The Art of Ancient Thai Massage

Believed to be one of the most distinctive methods of massage therapy, Thai massage is both an extraordinary and satisfying experience.

A brief History

Brought to Thailand for more than 2,500 years ago, this type of massage therapy uses a combination of Ancient Chinese and Ancient Indian system of medicine. In the early years of its development, Thai massage was practiced mostly by monks as part of their daily healthy lifestyle. This is believed to be a combination of three vital methods of therapeutic massage that are separately known as Yoga, Shiatsu and the massage method of acupressure.

How Thai Massage Works

Thai massage works on removing blocked metabolic wastes on the sen pathways or energy line all over the body. In this manner, the body will be much healthier as it will withstand any form of disease that will attack the immune system. An imbalanced sen in an individual’s body means that it is unhealthy and needs to be realigned in order to regain its natural state.

Thai massage has many various applications unlike most of the common massage methods that are limited to few massage strokes. That is why learning Thai massage requires the student to dedicate more time on studying books that will help them familiarize all of the techniques used on this massage therapy style. Reading books or gathering information through the internet is a good way to start your Thai massages learning. The students must familiarize the human anatomy and the meridian points through diagram books before he or she can begin the actual practice on an individual.

There are many techniques and massage strokes to be studied and familiarize by the student. These include palm presses, thumb presses, thumb and palm circulation, rolling of joints, pulling, stretching and many more. Reflexology is also used as a part of the technique in Thai massage. It is believed that this technique aids in the complete healing of the human body though it is only focused on the points on the feet area. During a Thai massage, the masseuse begins working with the feet and gradually moving upward of the body till it finishes with the head. This is why the use of reflexology is ideal as it is believed to be the best method in dealing with meridian points located on our feet.

Stretching is also a part of Thai massage which closely resembles the Yoga technique. This is done to release tension and relax the body while meditating. This technique is believed to enhance the healing ability of the body as it relaxes all parts of the body after a good stretching. During the stretching process, the patient remains passive allowing the massage therapist to freely move his or her body to get the benefits out of the healing therapy. This therapy is done slowly and carefully by licensed and trained masseuse to avoid any injury to the patient’s body.
Thai massage requires more physical contact and gets a bit physical as compared to other types of massage therapy that is why it is not recommended for first timers although it is really up to them.

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