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Thai massage, the mindful massage

A balancing, meditative workout for the body, mind, and soul

I worked for many years as an international spa manager, in some of the world’s top spas.

I was fortunate enough to train at the famous WatPo – the Thai massage temple in Bangkok; it was a wonderful opportunity to learn this ancient treatment first hand.

Traditional Thai massage is one of the most important aspects of the Asian spa regime. That works on the philosophy that energy circulates within the body.

With energy referred to as ‘Prana’, if the flow of energy becomes restricted or blocked, illness or disease may occur, manifesting itself within the body both physically and emotionally.

Thai massage aims to clear these blockages, allowing the energy to flow naturally along the meridian lines.

The holistic benefits of Thai massage on the body

Traditional Thai massage has many benefits; it uses pressure on specific points and yoga-like stretches. These moves help relieve muscular stress and tension, stretching the muscle fibres and improving the body’s range of motion.

  • promotes a feeling of well being
  • improves energy levels
  • it centres the mind and body
  • stimulates circulation
  • increases flexibility and range of movement
  • aids in anxiety and stress relief
  • unblocks energy lines, aiding in relaxation
  • repeated massage offers short term pain relief from aching and sore muscles

Relieves symptoms of headaches: Court-type is a specific form of Thai massage that involves gently applying pressure to specific energy channels in the body. It is an effective treatment for people who suffer from chronic tension headaches.

Boosts energy levels: Research has found that this massage can increase energy levels. A randomized trial examined the effects of both Thai and Swedish massage – it was found that those who suffered from fatigue and tiredness, felt significantly more energised after receiving Thai massage and their mental stimulation was also increased, whilst those who received Swedish massage found they had improved relaxation and were able to sleep better.

Thai massage technique

Before treatment commences, the practitioner begins the session with ‘Puja’. This involves a moment of centring and connecting; this technique helps slow down respiration through controlled breathing, bringing the body, mind, and spirit into a state of harmony.

During the massage the client is fully clothed, no oils are used, only pressure from the practitioner’s arms, knees, feet, thumbs, and fingers, the practitioner intuitively knows where to press and kneed relieve muscle tension.

The technique involves stretching and deep massage. Its methodology is all about releasing muscles and penetrating deep into the tissue – stretching of the neck and body is also carried out. This helps to release toxins from the blood. This form of acupressure helps to detoxify the body, stimulating the lymphatic system, and releasing lymphatic acid, cleansing the body of waste.

Conclusion

Traditional Thai massage is a really holistic treatment – an ancient practice with many benefits supported by modern science.

This form of massage works on several physiological levels; it can reduce the severity of your headaches, and anxiety, decrease lower back and joint pain, increase your flexibility and energize your mind and body.

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