Thai massage is “nuad phaen boran” in Thai language, which means “ancient massage”. It originated about 4,500 years ago in India but was adapted in Thailand together with the introduction of Buddhism. Today, the massage techniques are no longer being used in India, but continue to be a part of the Thai culture.
Thai massage has been beneficial to athletes because it helps keep the body flexible in order to prevent injuries. It involves acupressure, bending, stretching and Sen line compression. Also known as Meridian compression, Sen line compression is a concept that involves the body’s reaction when applying pressure along the energy lines. Acupressure is the application of pressure on overlapping organs and muscles for the purpose of stimulation. Bending and stretching are done to improve muscle and ligament strength.
Also called Thai Yoga massage, this type of massage uses the hands, legs, knees and feet that are moved for a series of stretches very similar to Yoga. This powerful massage is perfect for those who are looking to improve their lifestyle based on wellness and health.
Reflexology is part of Thai massage. A lot of attention is given to the feet and legs to get the energy moving from these areas and then allow them to flow to other parts of the body. It can be very time consuming—in fact, this type of massage can last way longer than regular massage. It may take up to three hours depending on the personal requirements and preferences of the client.
Thai yoga massage is intended to stabilize the flow of energy in the body. By doing do, flexibility is increased and the body is strengthened. During the massage, body tension is released and to relieve mental and physical stress. This massage is also believed to improve the nervous system and immune system.
Those who undergo Thai yoga massage are advised to drink lots of water right after the session to aid the removal of toxins in the body. Right after the session, you will feel energized and relaxed because body pathways are cleared from any blockage to achieve better circulation.
Aside from relaxation, Thai massage can also improve your flexibility and motion. This is greatly beneficial to those who do not exercise often because of age, work, stress and other factors. This massage restores the body and promotes self-healing.
Massage is also beneficial to the therapist as it encourages a healthy and balanced body whether physical, emotional and spiritual.
Getting a Thai Massage
Never had a Thai massage but interested to give it a go? One of the things you need to consider when choosing a day spa is that it should have licensed massage therapists. Do your online research to get an idea about the kind of customer service, price and service inclusions offered.