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Traditional Thai Massage

  

Elements of Thai Massage

 

Buddhism- Thai Massage, influential Buddhist ideas include a concern with ethics; an emphasis on compassion, the practitioner's attention to breath and body sensations and the celebration of the role of Jivaka Komarabhacca as the forefather of the art form. What began as a method of facilitating deeper meditation practices has evolved into a healing tradition with a spiritual message of compassion, patience and awareness. 

 

Ayerveda- Related to Buddhism, Traditional Thai Medical texts frequently contain principals such as the doshas and four elements, Earth, Water, Fire, and Air.  The idea of the body being animated and mobilized by LOM, translated as "Energy', but which literally means the Air Element, draws from a traditional Indian model of physiology.  Ayurvedic, known as the “Knowledge of Life” and the “medicine of the Gods” was developed in India over 5000 years ago.  It is based on the belief that the body’s natural state is one of balance.  When this balance is disrupted it must be restored through a holistic approach that honors the individual’s unique mind-body constitution or dosha, and set of life circumstances.  

 

Yoga- An energy-based physical and spiritual practice originating in India. This system of postures and breathing exercises was formalized in the first half of the second millennium AD, primarily as a spiritual practice.  A similar system of individual postures exists in Thailand that is called "luesii dat ton" (self stretching exercises of the rishis). This form of yoga has a profound influence on Thai medical arts, particularly in the realm of Thai Massage. 

 

Chinese and other external cultural influences-Many Thai massage schools today teach modified forms of foot reflexology, tunina abdominal massage, and other chinese bodywork practices. While some of these are relatively late introductions to the Thai sphere, Chinese communitites have been flourishing in Southeast Asia for many centuries and have introduced many aspects of Chinese culture to Thailand. Some fo the similarities between the Thai sen and the Chinese meridians, as well as some acupressure techniques, may be due to this prolonged cultural contact and exchange. 

 

 

Indigenous Thai medicine- While there have been many foreign inputs, the Thai healing arts are distinctly Thai and a unique part of Thailand's cultural heritage.  If these five layers of cultural influence form the building blocks of Thai Massage Therapy, different schools and teachers all over the country have put them together in highly individualized ways. 

 

My explanation of History and Elements of Thai massage is shared from "Encyclopedia of Thai Massage",  by Pierce Salguero...

What are the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage?

 

Physical Benefits of Thai Massage

  • Help detoxification of the body and boost immune system 

  • Increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure  

  • Good for muscle relaxation, increase flexibility in your muscles, increase mobility 

  • Improve breathing 

  • Improves posture, balance, corrects body alignments and dissolves energy blockages  

  • Improves athletic performance  

  • Help arthritis and back pain  

  • Help tone the body, strengthen joints and fight diseases, including chronic joint problems 

  • Prevents illnesses and alleviates degenerative diseases  

  • Slows the aging process

 

Mental Benefits of Thai Massage

  • Improve your outlook towards life; builds an emotional balance Help with concentration and creativity/ Mind and body concentration  

  • Clear and calm your mind  

  • Help you gain mental clarity

 

Psychological effects of Thai Massage

  • Reduce and relieve stress and anxiety  

  • Help people boost their inner energy levels  

  • Develop discipline and self-control  

  • Achieve better health, increases health and vitality 

  • Raise the energy level and stamina  

  • Build internal power (and creates a natural confidence)