The origins of this practice date to the early movement of Buddhism in Asia. Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient art with roots in Ayurvedic and Chinese Medicine. It is thought to have originated from a medical practitioner, Dr. Jivaka, who traveled with the Buddha to India. The techniques then found their way to Thailand where they have been practiced for over 2,500 years. Traditional Thai Massage, known as Nuad Boran, is rooted in the Buddist philosophy of Metta, the art of giving with loving touch and kindness.
Here is a great link to the Thai Healing Alliance website and description of the "Origin and Evolution of Traditional Thai Massage."
How is Thai Massage Unique?
It is different from what most in the West regard as massage because it is administered on a comfortable mat on the floor. Both the recipient and practitioner wear loose clothing. The body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to open joints, stretch muscles and tendons, tone internal organs and balance energy. Sessions usually last between 1.5 and 3 hours and can be relaxing, energizing or therapeutic.
"Anyone can benefit from Thai Massage, those of any age and size including those with high levels of stress, physical injury or those experiencing emotional and physical blockages."
Explain a little more about what energy-based means?
The Thai massage practitioner uses their body weight while the client uses his or her breath control to move deeper into and out of each posture. Working together, the therapist and the client can obtain a more thorough massage than when working alone. Working within a safe range of motion the practitioner alternates between gentle and deeper techniques to help the client release tension and open up the flow of energy and vitality. Unique to this practice are the direct and clear intentions of the practitioner to affect the physiology and energetics of the body and mind of the recipient. Explained in another way, Thai Massage has a way of opening and aligning one’s chakras enhancing the energy flow in the body.
The practice of Nuad Boran is rooted in the Buddhist philosophy of Metta, loving touch and kindness.Is Thai Massage Right for Me?
You are a perfect client for a Traditional Thai Massage if you find one or more of these describe you.
Physical Benefits of Thai Massage
Mental Benefits of Thai Massage
Psychological effects of Thai Massage