Thai massage is a sacred dance, a yoga for 2 people. Traditionally practiced in Buddhist monasteries, Thai massage is regarded above all as a spiritual practice, a meditation in movement. The masseur practices in a meditative state and develops his sensitivity and Heart qualities (Metta – Loving kindness and Karuna – Compassion) to tune in to the patient’s needs..
Doctor Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha is considered the founder of Thai massage. He was a famous physician and surgeon in Northern India over 2500 years ago and a contemporary and friend of the Buddha. The migration of Buddhism towards South-East Asia brought this art into Thailand.
Theoretically, Thai massage is based on the concept of energy lines, the Sen. Working the lines by acupressure and stretching can treat the whole body by opening energy, physical or emotional blockages. Thai massage is carried out on the floor, without using oil. The patient wears light, comfortable clothing.
Thai massage promotes general health and well-being. It has a double purpose. On the preventive side, it actives the free flow of energy and improves fluid circulation, digestion, breathing capacity, body posture, flexibility, as well as releasing nervous tension. On the therapeutic side, it can cure a large number of pathologies such as lower back pain, headaches, digestive problems, stress, insomnia, nervous imbalance, neck and shoulder muscular tightness…
Benefits of Thai Massage:
- Muscle release
- Increased flexibility and joint movement
- Lymphatic cleanse
- Toxin elimination
- Postural alignment
- Internal organs stimulation
- Neurological functioning & vitality boost
- Tension / stress relief
- Balance of energy flow
- Strengthening of immune system
- Deep relaxation
- Calming of the mind
- Emotional release
- Very good for long term injuries
Thai Massage is usually performed on the floor and both partners wear comfortable clothing allowing for movement. No oils are used in Thai Massage and the practice is often also called Thai Yoga Massage because the therapist uses hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and adjustments that can include muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure. Taught in workshop format and also offered in a private treatment Thai Massage may also be combined with AcroYoga therapeutic flying to release compression on the spine and access deeper muscles for realignment.