Traditional Thai Massage is a unique form of bodywork, combining acupressure massage with breathing techniques, gentile stretches and the postures of applied yoga. Like most Eastern healing arts, Thai massage works on a system of energy lines, known as ‘sen’. The vital life force flows through these invisible channels or lines. Any imbalances or blockages in the lines reflect on our health and well-being. Rather than lying still, Thai massage is performed by therapist greater freedom of movement and controlled use of their body weight, incorporating yoga, acupressure and reflexology along with its own techniques of gentile rocking, deep stretching and compression.
Traditional Thai Massage Health Benefits
A traditional Thai massage will take every body joint through its full range of movements. It would stretch every muscle in the most ingenious, imaginative ways, using the therapist’s hands, elbows, forearms, feet and knees. Energy lines will be opened and unblocked throughout the body, easing everyday problems such as back pain, stiff necks, headaches, and general tension, leaving you relaxed and revitalized. The result of a full-body Thai massage session is often an exciting and powerful mind and body experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to greater states of physical and mental well-being. Performed within traditional Thai teaching, traditional Thai massage session can be a powerful tool for personal, physical and spiritual maintenance and transformation.
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:
- reduces stress
- improves circulation
- increases energy
- increases flexibility
- improves range of motion
- centers the mind and body
Traditional Thai Massage origin
The healing art known as Nuad Boran (ancient massage) began to evolve well over two thousand years ago in present day Thailand. What is today called traditional Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure and energy balancing techniques, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. The founding father of traditional Thai massage is an Ayurvedic doctor named Jivaka Kumar Bhacca,
who is revered to this day throughout Thailand as the Father of Medicine. Born in India during the time of the Buddha, he is mentioned in a variety of ancient documents for his extraordinary medical skills, for his knowledge of herbal medicine, and for having treated important people of his day, including the Buddha himself.