About Thai massage
From the history of massages
Massage is one of the oldest forms of therapy, which has been known to almost all cultures. The oldest records which mention massage stretch back to ancient Egypt and China. The NeiThingSouWen canon (code) dating back to 3700 BC, documents the use of acupuncture and acupressure. Confucius’ works also mention massage. The Persians, Babylonians and Assyrians are all known to have enjoyed and documented massage as a form of relaxation and healing. The ancient Romans and Greeks also could not do without massage. The culture of the body and hygiene was truly at a very high point during that era. The Greek doctor Galénus applied massage to gladiators. Different methods were applied prior to their fights and different methods following them, if they survived.
The word massage is believed to originate from the Greek word “massein” or from the Arabic base “mas” which meant to rub or mold. From ancient China, massage spread through India into Thailand, where it found a new home.
Two thousand years of experience
The art of Thai massage has been practiced in a virtually unchanged manner for a period of two thousand years. The founder is considered to be Buddha’s close friend and doctor, Jivaka. His healing methods in conjunction with traditional Chinese medicine and ancient Indian Ayurveda were adopted and developed by Buddhist monks in Thai shrines and temples. This influence of foreign styles lead to the eventual formation of what we now refer to as Thai massage. Thai massage is based around the concept of energy pathways known as Sen, through which we supply our own body with its life energy. Through careful massage and stretching, the energy is then distributed around the entire body.
Thai massage lowers pains and relieves of stress. It is often also used as a preventative measure and to protect the health. It releases tension, strengthens the nervous system, calms the mind and instills a sense of harmony. Thai massage affects the internal balance of the entire body.
Styles and schools
In Thai massage, one can recognize two distinct styles, two schools. The first is the so-called northern style, taught in the north Thai town of ChiangMai. It is characterized by slow, gradual relaxation, has its own rhythm and is usually considered as a milder style as opposed to the southern style. It focuses more on working on the energy paths.
The southern style is attributed to the WatPho monastery. It is more direct and uses more stretching techniques – characterized by a faster tempo. In modern times, the two styles often combine with each masseur having their own personal style.
Indications - Why should one undergo Thai massage?
- Brings on deep relaxation, rest and calm for the body and mind
- Removes pains and stiffness in muscles and joints
- Stimulates blood circulation and the lymphatic system
- Eases the flow of energy throughout the body
- Improves the mobility of joints and the flexibility of tendons
- Helps in improving immunity and the body’s natural defenses
- Stimulates the correct function of internal organs
- Great help in coping with stress, pressure and heavy workload
- Helps with depressions, migraines and lack of sleep
- Improves the digestive system, speeds up metabolism and removal of harmful substances from the body
Counter-Indications – Why should one postpone Thai massage?
- Thai massage is not suitable during acute sickness or post-injury states
- It is not suitable during menstruation or puerperium – with the exception of the Healthy Mum massage intended for fresh mothers
- Classical Thai massage is not suitable for pregnant women –with the exception of our Pregnancy massage
- Thai massage is not suitable with high blood pressure or heart conditions
- During osteoporosis, acute inflammations, viral disease and skin sickness
- During excessive consumption of alcohol, drugs or suppressive medicine
- With more severe occurrence of varicose veins