Thai massage is known as one of the oldest modalities that goes back to the time of Buddha which was more than 2,000 years ago. It was an Indian doctor who introduced it in Thailand and it had the name Nuad Phaen Boran which means ancient or traditional massage. Later on, it became Thai massage.
Thai massage has been used by monks around Southeast Asia as part of indigenous Thai medicine. Just like any traditional medical practice in the area, illness is considered as imbalance of the body, mind, and spirit.
What Is Thai Massage?
Thai massage is based on the concept that there are energy lines running through the entire human body. These invisible lines are called Prana Nadis which supply us with energy. There are ten mainlines which are also considered as acupuncture points. Through working on these mainlines, the blockage to energy is removed enabling the free flow of Prana which makes way for general well-being.
Thai massage deals with interactive manipulation and makes use of two primary procedures. With this massage, the therapist applies pressure with the use of hands and feet on the energy lines and a series of stretching movements is also applied to enable the body to come up with certain postures. Such movements and postures help to align all the energies of the body.
Thai massage is different from the usual massage because of the kneading of muscles, the strokes of different lengths, and the pressure used to calm, relax, or to stimulate. It focuses more on the energy and not on the body.
What Are Its Benefits?
Thai massage is known to energize the body and it releases tension and toxins that come from joints, connective tissues, and muscles. This has been used for many years to treat degenerative illness and to promote wellness. Some of its key benefits are
- It balances the body’s energy
- It stimulates internal organs
- It relieves muscular and joint tension
- It adjusts the skeletal structure of the body
- It increases flexibility
Thai massage is known to be more vigorous than traditional massage since it is energizing and relaxing too.