History and origins of Thai massage: More than 2500 years ago the ascetics of India arrived in northern Thailand exchanging their knowledge and religious traditions. Synthesis of tui na massage (already popular in Thailand thanks to the Chinese tradition) and the ayurveda massage, the founder gave rise to Thai massage, preserved in monastic circles as Buddhist spiritual practice was popularized until the village system.
The system was passed in oral tradition since the early eighteenth century and was written in sacred religious texts. These texts were looted and in 1832 King Rama III had them write in stone so you do not lose again. The surviving texts today can be seen at Swayambhunath temple, the largest church in the city that hosts the famous Emerald Buddha.
Art of Thai massage
Traditional Thai massage as many Asian systems is a technique used to give the recipient an overall experience of your entire body. It is similar to acupressure massage combined with stretching or yoga asanas. In many circles it has been called the “passive yoga”. The Thai massage has a global effect on the physical, restorative and regenerative body and a balancing effect on the energy level of the receptor.
Work on energy lines or “sen”. The lines are sen in India Ayurvedic called treason. nadis or lines that regulate vital energy or prana throughout the body. The difference between nadis and meridians is very subtle nadis some say manovahi address two functions and pranavahini (mental energy and vital energy) and the meridians are more concerned with regulating the physical body.
Thai massage technique is based on very specific characteristics:
* Pressure points or vital marma points.
* Pressure on the power lines “sen” or nadis.
* Manipulation of the body musculature.
* Joint and muscle stretching.
He works on the physical and subtle field make this a unique and comprehensive massage technique.
Effects of massage
On the receiver:
* The joy of receiving
* Calm and quiet
* The simplicity of accepting help
* Feeling of freedom
* Increase of vital energy
* Balance of prana or vital energy
* Opening blocked areas and balance chakras
* Releases muscle tension and pain
* Strengthening the body and mind
* Regulates blood circulation and lymphatic system
* Increased flexibility
* Balance of the nervous system
* Deep Relaxation
About the practitioner:
* The joy of giving
* Feeling useful
* Knowledge of the natural balance of body movements
* Develops strength of the joints
* Identify weak areas
* Develops body reading
* Knowledge and practice
* The ethical principles
* Self-control and self-study
* Body control and breathing
* If heart problems, hypertension make a very smooth nothing stimulating massage.
* If not perform osteoporosis of stretching and breakouts
* If dentures do not make part of stretching and breakouts
* In case of burns, psoriasis escemas or not massage those areas.
* If pregnant, perform a relaxing massage and restorative work always or back or side. Massage from the third month of pregnancy and not after the eighth.
* If varices not make a very deep massage.
* In case of serious illness consult a doctor.
Subtle Anatomy: The great secret of Thai Massage.
The subtle anatomy has been one of the great secrets of Thai massage. It is based on 9 lines of energy or sen lines (nadis) and 32 pressure points or marma.
However classical texts speak of a total 72,000 energy lines bisecting: pranavaha nadi (drivers pranic force or vital energy), and nadis manovaha (drivers mental strength).
Ayurveda also recognizes 107 marma points as all of these.