Thai Massage has been considered as one of the most effective massage therapies since earlier times. In fact, people say that it has the ability to reduce pain similar to a medication of Ibuprofen. Thai Massage is a combination massage of dry therapy and several other compressing and stretching movements just like Yoga. It has the ability to benefit almost every body organ.
Coming down to the pages of history belonging to Thai Massage, it is an ancient therapy practiced in Thailand since thousands of years. It is however, believed to over 2500 years old as introduced by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha (Shivago Kompara), who was a friend of the Buddha with tremendous knowledge about medicines. Shivago is believed to be the most popular Thai healer and the inventor of the Thai traditional medicine. This is why he is known to be the “Father Doctor”. This is why therapists are seen thanking this Father Doctor, before and after every massage.
There are several experts and researchers who have been reporting that Thai medicine is believed to be coming from the “Rural” and “Royal Traditions. The rural traditions refer to the non-scholarly and informal methods of the education. These have been passed down to the next generations via certain secret codes either transmitted orally or in written forms from the teacher to their pupils. While on the other side, the Royal tradition of Thai medicine is said to be created at the royal court and been influenced from India, China, the Muslim cultures, as well. It is also said to receive its grounded influence from the Ayurvedic traditions of India, as well.
Even though the evolution of techniques and the practices being followed in Thai Massage is said to be followed in Thailand, the actual origin of the Thai Massage is actually traced from India. The parts of yoga philosophy being followed in the therapy are against rooted from Ancient India.
Thai Massage- Principles
- Thai Massage is said to be the most different massage therapy as compared to the others that involves tissue manipulation.
- It is more of a dry massage therapy and doesn’t involve the use of any kind of oil or lotion.
- It is mainly performed by using motions of deep compressing, rhythmic pressing, and aeries of stretching actions.
- Each of the pressure, motion, tension, and vibration is used to improve the blood circulation of that particular area.
Health Benefits of Thai Massage
There is a number of health benefits associated with Thai Massage:-
It relaxes and eases the muscles and relieves the correlated pain
It helps in increasing the muscles flexibility
Supports higher blood and lymph circulation
Performs the relief treatment for musculoskeletal pain involvements
Improves the body’s immunity
Promotes the mental relaxation
Reduces fatigue and other insomniac problems
With the grounded roots of Thai massage from India, the benefits of it are expansive. The other massage therapies that equally work with the similar health benefits are aromatherapy, deep tissue massage, Reflexology Massage, etc.