Thai massage is a dynamic form of treatment using a range of massage techniques and addressing the entire body, including the scalp and face. Originating from oral traditions of medicine passed down through monasteries, Thai massage grew out of Ayurveda-based body science over 2500 years ago. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a doctor from North India who travelled with the Buddha and is known as the “Father of Medicine,” worked with manipulative body techniques as well as offered instruction in diet, herbal remedies and mystical practices. His influence reached across South-Eastern Asia as he travelled, and the styles of techniques expanded during the process. Thai massage, which has many different names varying by region, has evolved into an extremely therapeutic massage style now becoming popular in the West. The synthesis of knowledge, medicine and healing arts from across Asia led to considerable variation in styles and applications of Thai massage, and today, Thai massage is practiced all over the world by skilled therapists of this ancient art.

In my massage therapy practice, I utilize a range of techniques from various therapeutic massage styles that can be integrated into any one treatment. I have used mostly Swedish massage, which is applied with lotion directly to the skin in gliding motions performed by my hands, forearms and elbows while the client lays under sheets on a table. I am recently certified in Thai massage which differs in many ways from Swedish: there are no lotions, the client remains clothed, the treatment is done on the floor, and I use my hands, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to apply the massage. The client is stretched and moved through a series of yoga-like positions, coupled with kneading, shaking and rocking. Following the same basic routine which is applied by practitioners in Thailand, the massage systematically works through the entire body from feet to head. Manipulating the tissue in this manner is effective for increasing circulation and relaxation while promoting tissue and joint health. Modifications can also be used to address individual concerns, injuries or other limitations, and offer a great deal of benefits to the client.

Working in the field of massage therapy, I have experienced a number of different modalities that improve soft tissue health. Massage has given me a greater awareness of the body and improved vitality. I have been receiving massage treatments regularly for over four years and I have witnessed my health improving during that time. I have less tension, aches, and pains, and I have noticed an improvement in my posture and an improved ability to handle stress. I feel more connected with my self. As a therapist, I have witnessed people overcome injuries, recover from surgery and manage their stress levels. If you have never had a massage treatment before and you are unsure about the experience, I would recommend trying a Thai massage because you can remain comfortably clothed and you won’t have any lotions or oils left on your skin.

Some of the benefits of Thai Massage for physical, mental and psychological well-being include:

improved breathing
increased circulation
relaxed muscles
increased joint health
a stronger mind-body connection
clearing and calming the mind
improved mental clarity
reduced level of stress and anxiety
increased health and vitality
higher energy levels and self-control

Regular treatments will gradually improve your day-to-day activities giving you more freedom to enjoy everything to the fullest.

Sources:
http://www.livestrong.com/article/135880-benefits-thai-yoga-massage/
http://www.jongrakthaimassage.com/Benefits_Thai_Massage.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thai_massage
http://www.ancientmassage.com/history.htm

In health,

Jyoti