About Thai Massage
Thai massage is a system of deep massage and stretching, the body will be energized and rejuvenated after the massage relieving both physical and emotional stress and increasing flexibility.
Thai massage practices are based on Ayurveda poses, the client may be positioned in a variety of poses during the course of the massage, however deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the massage that enhances the flow of vital energy, rejuvenating and energising the body, relieving stress, tension, muscle and joint pain while strengthening the immune system and boosting circulation.
Thai massage increases capillary density that helps to address ischemia (restriction in blood supply to tissues, causing a shortage of oxygen and glucose needed for cellular metabolism that keeps tissue alive) and promote the release of lactic acid. It also leads to the release of endorphins, further promoting a relaxation response. Thai massage is more rigorous and therefore energizing than most other types of massage.
The therapist and client enter a state of meditation, to be mindful of prana (energy and breathing), enabling the client to receive healing energy.
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils and the client wears loose clothing, and usually done on a padded mat on the floor or on a firm mattress in a relaxing environment. Typically the Traditional Thai massage will last for a duration of 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
History of Thai Massage
Thai Massage goes back 2,000-2,500 years, a Buddhist form of physiotherapy, it was developed by the physician to the Buddha, Shivago Komarpaj. Shivago is affectionately referred to as the "Father Doctor." It is closely linked to the Thai religion of Buddhism and is also part of the deeper Thai culture.
Shivago Komarpaj is credited with spreading the practice of Traditional Thai Medical Massage (Thai Yoga Bodywork) to the Thai Sangha or monastic community as a way to soothe the muscles and ease body pain experienced by Theravadin monks after long hours of practicing meditation (Vipassana and Samatha bhavana).
The monks and nuns cherished the teachings of Shivago and preserved the teachings. They passed them down from one generation to the next in the form of an oral tradition. Each master in turn would personally transmit and pass on the lineage and knowledge to the next generation in a solemn ceremony. Years of intense, disciplined, practice and meditation were required in all of the healing methods.
This healing system was also used as a way to aid sick and injured people within the community. Over time, this comprehensive practice evolved into a uniquely Thai art incorporating yogic stretches, deep compressions, acupressure, herbal and spa treatments, meditation, and Buddhist philosophies.