Thai massage-sometimes described as “Passive Yoga”. Thai massage blends three key elements to good health: Acupressure,Yoga & Meditation. The healing techniques of Thai Massage embrace the four states of mind: loving kindness,compassion,joy and balance.
What is Thai Massage?
Thai massage is one of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine, along with herbal medicine and spiritual meditation.
The History of Thai Massage
To understand where Thai massage is today, we return to its origins — specifically, to the founder of Thai massage, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a personal physician of the Buddha more than 2,500 years ago. Thai massage, in fact, developed within the environment of Buddhist temples, reflecting the spirit of metta (unconditional love and compassion) and vipassana (moment-to-moment awareness).
As a practical application of these two forms of meditation, Thai massage emphasizes that, in its deepest essence, the massage is a meditative healing experience for both the recipient and the practitioner.
Sessions in Jivaka’s time were known to last several hours as part of a regular, spiritual practice.
How is Thai Massage Done?
It is a full-body massage, performed on a floor mat, with both parties in loose, comfortable clothes. It incorporates t’ai chi moves, rhythmic motion, palming and thumbing along energy lines (sen lines), gentle stretching and the conscious use of breath. The practitioner uses his/her hands, feet, arms and legs to guide the recipient into various yoga postures, while remaining focused on their own body-center. This combination of movements and focused awareness creates a slow, flowing “dance” around the recipient’s body.
Thai massage has been described as assisted Hatha yoga. During a session, the practitioner pays careful attention to the recipient’s level of flexibility and breath as they gently move the individual into different poses. Each pose is designed to open up the body and allow energy to flow freely along the sen lines (72,000 of which have been mapped out, although 10 major ones are focused on Thai massage). This “opening” increases joint mobility and flexibility, improves circulation, tonifies organs, and relieves muscular and emotional tension.