Thai Massage & Bodywork Services
Traditional Thai Massage
History and Description
The healing art known as Nuad Boran (ancient massage) began to evolve
well over two thousand years ago in present day Thailand as a form of Ayurvedic medicine taught in India. What is today
called Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing system
combining acupressure and energy balancing techniques, Indian Ayurvedic
principles, and assisted yoga postures. The founding father of Thai
massage is an Ayurvedic doctor named Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, who is revered
to this day throughout Thailand as the Father of Medicine. Born in
India during the time of the Buddha, he is mentioned in a variety of
ancient documents for his extraordinary medical skills, for his
knowledge of herbal medicine, and for having treated important people of
his day, including the Buddha himself.
Among the common people, traditions were passed down orally, but the
royal court probably kept ancient reference texts on the subject of
traditional Thai medicine. Sadly, most of these were lost when Burmese
invaders destroyed the old capital of Ayutthaya in 1767. The remaining
fragments, however, were commissioned to be re-drawn as stone etchings
by King Rama III in 1832, and today, over sixty such epigraphs
displaying treatment points, herbal remedies and energy lines are on
public display at the famous Wat Po temple complex in Bangkok.
The theoretical basis for traditional Thai healing is rooted in the
belief that all forms of life are sustained by a vital force (lom) that
is carried along invisible pathways (sen) that run through our bodies.
This force is extracted from air, water and food, and it is believed
that disease and dysfunction come about when blockages occur along these
pathways. Accordingly, Thai Massage’s intent is to free this trapped
energy, stimulate the natural flow of life-force, and maintain a general
balance of wellness. I describe to my clients that we will be creating space within the body, opening the joints, spine, and proper flow throughout the body systems to create a balance mind, body and spirit connection.
Through assisted stretches, the body is able to be moved in ways that are difficult to attain through normal exercise and individual practice. Relaxed, deep breathing helps to bring about proper balance and a peaceful state of mind. The practice of Thai Massage is also a spiritual discipline since it incorporates the Buddhist principles of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). The benefits of all these techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help to bring the treatment session to a focused and profound level. The result of a full-body Thai session is often an exciting and powerful mind/body experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to greater states of physical and mental well-being.
***The client is fully clothed on a cushioned floor mat. Its best to wear long gym pants or PJs for pants and a loose T-shirt for a top.***
Thai Foot Reflexology
A form of foot massage that incorporates Reflexology and acupressure based on the Thai Meridian lines called Sen Lines. They connect the feet with the entirety of the body, including muscles, organs, and nervous system.
Thai Foot Reflexology, like Chinese Reflexology, can help with many afflictions such as activating internal organs, reducing stress and headaches, relieving physical pain and much more. Unlike Chinese reflexology, Thai Foot Reflexology incorporates therapy from the knee down, no just pressure points, giving a total, overall effect on your wellness.