The basic form of Thai body massage is performed fully clothed (no oils are used) on a massge bed. The technique involves putting gentle but firm pressure on the body with the palms and thumbs, as well as relaxing stretching of the limbs and back. In this way it works effectively on skin, muscle, the organs and the skeletal structure. Blood and lymph circulation is increased and waste substances are removed from tissues.
If you have existing aches or pains, inform the therapist who can provide a focussed deep tissue massage to help relax and ease the muscles (please note, this is not suitable for injuries – these must be discussed with the therapist before any treatment).
Traditional Thai massage can be performed while fully clothed (light/thin garments only). You are welcome to wear your own or we can provide suitable clothing for your session.
THAI FOOT MASSAGE
Thai Foot Massage involves hands on stretching and graceful two handed palm movements, stretches, circular massage and thumb pressure up to and just above the knee, along with the optional use of a special Thai stick made out of teak to stimulate the reflex points. There is no need to undress as it only requires that shoes and socks/tights/stockings be removed.
A general increase in energy
An opening of the meridians & blocked areas of the body
Relief of pain and muscle tension
Better and more sound sleep
Improved lymph and blood circulation
An increase in flexibility
The nervous system is balanced
Deep relaxation Improved mood and mental clarity
HISTORY OF THAI MASSAGE
Thai Massage is a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. It has been practiced for centuries in Far East and Thailand. It is a deep tissue massage using no oils as do many Western Massages. Thai Massage incorporates the use of hands, thumbs, elbows, forearms, knees and feet to manipulate various body zones with acupressure, deep muscle compression, yoga, stretching, joint mobilization and reflexology. The massage focuses on the muscoskeletal system ( the bones, joints, muscles, ligaments and connective tissues ). It is especially beneficial for those who find themselves stiff, sore or tired from over exertion in work or sports. A Thai Massage will leave the client feeling totally refreshed and invigorated. The body will benefit from the release of tension, restoration of vitality and allows the free flow of the bodies energy. It improves circulation, flexibility and muscle tone as well as encouraging lymphatic functions to help detoxify the body.
Successive kings promoted and developed native, natural massage techniques even though it was mainly focused in the family. The art of massage has been passed down through the family practitioners over the generations. Today it is very popular both in Thailand and throughout the developed world.
Among the Thai people, Wat Pho is well known as the first university of Thailand. It was King Rama III (1824-1851) who ordered the renovation of the temple, and made the temple the centre of knowledge by having the temple walls covered with numerous stone tablets inscribed with writings about various branches of knowledge, so that the knowledge could be spread more widely and easily.
The king also ordered the attachment of pictures of traditional Thai massage showing various channels and points on the human body, and the placement of statues of Yoga postures and 317 marble slabs bearing 1,100 formulae of curative herbal medicines in the temple. As a result, Wat Pho became an appropriate place for providing knowledge on traditional Thai massage and a school for teaching this subject was opened over 40 years ago, being the first school of this kind in Thailand.
Wat Pho’s Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School offers courses on Thai Traditional Medicine and Practice, Thai Herbal Drugs and Thai Traditional Massage.