With its roots in Chinese Medicine, Indian Ayurvedic, Yoga and Acupressure, Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing.
You lie on a mat on the floor, in loose comfortable clothing. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, feet knees and even shins to press and stretch your body. Thais believe that good health and freedom from pain result from the unhindered flow of vital energies through the body's tissues.
The main 'channels' for distributing these energies are called 'Sen'. There is no general agreement as to the exact number of Sen but those who know something of Chinese Medicine quickly recognise that the Thai practitioner is effectively working along the Chinese Qi meridians.
Pressing is the mechanical process used to stimulate energy flow in the Sen, and to release blockages or stagnation, which result in pain. This part of the massage is very thorough.
Each Sen channel is pressed repeatedly from every direction. When all the soft tissues have been adequately pressed, stretching begins. This will be subtle at first but gradually progresses to the elegant, large scale stretches for which Thai massage is renowned. Every muscle and joint is treated.
How does it help you?
Thai Massage improves flexibility, strengthens and opens the joints, releases stress and helps maintain posture. Regular Thai massage stretches the muscles back to their normal resting length, which deceives the brain into 'thinking' that all is well and before long, tension disappears and joint mobility is restored. Even advanced yoga cannot compete with the stretching capabilities of Thai massage when applied by an expert.
Benefits of regular Thai massage include relief from constipation, IBS, headaches, sciatica, back and neck pain. It can also correct emotional problems as well as physical ones.