Traditional Thai Massage has its roots in the Indian systems of Yoga and Ayurveda. It is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Baccha, who have been the Buddha's physician over 2,500 years ago. In fact, the history of Thai massage is more complex than this legend of a single founder would suggest. Thai massage is a combination of influences from Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian cultural spheres and traditions of medicine, and the art as it is practiced today is likely to be the product of a 19th century synthesis of various healing traditions.
How does the session look like?
Thai Yoga Massage is done on a firm mat on the floor with the receiver dressed in light clothes. No oil is used. Typically a session lasts around 1½ -2 hours. A complete Thai massage incorporates a combination of acupressure and yoga-like stretching.
Thai massage is a relaxing massage therapy for relieving stress and tension. Also, it relieves back pain, stiff neck, shoulder pain, and sports injuries including muscle and tendon strain. On a deeper level, Thai massage increases your body awareness, enabling you to notice patterns of stress and tension and teaches you how to relax and 'let go'. It is a grounding form of treatment which allows you to feel your body.
What should I wear for the session?
Comfortable, loose-fitting yoga or sports clothes are best to accommodate the stretching movements in the Thai Yoga massage session. Leggings or tracksuit bottoms are ideal – not jeans or a skirt.
What do I need to do before and after session?
It is better not to eat for at least 1 hour before the session, and try not to eat, bathe or do strenuous exercise for at least an hour afterwards. Drinking plenty of warm water after the seesion will enhance the benefits of the massage.
Is it painful?
Thai Yoga Massage should not be painful. The practitioner should stretch you to your comfortable maximum and not beyond it. Sometimes, you might feel stronger sensation but it will disappear as soon as the pressure is released. This is an indication that the energy flow has been unblocked.
Can anyone have Thai Yoga Massage session?
Thai Yoga massage can be adapted to suit most people, however if you have any of the following conditions do check with your GP before receiving Thai massage: epilepsy, diabetes, cancer, rheumatism, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, thrombosis, disease of the internal organs, chronic injuries. Do not have a treatment if you have a fever or contagious disease, if you have had a recent operation, or you are under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
What does 'energy lines' mean?
Thai Yoga Massage works on the theory that the body has natural energy pathways called 'sen' lines. These pathways are said to transmit ‘lom’ (which translates as ‘energy’ or ‘air’) which is inhaled into the lungs and is then dispersed throughout the body, a process which Western science may think of as respiration. Although the Thai Yoga massage sen lines are not recognised in Western anatomy (as they do not have a physical structure) their pathways can be traced through anatomical landmarks. The sen lines often follow the grooves in between muscles, or run along the ridge of a muscle, or between muscle and bone, or they may fall between two tendons. Similarly, Indian Ayurvedic healing uses energy pathways called ‘nadis’ and Japanese shiatsu uses energy pathways called ‘meridians’.
Due to physical or emotional trauma, bad posture, or harmful habits and beliefs this energy can get trapped or blocked, causing physical and emotional disease. Thai Yoga Massage can release these blockages and bring the body back to its natural equilibrium where balance and wellbeing are present. You can read more about it here:
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