Bangkok Thai Massage is historically linked to Buddhism. For many centuries, the Thai massage healing centers have been based in the Buddhist Temple environment. Central to the teaching of Buddha is the alleviation of all suffering, including physical ailments. The spirit of metta is connected to this Buddhist philosophy; the practice of Thai Yoga Massage is the physical application of the spirit of loving kindness. Each massage is performed with the genuine power of love. This positive and compassionate energy that the practitioner gives to the recipient during a massage is a wonderful stress reliever, and makes Thaimassage unique.
Thai massage is a full-body massage, performed on a floor mat, with both parties in loose, comfortable clothes. It incorporates t'ai chi moves, rhythmic motion, palming and thumbing along sen lines (energy lines), gentle stretching and the conscious use of breath. The practitioner uses her hands, feet, arms and legs to guide the recipient through various yoga postures, while remaining focused on their own body-center. This combination of movements and focused awareness creates a slow, flowing "dance" around the recipient's body. Bangkok Thai massage has been described as assisted Hatha yoga. During a session, the practitioner pays careful attention to the recipient's level of flexibility and breath as they gently move the individual into different poses. Each pose is designed to open up the body and allow energy to flow freely along the sen lines.By working the body physically and energetically, Thai massage produces a highly therapeutic effect that helps relieve common conditions such as low back pain, arthritis, headaches, digestive difficulties, menstrual and menopausal problems and stress-related conditions, as well as provide an overall sense of relaxation which helps people to deal better with emotional issues. Though very dynamic, Thai massage is deeply relaxing, enabling the body and mind to rebalance naturally. As with any yoga practice, blood and lymph circulation are increased and internal organs are stimulated, all helping to strengthen the immune system, rebalance the endocrine system and clear toxins from the body. In addition, the variety of stretching and joint isolation exercises helps to increase joint mobility and flexibility. Since the technique respects each person's body type and level of flexibility, Thai massage is ideal for many individuals.
Thai Massages start with you lying on your back, and with the practitioner beginning by working on your feet. Foot massage, or reflexology, is an important component of Thai Massage and is also practiced independently of full body massages. The practitioner continues by massaging your body through a series of choreographic movements. These movements resemble various yoga postures; however, they do not require any effort by you. This aspect of Thai Massage has lead some to playfully call it “lazy man’s yoga”, since the practitioner does all the work of stretching your body. The practitioner will utilizes both of their hands and feet to position and counter-balance your body into the various stretches. The combination of gentle pressure all over your body and the passive stretching will open the energy lines in your body, improving your health. The coordination of both patient and practitioner moving into these postures can also help you to relax and let go, allowing your body to be moved beneficially.
Today, in Thailand, Thai bangkok massage is not only a recreational massage, but a healing art that targets the physical, the emotional and the spiritual. Millions of Thais visit Thai yoga massage practitioners for this holistic healing.