Thai massage is known as a healing art as recipients have reported improvements in many ailments. It is a full-body treatment, starting from the head and progressing down to the feet.
Thai massage has a long history, dating back more than 2,500 years. In ancient times, Thai massage was only available at “wat” or temples. It is similar to Japanese shaitsu as the pressure points are based on “Sen” or invisible energy lines that are similar to Chinese meridian. It also shares certain similarities to yoga as there is considerable body and limb stretches. Thai massage promotes circulation of life energy throughout the whole body by stretching and opening the joints, the muscles and the “Sen” lines.Thai massage differs from other massage as the client is fully clothed and lying on a hard mattress on the floor. Oils are not used. The Thai masseuse uses her hands, thumbs, elbow, feet and knees. The manipulations include rhythmic stretching, kneading, and pressure from sitting and standing. So expect her to climb all over you and even walk on your back. Sometimes, there may a crack sound as your joint is manipulated but don’t be alarmed. You may be asked to coordinate your breathing to the stretches and kneading. You will also be asked to give feedback as whether the pressure is too hard to soft.Generally, most people experience a feeling of “wholeness” after a Thai massage session. There is also a feeling of harmony from the mental, spiritual and physical aspects. Among the benefits are:
• Helps detoxify the body and boosts immune system
• Improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure
• Improves stamina and endurance
• Relaxes the muscles and increases their flexibility
• Improves breathing• Improves posture, balance and corrects body alignments
• Relieves back pain
• Relieves joint problems and helps tone the body
• Prevents illnesses and alleviates degenerative diseases
• Helps to retard the aging process
• Reduces stress and anxiety
• Improves powers of concentration
• Instills positive thinking
• Improves creativity and memory
However, people with the following conditions should consult a doctorbefore receiving Thai massage: fever, cancer, osteoporosis, pregnancy, open wounds, newly healed fractures, infections of skin, varicose veins, previous surgery on spine or any part of their body.