An Overview of Traditional Thai Massage
In this stressful world that we live in, alternative therapies such as massage have become very popular the world over. One of the most renowned forms of massage therapy is Thai massage. If you have ever visited Thailand, particularly the larger towns and cities such as Bangkok and Pattaya, you will no doubt have noticed a large array of massage parlours – in the high street, in hotels, in health clubs and so on. But Thai massage has become a worldwide phenomenon and as a result is practiced internationally, with both massage parlours and learning centres available throughout the western world as well as in its origins in the east.
In its traditional form, Thai massage differs from most other forms of massage in that no oils are used. Instead, pressure is applied to muscles and joints, and the limbs are pulled on, which helps to eliminate muscular pain, stress and tension. It is a lot like deep tissue massage or sports massage, making it a popular choice among sports players and manual laborers. It can benefit anybody though, particularly if you are stressed or feeling tense physically.
A typical session lasts at least an hour, but can continue for two hours or more. Many consider Thai massage to be painful, particularly if there is any pain or discomfort in the muscles. Pressure is applied at strategic points around the body, then the limbs are pulled whilst the rest of the body is held firmly in position. The practice is carried out on the floor as this makes it much easier for the therapist. Although painful at the time, it has a long term therapeutic effect by actually eliminating muscular stress and pain.
Thai massage is believed to date back over 2,500 years, although the practice has evolved over time. Modern Thai massage is likely to incorporate many other forms of South-east Asian traditions from the 19th century, and today there are many variations depending on the region or individual practitioner. It is most commonly taught in Bangkok, although Thai massage schools exist throughout the world.
Although Thai massage in its most traditional form does not use oil and involves deep pressing and pulling of the limbs as described above, there are other forms of massage available that have a Thai theme. The most common alternative form of Thai massage therapy is the Thai herbal oil massage. Here there is no pain involved – instead oils are massaged into the body for a soothing effect. It is very similar to Swedish massage, the difference being that Thai oils are used, to provide a unique variation on traditional Swedish massage.
Other forms of Thai massage include foot massage, head and shoulder massage and more. There is also pregnancy massage, aimed at providing a therapeutic experience for pregnant women and easing the aches and pains associated with pregnancy. There is even baby massage, which as the name suggests is for newborns and infants. It comes as a surprise to many that massage would be suitable for pregnant women or babies, but done correctly it can be very beneficial with no ill-effects to the child.
So as you can see, Thai massage provides a wide variety of unique experiences and has become very popular for relaxation, stress relief, pain relief and more. In its most traditional form, no oils are used, and there is an element of pain but with long term benefits. And whilst the best training is offered in Bangkok, it is available throughout the world.
Wimon provides Thai Massage in Newcastle and surrounding areas. She is fully qualified and insured and provides traditional Thai, herbal oil and foot massages.
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