What is Thai massage?

Thai massage (Nuad bo rarn) is an ancient therapy believed to date back more than 2000 years.  It was developed by a Northern Indian physician Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha also referred to as Dr. Shivago Komarpaj. He was physician to Siddhartha Guatama (Buddha). Dr Shivago used principles of Ayurveda and yoga to develop the massage system and taught his method to Buddhist monks.  They travelled to Thailand and the method evolved combining traditional Ayurvedic techniques with principles of traditional Chinese medicine. In Thailand the monks carried out this healing method in temples and passed on this knowledge orally until eventually these instructions that were considered sacred were scribed on palm leaves.

Thai massage involves compression techniques and deep stretching. The therapist guides your body into yoga inspired positions, hence the term passive yoga is often applied to Thai Massage.

The effects and benefits of Thai massage

Thai Massage is a dynamic therapy that is unlike most other forms of massage. It can leave you feeling energised, yet the rhythmic compression movements are also relaxing.
Thai Massage may offer the following benefits:
● Relaxation due to the sedating pressure applied on the body
● Stress relief
● Pain relief
● Reduction in muscle tension and muscle spasms
● Loosens stiff joints
● Stimulates circulation of blood and lymph
● Helps improve sleep
● Quiet the mind and promote a feeling of wellbeing
● Improvement in range of motion and flexibility

What happens during a treatment?

You remain fully dressed (apart from removing shoes and socks) throughout the treatment. You are required to wear loose comfortable clothing and the treatment is carried out on a futon mattress on the floor.

The treatment begins with compression movements working on the energy (SEN) lines of the body. This is done on the feet, legs, arms, hands, head and back. Deeper work is then carried out involving a lot of stretching to help release tension in the body. The massage is always carried out within your limits and is adapted for those who have limited flexibility.

 

 

Who can have Thai massage therapy?

Thai Massage is generally suitable for most people as the treatment is adapted to suit the individual. There are however, some conditions that prevent a massage being carried out such as recent haemorrhage, Deep Vein Thrombosis, acute infectious diseases eg, chicken pox, shingles etc. Before we begin your treatment we will have a consultation with you to ensure that massage therapy can safely be carried out.