Types of Massage

Thai

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Thai massage is relaxing, energising & gaining wide popularity as it's much more rigorous than other styles of massage. It’s often referred to as Thai yoga massage because the Therapist uses hands, knees, legs & feet to manipulate you into a series of yoga-esque stretches - it’s kinda like doing yoga without the yoga!

 

There is a standard sequence & rhythm, which is adjusted to fit each clients specific need. Muscle compression, joint mobilisation & acupressure are also techniques used throughout the session. The treatment is conducted on a padded floor mat without oil & you remain fully clothed so it’s recommended you dress comfortably.

 

Many people believe Thai massage delivers the following benefits:

  • Relaxation

  • Reduce muscle tension

  • Stress reduction

  • Improved circulation

  • Increased energy

  • Better flexibility & range of motion

  • Balances both the mind & body

  • Mindfulness

 

Different from other forms of bodywork Thai Massage offers smoothness, rhythm & flow where nothing is rushed. Each movement melts into the next with total economy of motion. It's a beautifully choreographed performance which will leave you feeling relaxed, refreshed & much more flexible after the deep pressure techniques & spectacular manipulations. Hey it was good enough for Buddha for a reason. Do try.

Legend has it that Thai Massage was developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a physician to Buddha before making its way to Thailand. What we do know is that Thai Massage was influenced by multiple disciplines over the centuries which ultimately ended up contributing to its establishment: Theravada Buddhism, Ayurveda, Hatha Yoga, understanding of Chinese Meridians & the indigenous practices of Thai people.

 

For centuries Thai massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine & today its recognised & regulated by the Thai Government. Traditional Thai Massage or Nuad Phaen Boran as it's known in Thailand, is a style of massage that blends point pressure & stretching to deliver benefits to those who find themselves stiff, sore & tired from over-exertion. It is believed to enhance strength & flexibility, relaxe sore or tense muscles & recapture lost range of motion.

Generally speaking, practitioners of modern Thai massage operate on the hypothesis that the body is permeated with "lom", or "air", which is inhaled into the lungs and subsequently travels throughout the body along 72,000 pathways called "sen", which therapists manipulate manually.

 

This is the commonly accepted hypothesis, mostly likely originating in Indian yoga, and promoted by the government and schools, the sen being understood as either physical or non-physical structures depending on the interpretation.

 

Traditional regional medicine, however, follows a different, more comprehensive theoretical system, which involves massage as being the manipulation of the five body layers (skin, tissue, channels, bones, organs) to influence the relationship of the four body elements (earth, water, wind, fire), within this system, the sen are defined as tendons, ligaments, nerves, and blood vessels, and the element "lom" or "wind" is understood as the property of movement. This understanding derives from Buddhist medicine, which has its roots in ancient Indian medicine.

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