Thai massage is one of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine, the others being herbal medicine and spiritual meditation. Traditional Thai massage has been practiced for at least 1000 years. Thai massage takes its roots from Tui Na Chinese massage and manipulation, Ayurvedic Indian massage and Shiatsu Japanese massage, which dates back over 4000 years. Indian yoga has a very obvious influence in Thai massage and this is apparent in the extremely disciplined manner in which the energy channels known as Sen are treated.
Sen is the name given to the flow of the body's vital life energy. This energy powers all the physical, mental and emotional processes which will only function normally when energy supply matches demand. The careful application of pressure along these channels help to release any energy blockages and stagnation. The pressing and stretching of muscles makes them more receptive to this flow.
In the Western World, stiffness and loss of flexibility are regarded as the inevitable result of the ageing process. How you feel physically, mentally and emotionally is far more important than your physical age. This is where Thai massage is unique in its ability to preserve youthfulness.
Special tips after Thai massage:
- Add 2 handfuls of cooking salt or table salt to a jug
- Add the boiling water to the jug and stir well until the salt has dissolved
- Put the salt water into the bath
- Running warm water into the bath
- Let your body soak in the bath for between 40 and 60 minutes
- After your bath rinse your body with clean water, then dry your body with a towel.
- This will help you to feel much better. If you have a good restful sleep over night this also helps to relieve the aches and pains you suffer from a long hard day, stress from work or a long drive.
- This is also recommended to people who are feeling tired, unwell or have a cold.
- This is also useful for people who walk a lot or stand on their feet all day. By soaking your feet in the foot spa and adding some salt it will help relieve foot ache.