Traditional Thai Massage Techniques

Thai massage is one of the most popular massage techniques that offer lot of benefits for those who get it. It is also known as Nuad Phaen Boran, which means “ancient massage” or “traditional massage”. Thai massage involves various techniques and elements such as deep muscle massage, stretching, shiatsu, yoga and acupressure.

History of Thai massage

The traditional Thai massage has its start before almost 2,500 years. Actually, the origin of the massage was not in Thailand as many people assume according to its name. It is from India, where Ayurveda is also born. The Buddhist monks learnt Thai massage and other healing arts in India. The Buddhist families practiced these arts, and they spread it all over the Asia. This way the massage became a part of the Buddhist religious practice.

The traditional Thai massage actually entered into Thailand around 300 or 200 BC. In those times, the Buddhists used to build their temples near the medical schools so as to facilitate that both the monks and medical students learn the art of Thai massage.

How traditional Thai massage works?

Traditional Thai massage is mainly focused on the whole body experience. This massage works on the major energy lines that are throughout a human body, known as ‘Sen’. Thai massage helps loosen the blockages with which human body can recoup any deficiencies of the energy lines. This way it harmonizes the body. Like acupuncture, traditional Thai massage also follows a similar system of pressure points. By massaging on these pressure points, Thai massage can help heal the stress and tension.

The following are the benefits of traditional Thai massage

  • Whether you give or receive the massage, you can get joy, ease and comfort.
  • By opening up your chakras, Thai massage allows you get a more peaceful and healthy mind.
  • The receiver of the massage will feel the joy of receiving and get a refreshed spirit.
  • The massage helps increase the energy by opening of Sen and other blocked areas.
  • It gives relief from pain and muscle tension
  • It improves blood and lymph circulation
  • It balances the nervous system

How is it done?

Traditional Thai massage is also called as a floor massage, because the receiver has to lay on a pad or light mattress to receive the massage. This helps the massage therapist easily manipulate the limbs of the receiver. The massage therapist starts at the feet and moves towards the head. This makes the body feel loosened and stretched.

Normally, a traditional Thai massage will be between two and three hours. Sometimes the Thai massage is a combination of different techniques like neuromuscular therapy, Myofascial Release Techniques and Remedial massage. Traditional Thai massage is very useful for athletes, and it keeps them flexible and prevents the injuries. Thai massage can also improve the flexibility and mobility of the handicapped