History of Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage also called “Nuad Bo-Rarn”, is one of the oldest forms of developed medicine. It has been taught and practiced in Thailand for over 2,500 years. According to folklore, this ancient practice originated in India thousand years ago. Thai Massage is believed to have come from Jivaka Komarabhacca, who is still referred to as the “Father Doctor”. He was a Physician, friend, and Contemporary of Lord Buddha.
The practice of Thai Massage
The Thai Massage form of body therapy includes therapeutic stretching, joint mobilization, rhythmic deep-tissue compression, toning of energy lines, acupressure, assisted hath yoga poses, mindfulness, and loving-kindness meditation. Due to the unique form of stretching employed, Thai Massage is sometimes called “lazy man’s yoga”. The practitioner can direct the intensity of the stretching and pressure points for a much deeper result than one practicing yoga on their own would be able to achieve. Movements are flowing and harmonious, creating a deeply soothing yet energizing effect for both the giver and receiver. It is practiced on a firm mat on the floor. It involves peripheral stimulation, acting as an external stimulant to produce specific, internal effects. The effective use of the practitioner’s body weight is instrumental in the practice. Except for the feet, the client remains fully clothed.
One of the key features of a Traditional Thai Massage is the blocking and releasing of blood flow, also known as Trigger point therapy. The Masseuse they apply sustained pressure – around 30 seconds – during the massage where your legs and arms meet the torso. This pressure is then released and you will feel your limbs suddenly feel a rush of heat as blood floods back in. This is a real circulation booster and although it feels a bit weird it is quite exciting as it’s so different from anything you usually feel
- Facilitates relaxation
- Heightens awareness
- Frees blockages in energy flow
- Invigorates the nervous system
- Relieves pain and muscle tension
- Increases ability to absorb nutrition
- Strengthens and rejuvenates the body
- Improves circulation of blood and lymph
- Increases flexibility (passive yoga postures)
- Gives a general feeling of well-being assisting in balancing body, mind, and spirit.
- Enhances elimination of wastes and toxic debris from physical, mental, and emotional strain.
Thai massage can be particularly helpful in relieving:
Headaches, migraines, arthritis, whiplash pain, paralysis, numbness, sciatica, back pain, and other conditions.
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