release tension and feel nurtured by a form of Thai Massage that induces deep relaxation by working on the meridians, muscles and fascia of the body paired with the practitioner's meditative movement and regulated breath
Historical Roots of Thai Massage Thai massage is often thought of in context of Bangkok's infamous night-life and the massage parlors that offer services quite different from genuine massage. Traditional Thai massage, however, stems from a long history of therapeutic healing. The techniques of therapeutic massage practiced in Thailand, in fact, have their roots in India and not in Thailand.
Theoretical Foundation of Thai Massage The theoretical foundation of Thai Massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body known as Nadis in Indian philosophy or Meridians known in Chinese Medicine. Yoga philosophy states that life energy (called 'Prana' in yoga philosophy and referred to as 'chi' in Chinese Medicine) is absorbed with the air we breathe and with the food we eat. The human being is supplied with this Prana or vital energy, through the Nadis (the aforementioned energy lines). Thai Massage has selected the 10 main lines, called Sen, on which there are especially important acupressure points. Massaging these points through applying pressure and increasing flexibility, allows for practical treatment of the whole body and its internal organs. Disturbances in the flow of Prana or vital energy result in an insufficient supply of Prana to the rest of the body, which leads to illness. Working on the energy lines through massage can break the blockages and stimulate the free flow of Prana to help restore general wellbeing.
Loving Kindness and the Spirit of Thai Massage In traditional Thai Massage, the practice was never regarded as a mere job. Massage was always considered to be a spiritual practice. The giving of massage was understood to be a physical application of Metta, the word used in Theravada Buddhism to denote loving kindness or benevolence. The masseuse prepares him- /her-self spiritually, to give a massage in this spirit of Loving Kindness. In practical Terms During Thai Massage you remain clothed. You will lie down on your back on a large matrass specially designed for Thai Massage practice. Your therapist will begin with a meditative prayer to fully center herself and to connect with Loving Kindness to you. A full-body massage takes about 90 minutes, during which your therapist works with full awareness, mindfulness and concentration. The 90-minute full-body massage works on all 10 of the Sen (energy lines) of the body.
Depending on what you needed most, at the end of the massage you may feel tired and relaxed or energized and ready to rumble!
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