Traditional Ancient Thai massage is a unique form Bodywork that incorporates Hatha Yoga, acupressure and reflexology with origins dating back about 2500 years. The roots of Thai massage are traced back to the founder of the practice (known as "Father Doctor") Shivaga Komarpaj, doctor, friend and contemporary to the Buddha. Ancient Medical texts were carved in stone in attempts to preserve the tradition of Thai massage; these stone inscriptions still sit within the walls of the Wat Po temple in Bangkok. The Thai Method Unlike the scooping and continuous strokes of Western massage, the Thai method uses point pressure, muscle Streching and compression, done in a rhythmic movement of gentle rocking. In Thai massage it is not just the hands that are used to free tension stored in the recipients body, but the feet, forearms, knees, and elbows as well. Be assured northern style Thai massage is never painful. Thai massage is applied on a ma on the floor, the work is done fully clothed and no oils are required. Thai medical massage can move deeper into the mechanical functions of the body, working with deep muscle tension and joint mobility as well as nerve, muscle ligament balancing. There are six key points of Nuad Bo-Rarn (Thai Massage):
An ancient Indian system of head dating back thousands of years. Yoga is a sequence of postures that stretch the muscles, relax the body, calm the mind, and relieve tension. We practice yoga to prepare ourselves for giving Thai Massage; many yoga stretches are used in Nuad Bo-Rarn. As the recipient receives the benefits of yoga passively, Thai massage has been described as "Yoga that works as massage" or "Yoga for lazy people".
Exercise: The giver of Thai massage is always moving in a consistent rhythm and simultaneously benefits from the techniques being applied. Nuad Bo-Rarn is a form of exercise toning both the giver and the receiver.
Thai massage is given in ameditative state and from the principle of compassion. The rhythmi manipulations of Thai massage provide a haven for a natural response towards deep meditation.
Thai massage acts not only as a kind of "passive yoga" but also as a form of reflexology; focusing on the feet, hands, ears and face.
In Nuad Bo-Rarn we work on the energy lines (called Sen lines) of the body to relieve tension and blockage so that the energy can flow freely. These lines are similar to the meridians followed in the Chinese system of acupuncture.
The combination of yoga, reflexology and acupressure make Thai massage a very unique healing which are integrates mind, body, and spirit; thereby improving overall health and well-being.