Thailand is the heir to the knowledge and culture of two ancient Chinese and Indian civilizations, and Thai massage is a mixture of Indian Ayurveda principles, Chinese medicine, and yoga postures.
The 2,500-year-old massage was created by Buddha’s physician, Dr. Shivago, and then made its way to Thailand.
The basis of Thai massage, this ancient art is body healing to maintain health, wellness, change, and transformation.
Thai massage is a type of handheld skill that is performed using passive stretching and gentle pressure techniques along invisible lines in which life energy travels throughout the body, known as Sens.
Benefits of Thai massage
- Adjusts the skeletal structure of the body
By applying gentle pressure of the hands and feet with a wide variety of stretching exercises in Thai massage, which should be done in a relaxed environment, it creates space for the skeletal and muscular structure of the body.
- Increases body flexibility
With this massage the body begins to flex, and making body movements easy. It also improves range of motion.
- Relieves or reduces muscular and articular tensions
The effort from the Thai massage therapist works to release muscular tension and stretch within the body.
- Stimulates the internal limbs and organs of the body
Thai massage stimulates the internal organs of the body by increasing blood flow and oxygenation and also it helps promote cell growth and heart health.
- adjust and balance the body’s energy system
Releases energy blockage and balances body’s energy and spirit
Thai Massage Techniques
There are many techniques in Thai massage that are used to encouraging the flow of energy around the body and to release muscular tension and stretch out tight muscles that cause imbalance.
And these techniques are designed to maintain the health and well-being of people and avoid pain not only in terms of physical health but also in the mental aspects. They can also help to increase blood circulation, promote the body’s immune system.
The therapists use feet and palms, toes, elbows and knees to apply deep pressure along Sens to manipulate and relax your body. During the course of the massage, there are yoga-like positions which are with pressures and stretches.
There are differences in certain practices associated with Western and Thai massage. Unlike Western massage, which is performed with repeated strokes on the body without covering, in Thai massage, gentle strokes and muscular stretches are applied slowly and rhythmically on the clothing body, and no creams or oils are used during massage. For this massage, you need to wear loose, comfortable clothing.
This massage may take place on a massage table or maybe on a floor mat. A full Thai massage session takes about 2 to 2.30 hours.
Thai massage contraindications
- Waist disk, Cervical disc
- Aged people
- High blood pressure or cancer
- Skin problems such as eczema, psoriasis
- Artificial organs such as knee or hand
- A person is recovering from an injury
Differences between Thai and Reiki Massage
What differentiates these two massages are techniques used for healing, in Thai massage, a practitioner uses his/her body weight (through the hands, feet, knees, elbows) in a non-intrusive manner to apply pressure to energy lines and pressure points.
Although during a 2-hour massage session, the practitioner uses a set of massages and stretches, they are advised to rely on their intuition to feel the energy lines.
In contrast, in Reiki Massage practitioners transmit universal energy to individuals by placing their hands on or near different parts of their body (12 different positions of the hand). Reiki provides practitioners with a unique ability to heal with the receiving energy from different parts of the body. Step Above Massage doesn’t offer Thai Massage at this time to Raleigh massage clients.