Happy Head Foot Reflexology and Massage Therapy offers a range of Asian style massage therapies alongside the traditional Western Swedish style massage, designed to help you relax, rejuvenate and recover. Thai massage is perhaps one of the better known of the Asian massage school in the west- but what exactly does it do? Below, we learn more about this therapy and its unique benefits for your body.
Thai massage is widely held to be one of the oldest styles of massage in existence today. It was supposedly developed by monks during the lifetime of the Buddha himself. It certainly draws heavily on the same school of thought as that used during acupuncture therapy, combining this with the philosophies of ancient Indian Yogic thought to provide a body practice designed to help heal and balance the flow of qi through the body. It is thought to activate healing within the body and promote wellbeing.
As with most Asian styles of massage, Thai style massage uses pressure points to help release tension in the body. These so called ‘sen’ points- of which there are 72000 throughout the body, although 10 are of the most importance to the massage process- allow for the unblocking of energy flow through the body, restoring balance and harmony. If that sounds too philosophical for you, know that Thai massage increases circulation and aids with toxin elimination throughout the body.
As with most Asian schools, Thai massage does not involve the removal of clothes nor any tools other than the massage therapist’s hands, legs, feet and knees. You will lie down on a massage mat on the floor, not a traditional Western table. A typical Thai massage involves 4 specific stretches.
The first is used to warm the body and manipulate it into a relaxed state, enabling the massage to be more productive. It works strongly on the hamstrings and legs. The plough stretch, a spine elongating stretch involving the legs and abdomen. The spine is then lengthened, with the therapist guiding the patient in the stretch of the back by manipulating their spine and shoulders. The fourth stretch also seeks to lengthen the spine and release tension in the shoulders and back. The therapist will pull, push and guide the patient through the correct procedures for each stretch.
If that sounds strenuous and a lot of effort, don’t despair. When in the hands of a skilled practitioner, nothing could be further from the truth, not should you be left with pain during or after the procedure. At the end of your session, you should feel relaxed, alert and calm.
Thai massage is a great preventative massage aimed at relaxing hidden tension in the body. Consider adding it to your spa package, or using it as a way to stretch out, relax and prevent painful tension build-up throughout the body. It’s a great stress buster, and should be considered as a part of any massage program aimed at relaxation and restoration of calm to the body. Why not give it a try today?