All massage involves pressure upon the body in an organized fashion. Pressure can motion, vibration, tension, and may use mechanical aids or just the skill of the masseuse.
Thai Massage, known in the native language as ‘nuat phaen boran’ dates back several centuries BC. Tradition claims it was invented by Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, hailed in Thailand as the father of modern medicine, though the history of the art is actually more complicated. Indian, Chinese and various Southeast Asian traditions all contributed to the practice, which does vary to some extent indifferent parts of Thailand.
In modern times Thai massages are often given in larger groups, with a dozen or more masseuse treating a dozen individuals simultaneously. Ancient traditional methods tended to use individual sessions with only one giver and one receiver, even the massage itself was identical. Thai massage uses no oil or lubricants, and the patient may wear loose clothing while their body muscles are compressed, pulled rocked and stretched. Massage session typically last between 90 minutes and two hours.
Thai massage follows the ‘sen’, the lines of the body. The masseuse can use his or her hands and feet to position the recipient’s body, stretching, pressing and compressing their muscles.
A full two hour treatment, or even short treatment, can be beneficial in treating:
– Joint injuries
– Physical and Emotional Tension
– Flexibility problems.
– Soft tissue injury
– Digestion Complaints
– Shoulder pain
Thai massage also promotes greater awareness of body and mind.
Golden Tree Thai Massage offers two varieties of Thai massage:
Traditional Thai Massage:
As described above, this treats stress disorders and general ailments. It is recommended for general health and well-being.
Royal Thai Massage:
Also known as Deep Thai Massage, this technique is enhanced with balms and crèmes. It uses hands to directly contact an area with a particular problem, stimulating the body’s healing system, releasing endorphins, reducing stress hormones, and improving circulation. It is intended to treat and alleviate particular problems than need attention.