Fact: The origins of traditional Thai massage reportedly began over 2,000 years ago along with the introduction of Buddhism.
Founded By: The legendary historical creator of Thai medicine is Indian Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha.
Therapy Type: Bodywork
WHAT EXACTLY IS THAI MASSAGE?
Originating from a yoga philosophy, Thai (yoga) massage focuses primarily on the ‘Prana’, or life force energy, in the body by working on invisible energy lines called the ‘Ten Sen’. The Ten Sen constitute part of the ‘Prana Nadis’; a network of energy lines running through the body. It is this network that provides the body with the vitality it needs to work efficiently. The source of this energy is taken from the water and food we consume and the air we breathe. A blockage in any line prevents energy flow leading to mental, physical and spiritual imbalances, which then manifest in the form of disease, aches and discomfort.
Thai Massage therapy works to stimulate, open and balance the flow of energy through the sen lines to assist the body in its natural self-healing process. The sen lines are treated by recurring stimulation and the joints are activated and supported by passive stretches. The massage unfolds like a continuous and rhythmic dance. Within Buddhist teachings, thai massage embodies the four states of mind; compassion, vicarious joy, equanimity and loving kindness. These teachings are by tradition practiced and taught to embrace these states of mind within this massage therapy. As a result the therapy is often referred to as 'meditation in movement'. When this is experienced it can be a sense of complete calm, vividness and freedom.
Thai massage combines with other forms of treatments including acupressure, reflexology, applied yoga stretches and medicinal herbs.
Thai Massage may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:
WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM THAI MASSAGE SESSIONS
Most people find Thai Massage Therapy deeply relaxing and enjoy the
tension it releases throughout the body. It is also extremely safe
when carried out by a qualified therapist. It is wise to carry out
some research and select a therapist who is either a member of, or
accredited by, an association or professional body such as the Massage
Association of New Zealand (MNZ). Thai Massage Therapists are obligated to a code of
ethics and procedure that determines the therapy is carried out in a
suitable and safe environment. These regulations also guarantee a
specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives
The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Practitioners within your region. We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.
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