History of Thai Massage

Thai Massage is relatively new to modern spas. The roots of Thai massage are actually in India, where the concept of body energy lines was extended to include physical manipulation of these lines to increase or improve energy flow throughout the body. Early writings indicate that the philosophy originated in northern India as early as 500 B.C. The teachings later spread and combined with Chinese medical concepts in Thailand.

Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing. Thai massage takes place on a futon mat on the floor, and you wear loose fitting clothing. Some spas, like Spa Lux, provide you with an outfit to wear. Others may ask you to wear something loose and comfortable, like sweat pants, during your Thai massage. You start by laying on your back, and the therapist uses gentle compression and stretching techniques to open up your body, beginning with you legs. Some people say Thai massage is a little like doing yoga without any effort, because the therapist will push your body into various positions without any work on your part.

This is one of the world’s oldest healing modalities. It is a blend of massage, acupressure, energy work, and gentle yoga stretches. Benefits from a session may include: releasing tight joints, stretching muscles, increasing range of motion, and reducing stress. Thai massage is known in Thailand as Nuat phaen boran, correctly translates only as ancient massage or traditional massage. Thai massage has its roots in a spiritual tradition, and its purpose is to heal a person physically, emotionally and spiritually.

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