What is thai massage?
The History of thai massage
The exact historical details of when and how Thai Massage was developed remains unclear, though many experts believe that it originated in India over 2,500 years ago around the time of the Buddha. It's founder, Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, was an Ayurvedic physician to the Buddha himself, and it is believed that as Buddhism spread throughout southeast Asia, so did the massage techniques that Jivaka practiced and developed. These techniques were preserved in Thailand where they were cultivated through an unbroken chain of masters for centuries. Thai Massage, as we know it today, is a comprehensive system of healing that stems from Thai, Indian, and Chinese spheres of healing and medicine. It is a constantly evolving art form that carries with it a rich history of wisdom and insight into the body and its innate capacity to heal.
The art of thai massage
Thai Massage integrates assisted yogic stretches with the application of therapeutic massage techniques, comprising mostly of rhythmic compression, acupressure, and energy line work. Each session is designed to meet the needs of the recipient, so no two sessions look exactly the same. Thai Massage can benefit anyone, regardless of one's body-type or level of flexibility, and many people leave a session feeling a deeper sense of relaxation and self-embodiment.
Thai Massage works on a spectrum of levels - physical, emotional, and spiritual. Not only does it feel grounding and is calming for the mind, it also promotes the movement of stagnant energy in the body that may be contributing to chronic or acute pain and suffering.
Within the body is vast wisdom. Wisdom to heal, to replenish, and to restore. Sometimes, whether due to physical/emotional stress or illness, the flow of energy that allows our bodies to remain healthy becomes blocked. Thai Massage assists in the clearing of these energetic blockages, returning the body to a state of balance. This may lead to better health, decreased pain and stress, and an overall feeling of peace and relaxation.