Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai massage is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines called "Zen", and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply. This traditional healing practice, called “Nuad” or “Nuad Paan Boran” in the Thai language, stands in sharp contrast to western massage therapies. (Reference 1)
Traditional Thai massage draws significant influence from India's ancient Ayurvedic traditions of medical practice. Ayurvedic medicine, also a holistic form of healing, plays an integral role in the practice of both Hinduism and Therevada Buddhism. Monks and similar practitioners of healing transmitted Ayurvedic techniques to Thailand some 2,500 years ago, thus giving birth to the wonderful phenomenon that is Thai massage.
Thai massage helps relieving muscular fatigue and pain, reducing tension and headaches, relaxation, and regaining muscular and joints mobility. It is obviously help not only to stimulate the circulation of blood and lymphatic system, but also improve the body immunity for anti-aging and longevity. The fundamentals of Thai Massage Points and Lines are for relief of more than 50 minor ailments, such as muscle sprains and pains, tennis elbow, stiffness of the neck, lower back pains, muscle cramps, muscle fatigue, muscle stiffness, muscular discomfort, and nervous tension. It also helps to make muscles, joints and tendons suppler. Thai Medical Massage is helpful in preventing the atrophy (wasting away) of muscles in paralyzed patients and elderly people who are unable to exercise.
Because of its emphasis on body work, joint release, and deep breathing, Thai massage is often considered comparable to yoga. Modern yoga practice often includes traditional elements intrinsic in Eastern religion, including spiritual philosophy, postures designed to keep the body fit, and varying facets of meditation. These elements are sometimes adapted to meet the needs of non-religious practitioners, who may be attracted to yoga by its utility as a relaxation technique or as a way to keep in good shape. (Reference 2)
Minoru has trained Traditional Thai Massage from Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School at Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan (or "Wat Pho") in Bangkok in 2009 and has been practicing Thai massage at Nagomi Japanese Medicine in WA since then.
Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School is the first Thai Medical School under the approval of Thai Ministry of Education, and acknowledged worldwide and the school's original Thai Traditional Massage treatment and professional training course.
The practice of Traditional Thai Massage
Minoru has trained Traditional Thai Massage from Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School at Wat Phra Chettuphon Wimon Mangkhlaram Ratchaworamahawihan (or "Wat Pho") in Bangkok since 2009 and been practicing Traditional Thai massage in Western Australia since then. The ancient practice of applying pressure along the muscular and nervous system has been used in Thailand since before the Sukhothai period in the 12th century, but methods and practices were continually improved until finally the centre of knowledge came to rest at Wat Pho.
In fact, this was the first centre of higher learning in Thailand and within the temple there are many tablets inscribed with instructions for practicing Thai massage and a pharmacopeia with over 1000 herbal cures listed for a range of ailments. Being the base of Thai Medicine, Wat Po Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School was opened in 1955 inside Wat Po. It is the first Thai Medical School under the approval of Thai Ministry of Education, and acknowledged worldwide and the school's original Thai Traditional Massage treatment and training course that is sometimes referred to as Wat Po massage. (Reference 3)
The Treatment of Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai massage rarely uses oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, 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 create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.
The result of a full-body Thai treatment is often an exciting and powerful mind/body healing experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to heightened states of physical and spiritual well-being.
For many, traditional Thai massage is also a spiritual discipline in that it incorporates the Buddhist practices of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and deep level. (Reference 1)
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2. Retrieved 17 May 2015
3. "Welcome". Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School. Retrieved 31 May 2015.