What is a Thai Massage?
Unlike other traditional styles of massage therapy, the Thai massage style revolves around stretching and splaying out flt on the floor with an accompanying deep tissue rubdown. This is a bit different than the types of massages you might expect involving a massage chair, or other surface, but it is very similar to therapies found involving use with massage mats. In Thailand, the name for it is nuat phaen boran, which literally means the ancient-manner massage.
It has been said that the inventor and founder of the Thai-style massage is a man known as Jīvaka Komarabhācca (also known as Shivago Komarpaj). The name of the massage referring to an ancient practice is appropriate here, because in the canonical text of the Pāli Buddhist doctrines, Komarabhācca is credited as the personal medical physician and massage therapist of the Buddha from over 2,500 years ago. The style arose from finding common ground among other medicinal and massage practices, as seen in Southeast Asian, Indian, and northwestern Chinese cultures.
In present times, it has seen much use in Thailand natives and people who have developed their style based on those of the Thailand people. Once Chinese medicine became incorporated into the Ayurvedic customs of the Thai, they became practically synonymous with one another. In short, both are often combined, depending on needs.
How does a Thai Massage Feel?It is certainly more rough than other massage therapies. It is radically different in delivery than you might find from, say, a Swedish massage variant. The purpose of the massage is not to relax necessarily, but to feel re-energized and rejuvenated. In addition to classic maneuvers involving the palms and fingers, the massage therapist practicing Thai traditions will also have the client stretch their legs, arms, feet, and other parts of the body, as needed. This is why it has been referred to as Thai yoga, because the two can be similar at times.
Many therapists practicing the Thai massage use acupressure, and other things seen in Chinese healing, such as muscle compression.
Thai Massage Benefits
Getting a Thai massage can improve a person’s range of motion, which helps accident or stroke victims considerably. The body and mind become centered and ‘refueled,’ in a sense. Energy is supplied to the client. In addition to reducing stress, it also improves circulation and flexibility. These are the most obvious benefits to receiving one. You may notice that it is similar to other therapies, which is an astute observation – much of the benefits are alike. While there are a few divergences, depending on which areas are worked, the movements across the human body are pretty similar. The styles feel different though, so the results can feel different.
Thai Massage Precautions
Do not get massaged if you have had surgery recently. If you suspect you may have a hernia or fracture, avoid getting poked, prodded and rubbed down. Massage therapy is not for people undergoing infections or open wounds. It is also not for women who are pregnant, or people who are prone to having blood clots and other disruptions involved that may become dislodged in the massage. Ask your physician before a vigorous massage like this.
Thai Massage Tips and Pointers
Avoid eating heavily before the massage, because this can cause upset stomach. During the procedure, communicate with your therapist, and let him or her know if you experience any pain or discomfort – whether they are causing it, or whether it is being caused by there being something physically wrong with you. Both cases should be examined. As with any therapy, completely relax and let the professional handle things. Do not tense up.