Traditional Thai Massage
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Whilst Thai massage was traditionally applied on a mat on the floor, today the massage table is also often used. Traditional Thai Massage, which is administered via the hands, feet, knee and elbow is a kind of passive yoga that doesn’t require the use of oil - or for the client to disrobe. This is because the deep, consistent pressure used in conjunction with passive stretching yoga movements manipulate the skeleton, and work along energy lines that remove blockages of energy. Therefore of the 72,000 energy lines said to be within the body, Traditional Thai massage focuses on ten major lines, in order to ensure a relaxing, yet energizing, experience.
As with many other forms of massage, Traditional Thai Massage is designed to relieve pain and muscle tension, increase blood circulation, and allow the body to better absorb nutrition.
History of Traditional Thai Massage
In Thailand, the presence and practice of Traditional Thai massage has been evidenced as far back as 2,500 years ago. With Thailand’s geographic location also being on the trade route between India and China, it has also, over time, benefited from the influence of the Chinese and Indian cultures. The founder of the practice, Shivago Komarpaj (also known as the Father of Thai medicine), was also believed to be a friend to Buddha. As Buddhism spread out from India, Thai massage became intertwined with the healing medicines and practices of India, which was subsequently passed along as an oral tradition amongst practitioners. Whilst most of the ancient medical texts were destroyed in the 18th Century by the Burmese, the tradition of Thai massage was literally carved into the walls of Wat Po temple in Bangkok.
Until recently, Traditional Thai massage was only officially practiced by Buddhist monks, with the local population often seeking help from the local Temple to counter the imbalance of the body, mind and spirit (or illness, as we would now see it).