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Thai Massage Method

Thai massage

What is Thai Massage?

Thai massage is a system of massage and assisted stretching developed in Thailand, and influenced by thetraditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia.

Thai massage
Thai massage

You can take a look at serveral Thai massage video clips at bottom this page.

This form of bodywork is often performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai massage.

In the Thai language it is usually called nuat phaen thai (Thai: นวดแผนไทย; lit. Thai-style massage) or nuat phaen boran (Thai: นวดแผนโบราณ, IPA: [nûət pʰɛ̌ːn boːraːn]; lit. ancient-style massage), though its formal name is merely nuat thai (Thai: นวดไทย, lit. Thai massage) according to the Traditional Thai Medical Professions Act, BE 2556 (2013)

Thai Massage at the Barai hua hin - Thailand
Thai Massage at the Barai hua hin – Thailand

Let’s talk about Thai massage pratice

The massage recipient changes into loose, comfortable clothes and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. It can be done solo or in a group of a dozen or so patients in the same large room. The receiver may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the massage. The body will be energized and rejuvenated after the massage.

The massage practitioner leans on the recipient’s body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows the Sen lines on the body—somewhat analogous to meridians or channels and Indian nadis. Legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action. A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and arching the recipient into bhujangasana (or cobra position). There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the practitioner will adjust to fit each individual client.

The true practice of the art of healing in traditional nuad boran (thai massage) is the compassionate intent of the healer. The Buddhist spiritual practices associated with thai massage cultivate humility, awareness, and concentration in the healer designed to bring the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness of herself and the client. This compassionate state of being is termed “metta”, which usually translates as “loving kindness”.

Some info about Thai massage history

The founder of Thai massage and medicine is said to have been Shivago Komarpaj (ชีวกโกมารภัจจ์ Jīvaka Komarabhācca), who is said in the Pāli Buddhist Canon to have been the Buddha’s physician over 2,500 years ago. In fact, the history of Thai massage is more complex than this legend of a single founder would suggest. Thai massage, like TTM more generally, is a combination of influences from Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian cultural spheres and traditions of medicine. The art as it is practiced today is likely to be the product of a 19th century synthesis of various healing traditions from all over the kingdom. Even today, there is considerable variation from region to region across Thailand, and no single routine or theoretical framework that is universally accepted among healers.

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Some good massage place you can visit when in Thailand:

The Oriental Bangkok Spa48 Oriental Avenue, Bangkok 10500, Thailand
Điện thoại: +66 (2) 659 9000 ext 7440 or 7444

The Barai Hua Hin
91 Hua Hin – Khao Takiap Road, Hua Hin, Thailand 77110
Tel: +66 3 252 1234
Fax: +66 3 252 1233

Chiva-Som International Resort
73/4 Petchkasem Road, Hua Hin
Prachuab Khirikhan, 77110, Thailand
Tel: +66 (0) 3253 6536
Fax: +66 (0) 3251 1154

Some Thai massage video clips

Thai Asian Body Massage Therapy How to, Low Back Pain Techniques Sciatica

In this video, Jen shares her secrets about how to relieve pain due to sciatica or tension on the sciatic nerve using Thai Massage techniques.

About Jen: “I specialize in therapeutic touch and have found my passion in the healing arts. Combining techniques for massage with the physicality of yoga and the deep relaxation of meditation and breath work, I guide my clients on a journey of self awakening and self healing.”

Asian Thai Massage Legs & Hamstrings Stretch How To

A Thai massage therapy lession

Thai Medical Face Neck & Head Massage in Thailand

Funny clip: Thai Massage with Happy Ending

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