with “hot treatments” on the problematic location with acupressure, pressure, rubbing, hot herbal compresses, and with hot baths, and such.
Like with Sib Sen injuries, the goal of the treatment is to lead surplus (blocked) energy — in Thai Massage also addressed as excess Wind or Lom — away from the location, spreading it through the Sen and making the energy “flow.”