An important element of Eastern medicine is the concept of life force or energy. In Yogic terms, it is referred to as Prana, in Chinese it is called Chi, and in Thai it is called Loom. All are referring to the basic principle of life force energy which flows along specific channels. Along these channels, called “Sen lines,” also known as “Prana Nadis” in Yoga, are specific energy points, that when blocked, stagnates the flow of energy in one area of the body. These blockages, caused by stress, tension, poor posture and injury can create disease. Typically, there will be pain or tension in some areas of the body (often causing toxic build up) before certain symptoms of an ailment will occur. It is to our advantage to work on physical imbalances before they develop into more serious diseases and before the toxic build up has caused damage to our internal organs.
Traditional Thai yoga massage provides benefit by stimulating pressure points to open the body’s energy pathways, allowing healing energy to flow freely and allowing the body to heal itself. Thai yoga massage works in a similar way to practicing yoga poses. As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the yogi releases the pose, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. Traditional Thai massage is a deep, full-body treatment, starting at the feet and progressing up to the head applying pressure on the “Sen lines”. It is the combination of yoga stretching, calmness of meditation, acupressure, and reflexology that makes it such an amazing healing art. Thai method uses mainly point pressure and muscle stretching.
Thai massage has many benefits for the individual. It uses the gentle pressure on energy lines and the yoga-like stretching to relax the whole body on a deeper level. This deeper level of relaxation improves the individual’s personal outlook, and their emotional status. Deep relaxation has been shown to promote a deeper, more restorative night’s sleep as well. This deeper sleep allows the body to heal itself, and lets you feel more refreshed upon awakening.
Thai massage helps to reduce the individual’s stress level and improve their overall circulation. This is accomplished by the gradual movement of the person through different yoga-like positions. This will enhance the person’s flexibility allowing for a greater range of motion, reducing muscular stress and strain. Thus, the slow movements allow for the mind and spirit to slow down and realize a true form of relaxation to center the individual. In doing this the stressors will not affect the person so much and this will help to level out the blood pressure. These stressors, in later life can cause heart problems. In centering oneself, and lowering the reaction to stressors, one will lower the occurrence of heart problems.
Thai massage allows the person to attain a true level of relaxation. The stress will be depleted from their muscles, facilitating a more fluid range of extension. This will help to increase your energy levels. With healthier muscles and increased energy, the person will be able to maintain a healthy weight.
Thai massage also enhances the circulatory system. It increases the circulation in the body. With increased circulation, more oxygen will be brought to the brain. This will lower the number of migraines and headaches the individual suffers from. Increased circulation will lower the chances of blood clotting in the arteries. Thai massage will rejuvenate and refresh you. It will help you think clearer because you will feel better after it.
And a lasting and constant practice also allows to alleviate the following disorders: arteriosclerosis, arthritis, asthma, back pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, chronic fatigue, diabetes, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headache, heart diseases, hypertension, inflammation, insomnia, migraine, neck pain, numbness, injury, partial paralysis, sciatica, shoulder pain, sprains, stiffness, straining of muscles and tendons, stress, whiplash pain.
-Mobilises the Joints:
The use of yoga-style manipulation releases tension in the joints, adding mobility and enhancing the range of movement. Thai massage can effectively help increase joint mobility and range of movement, particularly after a series of treatments. A reduction in joint pain and an increase in suppleness and enhanced flexibility can be gained from Thai massage therapy.
-Balances and Increases Energy:
Thai massage technique works along specific energy lines of the body. By physically stimulating the specific areas of the Sen energy lines, you can help to shift areas of stagnant energy, allowing for a healthier flow of energy. During a Thai massage, the massage therapist will work to manipulate these energy lines until it feels that the energy is sufficiently released. After this, the therapist will begin the stretching element of the massage.
-Can Treat Sciatica, Headaches & Neck Pain:
The use of acupressure, joint manipulation and release of energy flows all work in combination to release tension, ease nerve irritation, and alleviate pain. The way in which Thai massage combines a multitude of techniques allows it to target underlying dysfunction, which have contributed to symptoms of pain in a holistic and highly effective manner.
-Prevention from illness:
Traditional Thai massage not only gives relaxation to the body but can also prevent from illness and relieves back pain. Thai massage can increase the blood flow and promote the production of several hormones in the body that play important role in maintaining the body’s immune system. People who take regular Thai massage will have better ability to prevent the body from disease compare to them who didn’t take Thai massage experience.
-Slower aging process:
In addition to meditation and yoga, Thai massage has great effects of the body’s aging process. The combination of yoga, meditation and acupressure in Thai massage increases the blood flow and the release of several hormones in the body which promote cell regeneration and reparation. By having regular Thai Massage, it will not only make you healthier but will help you to look younger.
-Reduce the symptom of arthritis:
Arthritis is a disease that causes joints pain, and can be unbearable. Thai massage can improve blood circulation as well as improve the flexibility and strength of joints. It also restricts the release of prostaglandin, the substance that causes pain to some parts of the body, including the joints.
-Improves mental qualities:
Thai massage is performed by following a specific rhythm and flow, that in addition to freeing the energy flow, and stretching the body anatomically, will bring the receiver into a state of deep relaxation that will help to clear and calm the mind. It will also help the individual to gain mental clarity, to improve the concentration and creativity, and to improve emotional balance. It will improve mental stamina and help to develop self-awareness both of which will lead the receiver to a more conscious way of living and taking care of the self. All these benefits will bring a fundamental improvement of health and vitality.