Thai Foot Massage – An Ancient Reflexology

Thai Foot Massage Dublin – An Ancient Therapy of Reflexology

foot-massage-in-thailand1Walking around Bangkok and other cities in Thailand, a very common sight to see in the windows of stores or outside the stores is customers seating or lying on a couch, feet up, a little lower than the body, relaxed, taking a foot massage.

The Thai foot massage consists mainly of massaging the lower legs and especially the feet. However it also requires stretching of the hands and fingers and the massaging the Sen lines (energy). It also includes the using of a wooden stick to induce the reaction points around the feet, which match the body’s internal organs. Thai Foot Massage encourages the pressing of these areas to enhance overall health and well being.

Like other techniques of reflexology foot massage in Thailand is based on the principle that each area of the foot is related to an area or organ of the body, so by pressing or massaging these particular areas it is “massaging” the related body organ. in this respect the foot massage can be considered a full massage because it affects the whole body. Massage oils are often used in during the massage. It is known in Thailand as nuad rarn bo, or nuat phaen nuad Boran.

mai-thai-massage-foot-massage2-300x168A Thai foot massage treatment feet usually lasts an hour and the therapist may spend the last 10 minutes of massage on hands and shoulders as well. The treatment ends with a gentle massage on the scalp and, in parting, nothing better than a nice hot tea.

Thailand has evolved as a center for massage, mainly due to their physical location and partially to the peoples’ temperament when it comes to massage therapy, by means of classic methods from India and China extending in Thailand to provide us Traditional Thai Massage and Thai Foot Massage

Traditional Thai Massage and Thai Foot Massage complement each other perfectly. Traditional Thai Massage creates a balance of the elements of mind and body, while Thai Foot Massage stimulates the internal organs, giving the receiver a holistic treatment.

Some of the benefits of a Thai Foot Massage:

1. Reduces stress inducing a state of deep relaxation and welfare.

2. Improves blood circulation

3. Stimulates lymphatic drainage, thus easily removed toxins or waste residues in tissues

4. Raises energy levels, so you’ll notice much better and awake, to perform daily activities. That is, mental clarity

5. Stimulates the body’s defenses, causing more immune defense system activity

6. Reduces the rigidity improving flexibility

7. Balances the nervous tension

8. Normalizes physiological functions, glandular and hormonal

9. Improves sleep

10. Relieves pain


As the name suggests it is a massage performed in the beautiful and exotic Thailand. It is believed that massage originated in India over 1000 years ago, is based on the principles of Ayurvedic medicine and was brought to Thailand by the followers of Buddha.

So it is said that the origin of Thai massage is in India, as this is where there is the Buddhism and Yoga, in fact stretching and concentration strongly reminiscent of the latter discipline. The positions taken are very similar to yoga asanas, and even known this traditional Thai massage and ‘assisted yoga’ or ‘yoga for the lazy’. The founder of Thai massage was Shivagakomarpaj, a physician close to Buddha.


It has also been heavily influenced by traditional Chinese medicine, which has brought pressure on energy points and key areas of the body. This is undoubtedly a massage that considers the human being as a union of body, mind and spirit.

It is considered as a part of the four branches of Thai medicine, or medicine based on herbs, from food, from spiritual practices and techniques based body treatment. And like other Eastern cultures health depends on the physical plane as the emotional, mental and spiritual. With this massage you try to create a balance between all these levels.


Generally, modern Thai massage experts act on the concept that the body is divided into “lom” or “air,” which happens to be breathed into the lung area and then moves through the entire system along 72,000 routes referred to as “sen “or” vessels”. Traditionally, therapeutic massage practitioners adjust a number of significant sen lines by pushing particular points around these lines. In the majority of versions, the sen begin at the belly button or waist line and spread all through the body, concluding in the holes. A fundamental part of the technique of Thai massage can also include yoga exercises which will induce the ‘sen’ and transfer ‘lom’ throughout the body using steady rhythmic motion that is in sync with the client’s breathing.

The principle of Sen and lom is usually interpreted as “meridians” and “energy.” Although there are many trivial resemblances to Chinese meridian theory, the Thai method is totally different, as the sen are not a part of the internal organs.


The person receiving the massage is to get comfortable wearing loose clothes and lie on a massage table or firm mattress on the floor. It can be done solo or in a group with a dozen or so clients in the same large room. The receiver is placed in many positions similar to yoga during massage course.

The massage is delivered to the receiver’s body together with the therapists fingers and arms, and also the elbows to utilize solid stroking force. The massage typically employs the Sen Lines from the entire body – fairly similar to meridians from Chinese technique and ‘nadis’ of yoga from Indian tradition. You may use your feet and legs massage to resolve your body or limbs of the beneficiary. In other postures, hands fixed the body as they simply massage your feet. A complete Thai massage session usually can last up to an hour or even more, and include further stroking and stretching techniques such the stretching of the fingertips, feet toes, ears, knuckles, walking on the receiver’s back, and arching the customer into a ‘bhujang asana ‘(cobra position).

The duration of a Thai massage session at Mai Thai Massage in Dublin is usually 30 minutes to one hour. It is done with the recipient wearing loose clothes, preferably cotton, lying on a massage table.

Thai massage techniques meets 3 traditional treatment disciplines:

  • Kneading muscles.
  • Skeletal or chiropractic manipulation (osteopathy).
  • Acupressure, pressing on certain acupuncture points and energy lines.

The aim is to harmonize Thai massage, ensure optimum flow and stimulate the energy of the patient’s body and balance the functions of the four fundamental elements of the body:

  • Earth: solid particles (bones and muscles)
  • Water: blood and secretions.
  • Fire: digestion and metabolism.
  • The Air: breathing and blood circulation.


To conclude we can say that Thai massage will increase the flexibility and mobility of our body, help eliminate muscle aches, joints and headaches, balance the functioning of our nervous and circulatory system, increase our energy level, provide a lymphatic drainage and balance our internal organs, also release stress and relieve our emotional problems. So do not forget the Thai massage in on your next visit to Dublin at Mai Thai Massage