Therapy Techniques Used In Traditional Thai Massage
Many people who are new to traditional Thai massage have questions about the therapy techniques that are used during the practice. In order to fully understand these techniques, it’s important to look at the history of Thai massage and why it can be of benefit to the body.
Thai massage is a holistic practice that dates back more than 2500 years. It is directly associated with the concept of 10 energy lines found in the human body known as Sen. When these pathways are open and flowing freely with energy, good health and mental balance ensue. Thai massage is rhythmic, slow compression that occurs along the energy lines in order to produce a free flow of energy.
Traditional Thai massage makes use of movements which help to open the joints, stretch and work areas directly related to acupressure points in the body. Much of the technique that is used during traditional Thai massage is very similar to yoga positions. In fact, Thai massage is often referred to as a form of yoga, although it is possible for you to get the benefit without doing the work. The principle of Thai massage states that working on certain areas of the body may not only have direct benefit but it may also benefit distant areas of the body through stimulation.
A traditional Thai massage frequently takes place on the floor and allows the practitioner to use their knees, elbows, palms, thumbs and feet to assist the individual into position. The massage itself may last up to two hours, depending upon your needs and desires. The techniques that are used during the massage can assist you in finding increased range of movement, more energy and a better balance in your life.