It is one of the attractions that are most promoted for tourists who want to travel to Thailand. It is also one of the alternatives that we have available in several massage centers in the main cities of the world.
Thai massage is based on an ancient technique practiced by Buddha’s personal doctor. In this article we will tell you a little more about him and what his benefits are.
What is a Thai massage?
Undoubtedly, it is one of the best techniques for our muscles to recover their elasticity, stop being in tension and say goodbye to pain.
You may think that it is something too exotic or unattainable for you. But you do not have to travel to Southeast Asia to enjoy it! More and more centers offer Thai massage among its services and with qualified personnel (often Thai masseurs or those of that origin).
Many believe that a Thai massage has to do with sex and even prostitution. But this is not so. The technique goes beyond this and aims to recover sore muscles and relieve tension accumulated in any part of the body.
There are several stretches that are carried out in each session. These also promote mobility of the joints. Thai massage is of great importance in the tradition of that country and works the body in an individualized way.
The influences of this technique are Ayurveda medicine and hatha yoga (from India) and date from 2 500 years ago. Since then it has evolved and has become a sophisticated and powerful art.
It is associated with monasteries and towns outside of Bangkok. Although in these places you can enjoy a good Thai massage, there are centers that offer it in the other cities of the country … And even in prison!
So is. In the women’s prison service of Chiang Mai (north of Thailand) many residents and tourists go to sessions carried out by inmates. It may be a little scary, but these prisoners have to do a thorough course first.
In addition, they are those who have 6 months of the sentence. The money they earn is saved for when they go free so they can start their new life.
How is Thai massage applied?
It is based on various movements of pressure and extension very similar to those of yoga and shiatsu. It works the muscle and connective tissue, as well as the energy lines of the body (called “sen”).
The practice of this massage is related to the loving kindness or loving compassion that Buddhism preaches. Therefore, the basis of the technique has to do with well-being, pleasant care, and comprehensive patient care.
In addition, the pressure is exerted on the affected areas to increase the temperature. You also work a lot with your feet: you press them to reach the strongest muscles. And it is taught about the best positions to avoid new contractures.
The approximate time of a session is estimated between an hour and a half and two hours.
Many of the manipulations are complex and require flexibility and strength in the masseuse since it has to adopt unusual positions to lock (or fix) with feet, legs, knees or buttocks an area of the patient’s body while twisting, moving or pulling. another with his arms.
The therapist stands at their feet and begins by gently pressing on them following the meridians in order to open them and facilitate the energetic fluid. The movements that he makes with his hands are slow, of variable pressure and are accompanied by his own breathing; with this, he seeks that the receiver follows his breathing rhythm in order to relax.
They follow a series of manipulations designed to stretch the legs. Each muscle must be brought to a point of stretching slightly greater than that achieved by the patient by his own movement. The masseur does this work with both hands, knees, forearms, and feet, sometimes using the other leg of the patient to exercise some kind of lever.
Both the placement of the hands and feet by the masseuse, have in these techniques the greatest importance because, in some cases, it is to press sensitive points, in others, to stretch the fascia, relax the muscle, mobilize the joints, etc.
What are the benefits of Thai massage?
Once you choose to do a massage of this type your life will change forever. It’s not an exaggeration … You just have to try it! Some of the advantages that will bring you are:
Relax the body
This type of massage works on the “meridians” of the body (like acupuncture) to eliminate blockages that cause tension, nerves, etc. This allows a total relaxation of the muscles and an elimination of the negative energies that make you sick.
Activates the blood supply
The worked area will improve blood circulation and this will help to recover and heal faster. In addition, this has as a consequence that the body has adequate muscle tone and future injuries are avoided.
In general, Thai massage is recommended for people with spinal or cervical pain and even for patients suffering from bone cancer. Eliminates pain in specific areas when applying pressure.
Both at the articular and muscular levels. It helps to have an optimal state of health and prevents future pain resulting from daily activities or sports. In addition, it allows increasing the corporal conscience and the control by the movements and extremities.
On the other hand, it facilitates the muscular amplitude and the correct execution of exercises or postures.
It benefits the skin
As if that were not enough, Thai massage is used to improve the appearance of the dermis by stimulating circulation in the capillaries. They balance the sebaceous secretion and leave the skin more hydrated and soft.
Thus, it is perfect to prevent wrinkles and sagging.
More benefits of Thai massage:
- Relieves menstrual pain
- Reduces nausea
- It improves the digestive system.
- It facilitates the elimination of toxins.
- Improves the quality of
- Improves the functioning of internal organs.
- It facilitates mental and physical relaxation.
- It allows connecting the body with the mind and space.
- Reduce insomnia
- Relieves headaches and neuralgia.
- Improves arthritis, osteoarthritis, and deformations of the spine (such as scoliosis)
Thai massage cannot be given if the patient suffers from cancer, has some acute ailment, osteoporosis, febrile or infectious states, thrombophlebitis, arteriosclerosis or is pregnant or with an acute rheumatic disease.
Anyway, in the presence of diseases that have not been mentioned, it is always advisable to consult with a qualified therapist.
As in some manipulations, the joints and muscles have been taken to a greater effort than usual, some problems may be felt during the hours following the session. Then, the receiver will feel much more relaxed, with a clearer mind and a better mood.
To avoid these inconveniences, it is necessary to leave the dead body as relaxed as possible; Do not resist the manipulations of the therapist.
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