(Learn about the benefits & techniques of Thai massage before your next appointment in Honolulu.)
Do you notice aches and pains in the body that are stopping you from feeling emotionally, mentally, and physically full?
Perhaps you are ready to try something different for healing your body, say, a more holistic approach.
We know that sometimes trying things at home can cause more harm than good for your body. Alternatively, we want to share with you the method of Thai Massage. This art of healing dates back over 2,500 years, way before doctors.
Thai Massage is an ancient practice, and our goal is to walk you through the benefits and techniques to help guide you to choose the best healing method for your body.
The Blog Agenda:
Brief History of Thai Massage
Benefits of Thai Massage
Process Before Your Next Appointment
What Is The History Of Thai Massage?
Thai Massage originated in India, although the techniques and practices happen in Thailand.
The method of Thai Massage contains elements from the philosophy of Yoga and influence from China and Indian Ayurvedic tradition.
Earlier, we mentioned that Thai Massage dates back over 2,500 years. However, the soul and heart behind the art, named Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha (Shivago Kompara). A friend and practitioner of Buddha himself.
Students part of the traditional Thai Massage training share a chant before, which is mostly written in Sanskrit and Pali.
The purpose is to honour and acknowledge the ancient teachers, including Jivaka himself.
Here is the English translation of the chant:
“We invite the spirit of our founder, the father doctor Shivago, who comes to us through his saintly life. Please bring to us the knowledge of all nature, which this prayer will show as the true medicine of the universe.
In the name of this mantra, we respect your help and pray that through our bodies, you will bring wholeness and health to the body of our client.
The Goddess of Healing dwells in the heavens high, while humankind dwells in the world below. In the name of the founder, may the heavens be reflected in the world below so that this healing medicine may encircle the globe.
We pray for the ones we touch, that they will be happy, and illness will be released from them.”
Thai Massage, if performed correctly, is based on elemental theory comprising fire, water, air, and earth. Which we will explore a little further in the next section.
Here is the English translation of the chant:
What are the techniques used in Thai Massage?
When working with the human body in Thai Massage, it is more than just massaging and stretching the body.
The focus is on the four elements that divide throughout the entire body. Each carrying different effects on your spiritual, psychological, and physical wellness. Similar to the meridians in our body, referenced in acupuncture and acupressure.
The techniques used during Thai Massage move the energy through pathways in our energy lines. Also known as “sens”.
In Thai language, “sen sib” means “ten energy lines”. The sen are pathways for prana to flow with the function of moving sensations from one place to another.
And having the ability to connect and move substances throughout the body.
Blockage to the meridians in our body creates a distinct set of consequences that we will mention in the table below.
These blockages show up as a wide range of symptoms that can present themselves in changes in blood pressure to symptoms of psychological disorders.
Therefore, knowledge and understanding in elemental theory gives practitioners a wider and deeper understanding of the Thai Massage techniques that will benefit each individual depending on their needs.
The Element of Earth:
Connected to the sen(energy channel): Itha
Some physical and spiritual processes that a person will go through range from fatigue, obesity, and lethargy.
The physical aspects affected because of blockages in the energy channels are the skin, muscle, bone, connective tissue, and fat.
The Element of Water:
Connected to the sen(energy channel): Sahatsarangsi, Tawaree.
The physical aspects include blood, eyes, body fluids, urine, semen.
Blockages in the energy channels can show up as stagnation and stubbornness in the psychological and spiritual realm.
The Element of Air:
Connected to the sen(energy channels): Kalatharee, Sumama, Lawusang, Ulanga, Nantakawat, Kitcha.
Because of blocked energy channels, a person may experience psychological disorders such as stress and anxiety.
The body systems connected to the element of air are the respiratory system, intestines, sexuality, aging, and mobility.
The Element of Fire:
Connected to the sen(energy channel): Pingala, Kalatharee.
Psychological and spiritual effects may surface as aggression, tension, and violence.
Blocked energy can show up in the physical body through changes in body temperature, circulation, metabolism, and infection.
These methods differ from that of a regular massage.
The practitioner will use different methods that include a range of stretches, pulls, and rocking using their hands, thumbs, elbows, forearms, and in certain cases feet.
You are probably used to laying on a massage table, with a sheet over you to cover private areas of your body; the room infused with aromas of essential oils used on your skin.
However, in Thai Massage, you are in loose clothing or your favorite comfortable yoga or sports attire.
**We recommend avoiding tight clothing because of discomfort and pressure.
The combination of guided moving, stretching, and applied pressure, gives your masseur a wide range of space when working with your body.
A combination of deep pressure and light strokes, depending on what your body needs, the practitioner will provide deep relaxation to the body.
Not to mention, a significant part of Thai Massage technique is energy work. Which functions to help open up the blocked channels in the body.
This way we can create flow and movement in energy, to encourage clarity and heal the mind and body. Forgetting to mention, BREATHING is an important aspect during the massage.
The massage itself begins with you laying down on the ground and ends sitting up. Beginning with your feet, slowing working up, ending with the skull.
This style of massage includes therapy over your arms, hands & feet, neck & back, stomach, buttocks, and the area around the breasts.
**Let your practitioner know if there are parts of the body you are not comfortable with massage.
What Are The Benefits Of Thai Massage?
There is a method to the madness. Thai Massage brings a wide range of healing and restoration to your body and mind.
Creating an opportunity to restore balance in the emotional, mental, and physical realm. The benefits of Thai Massage:
Relief of Tension Headaches
Reduce Back Pain
Build up flexibility and range of motion
Stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage
Calm the nervous system
Imagine that in Thai Massage, your practitioner is assisting you in arranging your body into different yoga poses. All the while supporting healing and guidance, so you too can benefit from the practice of Thai Massage.
Another example of Thai Massage for a Stronger Lower Back:
What Can I Expect For My Next Appointment?
Perhaps this is your first time getting a massage, or you are a frequent goer. It doesn’t hurt to be prepared and ready for your next appointment.
Here are a few things to consider before your next appointment:
Don’t eat a heavy meal before your treatment, you want to be comfortable moving around and laying down.
We will ask you to fill out a detailed form before your massage if it is your first time, therefore we recommend showing up ten minutes early to have this ready for your practitioner.
Provide complete, detailed health history with any significant medical information – this is especially important for those who require a medical note from their doctors to allow for this type of treatment.
Always tell your practitioner if you are in discomfort! Don’t enjoy having certain body parts massaged? Or the pressure is too intense? Speak up to ensure a seamless, safe, and a comfortable experience.
A friendly reminder to wear loose and comfortable clothing.
Why experience a Thai Massage here on Oahu?
Hawaii’s way of healing heavily focuses on a holistic, complete body approach.
Our goal is to compel harmony and balance into your life through Thai Massage healing, bringing traditional aspects of the practice to you.
So if you are in need or struggling to get your body moving, after a long shopping or work day. We are conveniently in the heart of Honolulu.
Bringing a full Hawaii experience by inciting the island vibes to you; right to your massage room.
We hope you gained insight from our Thai Massage Benefits & Techniques!