Massage is one of the oldest forms of solution for healthcare. The natural & self-healing capability of a person is stimulated through rubbing, stroking & kneading the body with knowledge of the principles of human anatomy structural makeup. The most important element of a massage is “touch”. A soothing touch comforts mind & relaxes body. Also, it is a scientific fact that a soothing touch like the one used in massage releases body’s internally made pain killers called endorphins.
There are various kinds of massages. One of the most popular types of massage is the Thai Massage. In this massage, the therapist applies pressure to definite points on the body to encourage the flow of energy in the body. The therapist makes the client move around in a number of different postures to stretch the body. Thai massage has been voted the one of the most energizing & refreshing massage techniques.
History & Technique
Thai massage is a modern way of massaging & being quite new to modern massages. It was brought by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, who was a physician of the Buddha, about 2,500 years back in India. It then made its way to Thailand later.
To carry out this massage, one would need a futon mat & should be wearing loose clothes. Then a person needs to lie on the back and the massage starts with gentle compression & stretching techniques to initially loosen the body, starting with the legs. Since the therapist uses hands, legs, knees & feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches, it is also called Thai yoga massage. Some people say Thai massage feels like doing yoga without any work as the energy is out in the therapist only.