Thai Massage Therapy: Origins and Benefits

/Thai Massage Therapy: Origins and Benefits
Thai Massage Therapy: Origins and Benefits2019-02-20T10:35:24-04:00

Part massage, part yoga workout, and part physical therapy, Total Health Systems offers Chesterfield Thai massage therapy for people who want to improve flexibility and range of motion, boost energy, and relieve stress.

How Did Thai Massage Develop?

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According to the theory behind Thai massage therapy, the body has ten lines of energy called sen, and the purpose of Thai massage is to release blockages along the sen to allow the energy to flow freely. Thai massage grew out of the Buddhist tradition and was developed in order to help Buddhist nuns and monks to sit for long hours in meditation by increasing their flexibility. Credit for the development of Thai massage is attributed to Shivago Kumar Bhucca, a physician from ancient India.

Why Is Thai Massage Therapy Different?

Thai massage differs from most people’s traditional idea of a massage in several significant ways. Thai massage primarily consists of therapist-assisted yoga poses achieved via pulling, stretching, and rocking techniques in which the therapist uses his or her hands, feet, legs, and knees to guide your body into the desired posture. Thai massage is sometimes referred to as “lazy yoga” because of the assistive role the therapist plays.

You are not be required to disrobe for Thai massage, although you are advised to wear comfortable clothes you can move in easily. No massage oils are utilized, and rather than lying on a table, you will likely lie upon a padded mat on the floor.

What Are Potential Thai Massage Benefits?

Thai massage therapy promotes increased flexibility and stress relief through joint mobilization, deep muscle compression, and acupressure. It may also help improve the following health problems:

  • Joint pain and stiffness
  • Muscle spasticity and pain
  • Tension headaches
  • Nonspecific back pain, both chronic and subacute

Ready for a Different Type of Therapy?

Long considered a crucial aspect of medical treatment in Thailand, Total Health Systems now offers this uniquely beneficial massage modality to you. Contact us today by calling 586-949-0123 to schedule your appointment.