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Besides the wellness that people enjoy, the stimulating strength of the Thai massage also makes them feel relaxed and balanced at the same time. All chakras, which are the main energy centres in the body, are involved. They cannot be located anatomically, and therefore the masseur must develop a feeling for their location.
The massage is complemented by passive yoga exercises, which stretch the body and make it more flexible. Back- and neckaches, shoulder tensions and headaches are effectively eased.
The traditional Thai massage is applied very successfully in Thailand as curative therapy.
The roots of the Thai massage lie in India. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha – personal physician of Magadha – King Bimvisara and friend of Sidartha Guatama, later to become Buddha – is venerated as its founder. Dr. Jivaka was considered the most experienced doctor of his time and he gave valuable advice to the buddist monk community. The Thai massage system is very versatile: herbal treatment, yoga, the use of steambaths, a balanced diet are as important as knowledge and spiritual growth. The knowledge and the Thai massage system reached Thailand around the 3rd century BC – probably with the proliferation of Hinayana Buddhism.
For modern man, who spends half of his life in a sitting position, the traditional Thai massage is exactly the right thing.
The traditional Thai massage is a full body treatment, which is performed on the floor on a dressed body. It combines elements of yoga, acupressure and reflexology. Certain energy lines (sen lines) and pressure points are stimulated from a front, back, lateral and sitting position. The body as a whole is stretched and strengthened. This releases muscle tension and activates the bloodstream and immune system at the same time.
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