Thai massage is a type of Oriental bodywork therapy that is based on the treatment of the human body, mind, and spirit and is known for its ability to clear the energy pathways. The therapy includes treating the electromagnetic or energetic field which surrounds, infuses and brings the body to life through pressure and/or manipulative massage.
The benefits of Thai massage are numerous, with the most predominant being the maintenance of good health and its ability to treat a wide spectrum of health concerns.
Some of the major benefits of traditional Thai massage:
• Increases flexibility and range of movement
• Eliminates muscle pain and muscle spasms
• Improves postural alignment
• Calms the nervous system and promotes a deep sense of relaxation with an increased energy level
• Allows for a significant release of deep, emotional distress
• Stimulates blood circulation and lymph drainage
• Stimulates internal organs
• Relieves fatigue, swollen limbs, painful joints, and headaches
Thai massage can be described as a cross between acupressure, yoga, and Zen shiatsu and is inspired by Buddhist teachings.
The actual massage consists of a technique that uses slow, rhythmic compressions and stretches along the body's energy lines, also called “sen” in Thai. The effort from the practitioner works to free tension within the body. Practitioners also position the body into yoga-like poses and gently rock the body to more deeply open joints and facilitate limbering.