What is Thai Massage?
Thai massage is energizing and relaxing. It originates from the ancient healing traditions of Ayurveda and Thai Buddhism. The primary aim is to restore and balance the body’s energy system. The client rests on a comfortable floor mat and wears light clothing. Usually there are no oils or lotions used but sometimes an all natural balm is. The massage consists of assisted stretching to help increase flexibility. The therapist uses palm and finger pressing to relieve muscle tension.
THE THEORY OF THAI MASSAGE
A central belief in Thai massage is that life-energy flows throughout our bodies. These are energy lines connecting all major organs of the body. The theory is that stress, bad posture, physical injuries, etc. block these energy lines and cause an unhealthy balance of mind and body. The goal of the Thai massage therapist is to release this stagnant energy. To do this, they apply pressure to the energy lines and stretch the body.
THE ORIGIN OF THAI MASSAGE
The origin of Thai massage is unclear. Some claim Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha as its founder. He was a famous yogi and doctor of Ayurvedic medicine. Jivaka lived in northern India during the time of Buddha. What is certain is that Thai massage was influenced by ancient Indian yoga. Thai massage, like Indian yoga, focuses on the flow of energy. It also encourages mindful breathing and yoga postures, as Indian yoga does.
Others believe ancient Thai people learned massage from the Chinese. That it was thousands of years ago when the Thais settled in the southern part of China. Regardless of its beginnings, Buddhist monks used Thai massage many centuries ago.
Whatever the influences, this ancient massage has evolved to become a distinct Thai remedy. Thai massage is interwoven with the history of the Thai people and their culture.