History of Thai Massage Part 3

thai-history-massage-picThe art of touch and its uniqueness makes Thai massage attractive to people around the world. Its secret has been to adapt and adjust to the needs of people as well as their cultural requirement.

From generations, knowledge of Thai massage can be categorized into three characteristics:

  • Stretching and bending massage concentrates on relaxing tension for muscles, tendons, and connective tissues. Masseurs will help you stretch out to release the tension by using different yoga postures.
  • Tendon massage is the massage that works on tendons throughout the body, which requires expertise from the masseurs. These masseurs who provide this type of massage usually have long term experience in giving therapy. The masseurs must have ability to differentiate degree of pressure needed on each particular spot by observing from their touch.
  • Acupunctured massage uses weight of the masseur to press on spot throughout the body. This type of massage is developed from individual’s experience. It is also based on the belief that each part of the body have reflection spots. We can stimulate each part to better work by stimulating each of these spots.

Extending from the belief in stimulating better performance of each reflection points throughout the body, masseurs apply different parts of their body to get into each certain sport from thumbs, paws, feet, knees, etc. Each of these needs special techniques from masseurs to generate relaxation instead of damage muscle.

Single thumb technique is used to work on the small areas and only the top part of each thumb will be used without having its nail poking through clients’ skin.

Paw technique is used in bigger areas. Massage with paws will be more effective if masseurs use the right weight on the target spots. This massage has three characteristics of pressing include putting hands together, butterfly, and spreading hands.

Double thumbs technique is slightly different from the single thumb one. Instead of using one thumb to press on a single small area, masseurs will use both thumbs to press and move along the tendons. To do so, both thumbs are placed approximately two to three centimeters apart and slowly moved on the tendon. This method has its purpose to stimulate energy throughout the body.

Pressing with foot technique focuses on wide and curvy area such as upper legs and calf. This massaging technique can use only on the area with strong muscle that needs strength to generate relaxation.

Pressing with knee technique is used in coordination with hand. While a masseur use hands to work on a particular spot, knees can be used to give more stretch to the client’s body and help the masseur to convey his or her weight. Most of the time, this technique is used while working on lower back and upper leg or upper leg and calf.

Standing technique requires masseur to have good balance and posture while standing. Furthermore, the masseur needs to be experienced and understand how to press his or her weight to prevent injury.

Elbow technique is usually used for upper legs, hips, and shoulders or other areas with thick muscle or fat.

Arm techniques is a substitute of elbow technique. For example, the tip of an elbow might be too sharp and can cause damage to muscle on the shoulders. Masseurs will switch from elbows to arms instead.

Thai massage composes of different techniques. The main purposes are to provide the most effective result and simultaneously preventing injury that might happen to the clients.

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