Thai massage dates back 2500 years to India at the time of Buddha. Dr. Shivago
Komarpaj was the founder of Thai massage. Healing principles of yoga and ayurveda were taught to monks to be performed in the temples. Thai traditional medicine became the main healing practice in Thailand. Where it was passed down from generation to generation.
Wat Pho, located in Bangkok, was the first university and school for traditional medicine and it still is in operation today.
Thai massage is part of the Thai Healing Arts. It uses direct pressure on the muscles of the body is combined with stretching to effectively stimulate the joints, bones, nerves, lymphatic, system, and ligaments. (Living Sabai)
During a Thai Massage session, the client remains clothed. It can be done on a table, but most often is done on a special mat located on the floor. Lotion and or oils are not needed. Balms and wooden tools may be used during the session. The client's position changes several times between being on their back (supine), on their stomach (prone), and/or seated to get the full benefits of the stretches and compressions. Sin Lines (energy work) are also worked on during the session.
Benefits of Thai Massage
* Relaxation of muscles
* Increase flexibility and mobility on the muscles
* Improves breathing
* Improves posture, balance, corrects body alignments
* dissolves energy blockages
* Improves digestion
* Reduces stress and anxiety
* Promotes restful sleep
* Helps detoxification of the body
* Boosts immune system
Thai massage is similar to having a yoga session, massage, chiropractor visit, and acupressure at the same time.
Thai Massage is one of my favorite massage modalities, thus far.