The Techniques of Thai Massage
Originating and developed in Thailand, the Thai massage is another massage practice that infuses the conventional remedy systems of China, Southeast Asia, India and yoga. In the early years after its development, only the monks of Thailand use it to provide remedy to the aching muscles of an individual.
According to the connoisseurs of the Thai massage, it is different from the other massage systems because it is more invigorating and demanding. The said system of massage is also commonly known as Thai yoga, massage due to the fact that the therapist makes use of all his or her appendages (feet, legs, hands and knees) to mobilize a person into sequences of yoga-like bending and stretching. To a lot of people, Thai massage is similar to yoga only without performing any work.
Due to the revitalizing effects of the said massage system, it has gained a lot of attention worldwide. Some of its benefits are but not limited to:
- It is an awesome stress reliever. Perfect for people who suffers from “all work and no play.”
- Due to its stimulating effects, the body movements will be highly improved.
- An individual’s posture will also be enhanced since it directly targets bone joints, muscles and three important systems like circulatory, digestive and respiratory.
- It’s also satisfies the person spiritually.
- It makes a person healthier in an overall concept.
The Thai massage can be applied through a lot of different methods. Therapists and patients alike must be well versed about these techniques because if done improperly, it might cause lasting damage to the latter.
Here are some techniques of the said massage system:
- Body mechanics- An ideal massage system should be safe for either the patient or the therapist. Body postures that are inappropriate may result in injuries to the two parties. To prevent this from happening, it is necessary that the patient and the therapist know the proper body mechanics. The correct posture should be at ease and the arms should be extended straight. Then the therapist must be capable of knee walking and harnessing his or body mass by bending over. If the patient and the therapist are already feeling uncomfortable, then they should adjust their positions as necessary.
- Touching- While touching the client or patient, the therapist must ensure that it is with affection and with a rhythmic flow. In addition, therapists should also make it a habit to practice proper sanitation and hygiene by cleansing their bodies prior to performing the massage.
- Concentration- As mentioned earlier, if done improperly, the Thai massage could be detrimental to both the client and the therapist. To mitigate the risks, the therapist must not only be mindful of his or her action, but must be conscious of his or her client’s as well. The therapist should not be afraid about regularly asking the client, whether the latter is okay or not.
- Pressure- When performing the massage, the therapist must always harness his or her body mass to induce pressure. However, he or she must be careful because every client is different when it comes to reacting to the pressure. The therapist must pay close attention to the client’s facial expression, muscle response and breathing.