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History of Thai Massage 

Forming a central component of Thai medicine, Thai massage, pronounced “nuad thai” in Thai, is believed to have originated over 2,500 years ago in India. While it has been practiced by Thai monks for centuries, it was founded by Kumar Bhaccha, a friend and physician of Buddha.

Thai massage is one of the four branches of traditional thai medicine, and when the practice made its way to Thailand, the original Ayurvedic techniques became combined with principles of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and yoga.

Thai massage has been used as a healing technique in replace of traditional doctors, and involves deep massage and stretching on the floor or a firm mat. It is a therapeutic procedure that provides relaxation and restores healthy blood circulation. It also treats energy blockages, weak, dysfunctional organs, aches and pains, stress and tension, flexibility, paralysis, nerve problems and posture alignments.

The King of Thailand built Wat Pho, the first university and school for traditional medicine that is still open today, and a place to visit for a profound massage. Since the 80s, Thai massage treatment has regained credibility as being superior to conventional medicine in treating certain ailments like asthma, constipation or frozen shoulders and aiding recovery after a heart attack or to regain mobility of the limbs after a stroke.

 

Types of Thai Massage

 

More dynamic and rigorous than your usual massage, a Thai massage is the go-to-option for preventing and remedying back ailments in the country. This ancient healing system aims to rejuvenate the client.

There are two basic styles of Thai massage that are performed, a Southern “Wat Pho” style and a Northern style. Both styles, still performed today, date back to the two original schools of Thai massage, and make use of considerable differences in style. Southern style massage originated from Wat Pho in Bangkok, and focuses primarily on the acupressure and energy lines to perform strong pressure. The Northern style, derived from the Old Medicine Hospital in Chiang Mai, is slower and more gentle on the patient, even though it is still a strong massage. Unlike the Wat Pho style, this style focuses more on a more relaxing rhythm and uses slow and stretching techniques. This Northern style is most commonly practiced today worldwide and in the United States.

The massage uses energy lines known as the “sen line system,” following the theory that there are seventy-two thousand Sen lines or energy lines that line the frame of the body. The sen lines correspond with the Chinese acupuncture medications and the ancient medicine practice from Indian Ayurvedic.  Each sen line which is performed in Thai massage is associated with different parts of the body, organ systems, and disease, pain or disorder.

It is said that Thai massage is arguably better for you than a good workout? So… What are the Benefits of Thai Massage?

 

 Thai massage provides your body with several health benefits:

 

  1. Reduces Anxiety and Improves Mood

Thai massage can reverse the physiological conditions, especially reducing cortisol levels in the body- easing both depression and anxiety.

 

  1. Prevention of illness and Strengthening Immune System

Thai massage can prevent from illness by increasing blood flow and promoting the production of several hormones in the body that play an important role in maintaining body immune system work.

Thai Massage can boost the immune cell response to several pathogens, helping you steer clear of the flu and bacterial, viral diseases. In one study, Thai massage performed with ginger and coconut oil helped improve immune function in in colorectal cancer patents undergoing chemothearpy.

 

  1. Can treat Migraines and Chronic Headaches

The use of acupressure, joint manipulation and release of energy meridian flows all work in combination to release tension, ease nerve irritation, and alleviate pain. The way in which Thai massage combines a multitude of techniques allows it to target underlying dysfunction contributing to symptoms of pain in a holistic manner.

 

  1. Rehabilitates after Strokes

Thai Massage treatments have been shown to improve sleep, mood, ability to walk due to reduced muscle spasms and stiffness in patients recovering from a stroke.

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