What is Thai massage?
The beginnings of Thai massage is credited to Dr. Shivago Komarpaj, who was a contemporary of Buddha. He is considered the father of medicine in Thailand. Thai massage has roots in Indian Ayurvedic medicine. It also has influence of yoga and Chinese medicine.
Traditional Thai massage is practiced wearing confortable clothes, on a thin mattress or futon on the ground. It is practiced in 4 positions: supine, prone, side and sitting. A massage usually lasts 1h30-2h. The therapist pressures the muscles and Sen lines, which are as meridians where energy flows. Stretches are also made. The effect of these stretches are like passive yoga.
- Increases flexibility and improves skin texture
- Activate venous and lymphatic return
- Increases joint mobility, strength and muscle elasticity
- Removes fat
- Increases diuresis
- Allows smooth functioning of internal organs.