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What is Traditional Thai Massage?

 

Traditional Thai massage, also known as Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage, is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines and assisted yoga postures.

Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply. This traditional healing practice, called Nuad Bo Rarn in the Thai language, stands in sharp contrast to western massage therapies. In the Traditional Thai massage no oils or lotions are used.

During a treatment the recipient remains clothed and lies in loose comfortable attire on a futon on the floor. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension.

Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage

 

The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced.

The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.

Based on healing principles similar to those of other Eastern healing arts, the Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy in major pathways called sen. Energy lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow and restore balance and harmony.

The result of a full-body Thai treatment is often an exciting and powerful mind/body healing experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to heightened states of physical and spiritual well-being.

For many, traditional Thai massage is also a spiritual discipline in that it incorporates the Buddhist practices of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and deep level.

 

History of Traditional Thai Massage

 

Traditional Thai Massage has a long history with its earliest known roots not in Thailand but in India over 2000 years ago. The founder is believed to be Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha (known in Thailand as Dr. Shivago Komarpaj) who was a contempary of the Buddha and is regarded as the inspiration for the massage techniques. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha not only worked with massage but also with the healing power of herbs and minerals most likely akin to the Ayuvedic tradition.

His teachings are thought to have reached what is now Thailand in about the 2nd century B.C. It is not known if a type of massage existed in the area prior to that time, or how much Chinese accupuncture and accupressure have influenced the practice. Thai Massage was originally only practiced by monks as a part of Thai traditional medicine.

For centuries the practice was passed down orally, a tradition common to its Indian roots. What little text that existed was destroyed by Burmese invaders in 1767. The fragments that did survive were used to create the famous epigraphs at Wat Pho in Bangkok. Now there are many books and schools on Thai Massage.

Dr.Shivago Komarpaj

Benefits

 

Massage combined with deep stretching is excellent for relieving muscle tension. It helps open and repair joints and connective tissue. Thai Yoga Massage is very relaxing and meditative helping to center the mind and body. Some of the innumerable physical and mental benefits are:

 

Traditional Thai Massage
Physical benefits of Thai Massage
  • help detoxification of the body and boost immune system
  • increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure
  • good for muscle relaxation
  • increase flexibility in your muscles and overall mobility
  • improve breathing
  • improve posture, balance
  • correct body alignments and dissolves energy blockages
  • help arthritis and back pain
  • help tone the body
  • strengthen joints and fight diseases, including chronic joint problems

  • prevent illnesses and alleviates degenerative diseases
  • alleviate headaches and migraine
Mental benefits of Thai Massage
  • improve your outlook towards life
  • build an emotional balance
  • help with concentration and creativity
  • clear and calm your mind
  • reduce and relieve stress and anxiety
  • help boost inner energy levels

 

Traditional Thai Massage

 

Note:

  • A session lasts about 60, 90 or 120 minutes and takes on a place on a futon on the floor
  • Please bring or wear loose fitting clothing and clean socks, preferably cotton
  • It is not advisable to eat a heavy meal prior to the treatment
  • Drink plenty of water afterwards and avoid alcohol before and after treatment
  • If possible, minimize strenuous or stressful activities after a session

This massage is for everyone – of any size, weight, age, strength or flexibility.

Every treatment is tailored to suit each client’s individual needs so absolutely anyone can enjoy a full Thai Yoga Massage.

It can range from very gentle and relaxing to energetic and invigorating, depending on your needs and preferences which we will discuss prior to the massage along with any physical problems or issues to make sure that the treatment is applied safely.

I am a TTM practitioner and my aim is to promote your health, but I cannot replace a doctor or alternative practitioner. Medical therapies essential for your health should therefore not be interrupted, discontinued, postponed or cancelled in advance.