Thai massage, based on compressions and acupressure, releases energy and promotes the elimination of toxins.
The creator of this style of massage is identified with the figure of Jivaka Kumar Bhacca: legend has it that he was the Buddha’s personal physician 2,500 years ago.
The purpose is to reactivate the circulation of energy, taking advantage of the body’s self-healing potential.
In particular it is characterized by the execution of different types of manipulations, including pressure and stretching, which are associated with the so-called passive yoga techniques.
Similar to what happens with many other types of oriental massages, Thai also aims to bring benefits to the person as a whole, not only physically but also mentally.
The manipulations, in fact, according to the tradition, are carried out with the intention of stimulating the energy channels, called “Sen”, that cross the body of each individual. In this way, the restoration of the correct flow of energy in the body must be facilitated, the alteration or obstruction of which may be, according to the philosophy behind Thai massage, the cause of discomfort and discomfort.
Sometimes Thai massage is also known as passive yoga or yoga for lazy people. In fact, this form of massage is characterized by the execution of different manipulations that also include some techniques.
What benefits does Thai massage bring?
According to the tradition and philosophy behind this, Thai massage, which acts on the energy centers and channels present in the body, carries both physical and mental benefits.
The rebalancing of the correct energy flows should, in fact, help to find a condition of total well-being.
However, from a purely physical point of view, this treatment provides the following benefits:
Promote muscle elasticity;
Increase and promote muscle and joint mobility;
Promote the reactivation of blood (particularly venous) and lymphatic circulation;
Counteract joint and muscle pain;
Increase the recovery speed after sports performance, especially in those athletes who perform aerobic activities;
Promote the elimination of toxins accumulated in the body.
Finally, this type of massage also turns out to be useful to counteract sleep disorders and to relieve any emotional tension.
In short, Thai massage releases energy, increases vascular activity, promotes the elimination of toxins. Very suitable in case of problems such as neuralgia, lordosis or disorders related to depression, such as insomnia. A massage session leaves the body relaxed and the mind ready, clear, free of thoughts. The sessions relax the muscles, improve the nervous system.
Precautions: should not be practiced in case of hiatal hernia, pregnancy, high blood pressure, heart disease, fractures, serious inflammation or wounds.
How is Thai massage done?
Thai massage is traditionally performed on the floor, on a special mattress to ensure the comfort of the massage.
However, before beginning the manipulations, the massage therapist must carry out a “diagnosis” of the patient’s needs, in order to offer a personalized treatment aimed at meeting the needs of the individual.
According to tradition, at the beginning of the treatment, the masseur kneels next to the patient and, maintaining due concentration, places his right hand on the stomach of the latter, who will be in a supine position. This area of the body is considered the central point of the body and the massage should start from here with slow and light movements that follow the rhythm of the masseur’s breathing.
After this first phase, the intensity of the manipulations should increase gradually, without causing excessive pain or unpleasant sensations. More in detail, Thai massage involves the execution of a series of pressures, stretches, twists, extensions, kneading, lifts and the passive execution of yoga techniques.
Manipulations are done with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, and even feet.
Since this treatment aims to restore energy flows, at the end of the massage you should not feel sedated, but, on the contrary, full of energy.