Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, Physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India.
It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine.
Thai massage works to stimulate the flow of life energy by “Sen”, help the body’s natural ability to heal. Thai massage is more energizing, more rigorous than classic forms of massage. Muscle compression, joint mobilization and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.
A complete Thai massage usually take anywhere from 90 min. to 2 hours and incorporates a traditional combination of acupressure, energy meridian work, and yoga-like stretching. Thai massage is different from many Western forms of massage in that there is no oil used, the therapist uses a mattress on the floor and that the client remains completely clothed thoughout the session. It is so different from what we typically mean by “massage” that it is often instead discribed as having someone “do yoga to you”. In fact, in Thailand, Thai massage has sometimes been called “yoga for lazy people”!
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:
- Stress reduction
- Improves circulation
- Increases energy
- Increases flexibility
- Improves range of motion
- centers the mind and body
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