Traditional Thai Massage, the sacred healing bodywork from Thailand, originated in India 2500 years ago during the time of the Buddha. An Indian Ayurvedic doctor named Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, is credited and honored for developing Thai Massage. Also known as Doctor Shivago, he was the Buddha’s friend and personal physician.
Thai Massage addresses the whole person – body, mind and spirit. It is based on the concept that life force energy is continually circulating throughout the body. When the flow of energy is balanced, the result is health and vitality. When imbalanced, the result is tension, pain or dis-ease. To balance energy, maintain health and deepen an overall sense of well being, Thai Massage uses compression along energy pathways as well as joint mobilization, traction and passive yoga-like stretches.
Thai Massage typically takes 90 minutes and is performed on a mat on the floor with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing to facilitate ease of movement.
Benefits of Thai Massage:
- Reduces Tension
- Decreases Pain
- Increases Flexibility
- Improves Joint Range of Motion
- Improves Postural Alignment
- Improves Circulation
- Helps Eliminate Wastes & Toxins
- Tones Internal Organs
- Enhances Workout Routines
- Heightens Body Awareness
- Calms the Nervous System
- Balances Body-Mind Energies
- Deepens an Overall Sense of Well-Being
Helpful Information Regarding Thai Massage:
- A typical Thai massage takes 90 minutes.
- The receiver remains clothed. To facilitate ease of movement, loose comfortable clothing is worn, such as long workout or yoga pants and a short sleeved t-shirt.
- No oil or lotion is used. To provide an easier grip for the practitioner, the receiver should avoid putting lotion on hands and feet.
- Pressure and stretch is tailored to each individual and can be gentler or deeper, depending on what one prefers.
- To prevent poor digestion, it is best to wait 2 hours after eating a large meal before receiving a Thai Massage.
- For the practitioner, giving a Thai massage is similar to doing hatha yoga. Awareness is on the moment, the breath, body alignment and proper body mechanics.
- The receiver of Thai Massage is completely relaxed, as they receive passive yoga-like stretches and compressions along energy lines.
- Thai Massage is a holistic practice, a combination of bodywork, energy work, and spiritual work. It is both relaxing and energizing. For both the giver and receiver, it can be a moving meditation and healing experience.
To learn more about Thai Massage: – Visit Thai Healing Alliance International to read introductory articles on Thai Massage.
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