Thai Massage, the traditional form of massage therapy used in Thailand is rapidly becoming a popular form of massage in the most countries. Thai massage is done in deeply relaxing style, on a mat on the floor rather than a massage table.
Thai Massage, called Nuad Phaen Boran, or Ancient Massage in Thailand originates from the time of Buddha. At the time Buddhism arrived in Thailand around the 3rd or 2nd century BC, temples were built adjacent to medical centers as an integral part of the religious system. There is where Thai Massage including other healing methods were taught and and were applied in the monks and within the family, passed down orally from teacher to the learners.
Generally Thai Massage is done in loose comfortable clothing on a mat or pad on the floor. Techniques similar to Shiatsu and Acupressure Massage are used along with passive stretches. Often given the name Yoga massage because much of the treatment is focused on stretching the entire body, as is yoga. Similarly to Shiatsu, acupressure and yoga, the clients core energy is stimulated and rebalanced, enhancing greater health and well being.
The focus of this kind of massage is to align the misaligned energies of the body. Contrary to western style massage, this massage stresses circulation and pressure points thus enhancing internal health as well as muscular flexibility. These massage and Western involves peripheral stimulation Western massage. That is acts as an external source of stimulation to create specific internal effects inside the body.
In Thai Massage, the massage therapist will make use of their hands, elbows, knees, and feet to apply different pressures to the energy lines, also known as sen, along the body. These energy lines are considered the keys to a happy and healthy lifestyle. If an energy line becomes occluded, or blocked, the client can suffer a range of sicknesses that include chronic pain, disease, and potentially death.
In this kind of massage, there are more than 70,000 energy lines inside the human body. However, less than ten take priority over the rest. Perfect harmony and health within the body can only be achieved by the freedom of energy that flows through all the energy lines.
This ancient massage is practiced on a firm mat on the floor in place of a massage table. The massage therapist will only use her body weight to apply various pressures to the energy lines. In this particular kind of massage, the client normally remains clothed with the exception of their feet.
The pressure applied in this massage varies with each massage therapist. Thai massage may be harder on people than what they are accustomed to as compare to western massage. It can be too strenuous on the client. The last thing a client would want to do is tense up in order to guard himself against the pressure of the therapist’s strokes. This can damage the client’s muscles and cause unnecessary strain. Thai massage works effective when the client is fully relax and allows the therapist to freely manipulate the client’s extremities to promote blood and lymph flow and also to promote the removal of blocked energy lines.