Thai Massage has a long history that dates back 2500 years. Shivaga Komparpai is believed to be the founder of this practice and he was a doctor in Thailand. Thailand has a wonderful history and culture and is associated with various medical practices. As Buddhism began to spread outwards from India the healing properties of massage became known.
The practices of Thai massage have been passed down with no written documentation. This allows each area of Thailand to develop its own unique method of Thai Massage. One of the main teaching areas in Thailand is in the area of Wat Po in Bangkok.
Thai massage is often referred to as the backbone of physical treatments in Thailand today. You may have seen this type of treatment being performed by practitioners who physically walk on their patients back and use their own legs and feet to apply pressure to different areas.
The main benefit of Thai massage is derived from the use of direct pressure onto different muscle areas of the body. This is done in conjunction with pulling and stretching of the body’s joints and ligaments and is often compared to yoga poses and stretches.
Thai Massage affects the different systems in your body in the following ways:
Circulatory System – helps to improve your blood circulation, will lower your heart rate, reduces swelling and increases your lymphatic circulation.
Musculoskeletal System – improves your overall muscle strength. Helps to relieve muscle tension and increases your joint mobility and will help reduce stiffness in your muscles. Another benefit is that of helping to remove toxins from your muscle mass.
Nervous System – massage will help stimulate and improve your nerves and the sensations associated with them helping to reduce pain. The function of your internal organs will be improved.
Respiratory System – helps to relax your lungs and improves your breathing.
Digestive System – improves your digestive tract and stomach movement and this will help with relieving indigestion.
While a Thai massage is a great therapy treatment there are some circumstances when it is not recommended. If you have an open wound or infectious disease you should refrain from taking a massage. The same applies to anyone who has just undergone surgery along with pregnant women unless your doctor authorizes it. If you have any type of bruising or suffer from inflamed skin conditions then you should not go for a massage.
There are many places in Thailand that offer a wide variety of massages from the traditional to the more modern where you remove your clothing. Read this article to see what a traditional Thai Massage entails.