Origin of Thai Traditional Massage
a friend and physician to the Buddha some 2,500 years ago is credited
as the founder of Thai massage. This peculiar massage technique
was passed from generation to generation through word of mouth.
Medical texts mentioning detailed descriptions of Thai massage were
recorded in Pali language on palm leaves. These writings became
hallowed as religious texts and were kept in the ancient capital
of Ayutthaya. In 1767, Burmese invaders laid waste to the ancient
city and many of these historical texts were demolished. In 1832,
King Rama III ensured that all surviving texts be preserved by having
them carved in stone as descriptive epigraphs in a temple in Bangkok
now popularly known as Wat Pho. There are 60 carved epigraphs all
in all, 30 showing the front of the body and 30 showing the back.
On these figures, therapy points are shown along the different energy
lines referred to as Sen in Thai. These lines form the basic principle
of Thai massage.
The Sen Lines - Basic Principle of Thai Massage
The basic principle of Thai massage lies on the concept of the invisible
energy lines coursing through the body. Ten of these lines are very
prominent in Thai massage, known in Thai as Sib Sen. If these
points are being massaged, it is believed that diseases are cured
and pain eradicated. This energy powers all the physical, mental
and emotional processes which only functions properly when energy
supply is matched by its demand. Consequently, any form of imbalance
in the energy distribution causes pain and disease. When the system
is working well and the energy is flowing properly, a person is
free from any pain and is therefore relaxed, happy and full of life.
In view of the above principle, Thai massage focuses on the 10 energy
lines by applying proper pressure along these lines to allow the
energy flow. The pressing and stretching of the muscles will make
the lines receptive to the flow.
The Benefits of Thai Massage
The aging process normally makes one stiff and lose flexibility.
But if a person feels physically, mentally and emotionally fit the
exact physical age does not manifest itself evidently. A young person
can feel drained and exhuasted in the same manner that an old person
can be energetic and active. Thai massage is unique in its ability
to make a person alive and energetic regardless of age.
Pain is a major contributor to man's unhappiness. And any level
of pain is a sign of imbalance caused by too much or not enough
of something. The body for example will experience pain when it
has too much food or too much exercise. In the same manner, it will
feel pain if no food is eaten or no exercise is taken. Emotionally,
a person also feels pain when a desire is not met or if a person
lacks the driving force to achieve anything.
Man's goal for health is regarded as the quest to have balance in
every facet of our lives. Rest and relaxation are wonderful ways
to help calm the mind and body. This balancing process which we
commonly call 'healing' can be achieved in our daily lives through
different means. Thai massage has been known to be one of them.
The sublime rhythmical ritual a Thai massage provides offers the
body its need for movement and stretching while remaining in a relaxed
state where it is very easy to let worry and desire melt away....read
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