Thai Massage is referred to by many names in the holistic community some of them include Ancient Thai Massage, Yoga Massage, and in native Thailand it is known as Nuad Phaen Boran.
Thai Massage aims to realign the energies in the body. Unlike European style, traditional Thai massage focuses on circulation and pressure points, promoting internal health as well as muscular flexibility. However the main differentiation between Thai and Western massage is that Thai Massage involves peripheral stimulating, meaning it acts as an external stimulant to produce specific internal effects within the body.
During a traditional Thai massage the masseuse will use their hands, elbows, knees and feet to apply various pressures to the sen (or energy lines) along the body. The sen are taken very seriously in Thailand because they are considered the keys to a happy and healthy life. If a sen becomes blocked, the individual can suffer a range of ailments chronic pain, disease and if left untreated, even death.
Thai Massage identifies 72,000 sen within the human body, 10 of which hold top priority. The freedom of energy through all of the sen within the body will mean perfect harmony and health the ideal mind-body connection.
Thai Massage is practiced on a firm mat on the floor instead of on a massage table. The masseuse will only use their own body weight to apply various pressures to the sen. Except for their feet, the client remains fully clothed during a Thai Massage.
The pressure of a Thai massage is said to differ with each masseuse. Compared to the pressure we are used to in Western massages, Thai may be a bit harder than were used to. Thai massage is often considered too strenuous; however the worst thing a client can do during a Thai massage is tense up in order to fight the pressure of the masseuses stroke. This can damage your muscles and cause unnecessary strain. For the massage to be effective the client must give themselves over to the masseuse, and the masseuse must be able to freely manipulate the clients limbs to encourage blood and lymph flow, and encourage the unblocking of blocked sen.