|The traditional healing massage of Thailand (commonly known as
Thai massage) originated in India during the Buddha’s lifetime,
over 2500 years ago. As Buddhism spread from India, so did this
form of healing massage. Monks in Thailand originally used this
therapy as one element of their healing practices, which
consisted of dietary advice, the use of herbs, meditation, and
what we now call Thai massage. This form of massage involves
manipulation using stretching techniques and gentle pressure
along the meridians or energy lines of the body.
Thai massage helps to relieve tension within the body and can be
effectively used for pain relief. It improves the function of the
lymph glands and blood circulation, balances the nervous system
and clears out blocked and stagnant energy. It is appropriate for a
range of muscular skeletal problems including back, neck,
shoulder, hip and leg pain
This form of massage is especially good for releasing stress and
tension, and encouraging relaxation of both mind and body.
Clients report that Thai massage is wonderfully soothing and
relaxing and leaves them feeling energised, refreshed and with a
deep sense of well-being.
Thai massage is carried out on a mat or thin mattress, which is
laid out on the floor. The therapist uses both their hands and feet
to apply pressure to the client’s fully-clothed body and to carry
out a range of gentle stretching movements.
The therapist focuses on the client’s energy lines (which, in this
therapy are called shen), with the aim of unblocking stagnant and
trapped energy, stimulating specific energy points and
encouraging the body’s own life force (or chi) to flow freely and
easily. Thai massage is normally carried out in silence as, for the
therapist, the giving of the massage is an important meditative
and spiritual practice.
During the massage the client, whilst being manipulated gently
and respectfully, is given the opportunity to look within and focus
on the healing experience. A Thai massage can last for up to two
hours and clients are advised to wear loose, comfortable clothes
Thai massage is suitable for everyone, including the very young
and the very elderly. However, it should be avoided if you have
osteoporosis or very brittle bones; spinal fusions or artificial hip,
knee or elbow joints; phlebitis, haemophilia or lymphatic cancer.
If you have high blood pressure or heart problems.
The aim of Thai massage is to release toxins and waste materials
from the joints, muscles and connective tissue, and stimulate
internal organs by gentle pressure on specific energy points.
Thai Massage .Imagine your space outfitted with a single mat
accompanied by soft music emanating from a stereo in the
corner. You are lying on the mat, dressed in loose clothing, while
your spa therapist kneels in front of you and begins to carefully
stretch your body. Over the course of the session, your body is
strategically stretched, lengthened and molded into several
positions. Your only job is to breathe. Sound relaxing? It is, but
relaxation is just one of the many benefits
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