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Thai Massage - The Best of All Worlds

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This all-encompassing, ancient art dates back over 2500 years to the temples and traditions of Buddhism and even Buddha himself.

Thai Massage is considered by some to be the mother (or father) of all bodyworks but to describe it simply in these terms does it a grave injustice. Unlike most therapies which focus in on a certain aspect of the body or mind, Thai Massage encompasses our whole being by working on our muscles, skeleton and the internal energy within our body, considered so important in Eastern philosophies. With deep stretches (often assisted with yoga-like postures), compression of muscles by palm pressure, joint mobilisation and acupressure along sen (energy) lines and on acupressure points, Thai Massage is the total workout and reconnection our body, mind and soul are so often seeking.

The unhurried gentle rocking and rhythmical style of Thai Massage, together with the moves and postures designed to open up the energy channels, can often induce a meditative state, where all sense of time is lost (it is not unusual for this state to be reached within just 10 minutes!). This 'state' enhances our body's ability to heal itself and restore inner balance by instilling complete relaxation and calm.

What does it do

Traditionally, a Thai Massage can take up to 4 hours but here in the West a massage is normally 1 - 2 hours long, with the longer massage always being recommended if time and money allow.

During a massage, the practitioner works systematically through the entire body, literally from the tips of the toes to the crown of the head. The effect is to increase energy levels, melt away stress and tension, improve flexibility and bring balance to the body, mind and spirit. Not surprisingly for a therapy that originates from the 'Land of Smiles', this wonderful art also brings a great happiness within and a big smile without.

People who have experienced Thai Massage express feelings of absolute calm, a lightness of being, feeling taller or ironed out, more energised, alive and carefree.

What to expect

Thai Massage is practiced on the floor on a mat or blanket and you remain dressed in loose and comfortable clothing throughout the session (great news for the more inhibited among us!).

As you lie on your back, the practitioner starts working on your feet with a gentle rocking motion from one to the other using palm pressure. The massage continues up your body, working on the entire musculo-skeletal system to release tension and opening the energy channels as it goes. The practitioner may use their elbows, forearms, feet, knees etc. as they work on your body too.

You may be asked to lie on your side or front, to give the practitioner the best possible access to the area of your body being worked on. The massage nears its conclusion with a mini head massage (similar to an Indian Head Massage). Then, as you adopt a sitting position, further work into your upper body is carried out followed by a gentle 'chopping' to your shoulders to bring your focus back to the here and now.

Thai Massage is used as a remedial and preventative therapy. It is excellent for backache, neck ache, shoulder pain, numbness in limbs, tired legs, headaches, stress, emotional upset and mental fatigue. It also encourages healthier sleep patterns, which gives our nervous system the fighting chance it needs to promote self healing and restore balance.

There is no age limit for a Thai Massage but it is not recommended for those who have had recent surgery, are pregnant, or suffer from heart disease.

Contributed by
Gill Douglas BSc. Dip. Sen Therapy, Reiki IIIA

 

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