Contrary to Western style massage, traditional Thai massage does not primarily work with the physical body but rather with the energy body. The kneading of muscles, which dominates in Western style massage, is absent from Thai massage: energy points are pressed or general pressure is used instead. There is a lot of stretching involved and many exercises might well be described as ‘applied Hatha Yoga’ or ‘applied physical Yoga’. Rather than using the term ‘Thai massage’, some refer to it as ‘Yoga massage’ since that’s what this art essentially is.
Why have a Thai Massage?
The theoretical foundation of Thai massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body. The Indian origin and influence is obvious here since the background of this theory clearly lies in Yoga philosophy. Yoga philosophy states that life energy (called Prana) is absorbed with the air we breathe and with the food we eat. Along a network of energy lines, the Prana Nadis, the human being is then supplied with this vital energy. Out of these energy lines Thai massage has selected 10 mainlines on which there are especially important acupressure points. Massaging these lines and points makes it possible to treat a whole range of diseases or to relieve pain. The 10 mainlines are sufficient to conduct practical treatment for the whole body and its internal organs. Disturbances in the flow of energy result in an insufficient supply of Prana, which will in turn lead to sickness. Working on the energy lines with massage can break the blockades, stimulate the free flow of Prana, and help to restore general well-being.
What conditions can Thai massage help with?
Thai massage treatment can be helpful for a range of ailments, including:
- frozen shoulders
- helping recovery after a heart attack
- regaining mobility of the limbs after a stroke.
What can I expect in a session?
Thai Massage can be compared to doing a yoga session without doing a thing: you feel all of the benefits with none of the effort. Wearing comfortable clothes, the body is moved into gentle stretches and massaged along the meridians and acupressure points, which energises and harmonises the body.
How much does it cost?
Yoga Therapy and Thai Massage:
60 minutes £45
90 minutes £60
120 minutes £80