Nowadays, more and more people are turning to various forms of massage therapy to alleviate bodily tension and gain relief from stress. One of the most popular massage types individuals are flocking to is Thai Massage.
In order for one to be able to better appreciate this particular approach, it is crucial that one understands what it is. This entails possessing basic and vital information such as a brief account of its origin, the techniques employed, and its perceived benefits – all of which are detailed in the succeeding paragraphs.
There is general consensus as to the beginnings of Thai massage. It is said that this form of therapy was founded less than 3,000 years back by no other than the physician of the Buddha – Shivago Komarpaj / Jivaka Kumarbhacca (citing Buddhist Canon documents). Of course, this is a simplistic way of putting it, as there is more to the story than a single founder. Sources indicate that Kumharbhacca was a renowned practitioner of the Ayurvedic healing method, and became the head doctor in a community of monks and Buddhist followers. His travels led him to an appreciation of Chinese traditional medicine – something which he combined with Ayurvedic healing techniques when he arrived at Thailand, which was the junction for trade between India and countries in the Far East. He then formulated what were to be the four elements of traditional Thai medicine: herbal medicine, spiritual practice, nutritional medicine, and Thai massage or Nuad Bo’Rarn.
How It is Done
Thai massage is very different from the Western concept of massage. First and foremost, no lotions or oils are used; this is very different from how most Westerners perceive a massage to be. How so? More often than not an aromatic oil or lotion of some sort is used in most forms of massage therapy that have become prevalent in Western countries. Aside from this, the recipient of the massage is fully clothed (although in most cases he/she changes into more comfortable, loose clothing) and lies on a mat on the floor. Another difference lies in the fact that practitioners of the said massage employ more than just their hands – the forearms, knees, and feet are likewise utilized.
In Thai massage, rhythmic pressure is applied to specific points in the body – called Sen lines – which are similar in position to the Indian energy channels or nadis. The recipient is likewise assisted by the practitioner in performing various yoga positions, which resulted in this type of massage being alternately called “Thai Yoga Massage”. Stretching is likewise a crucial element.
Benefits of the Massage
As mentioned in the first paragraph, individuals frequent a spa house almost always because they want relief from stress. A Thai massage, though, has more to offer than the generic list of benefits one can get from other forms of massage therapy.
When done correctly, a Thai massage session can open the way for self-healing not only for the recipient but also for the massage practitioner. This is because the higher purpose of this branch of Thai medicine is to induce harmony and/or balance between the mind, body, and spirit.