The Hindu features a story about traditional Thai massage.
The simplest yet an effective curative massage is the traditional Thai massage. As this massage doesn’t include any applications, it may cause disappointment to your pre-notions of aromatic oils, flower-pool bath and other stereotype spa dreams, but the results might impress you.
This is in fact quiet a good description of Thai massage for people who have never experienced it and are not familiar with it.
“This is a traditional therapeutic method to release your knotted muscles, relax the nerve endings and it enhances blood circulation. The technique is applying pressure by the thumb, elbows and feet to make the muscles more flexible. It is a strong massage type and more like an exercise”, explains, Ms. Ning.
She didn’t mentioned that in traditional Thai medicine it is believed that there are energy lines and points that can be stimulated through Thai massage, which is what it all is based upon.
you may feel the ‘thumps’ and ‘Thuds’ of being beaten up like a ‘parotta’, kneaded like dough and pounded like the clay… you might also undergo a washing machine drive or a trapeze ride swinging to and fro…and towards the end you may wonder if the masseur has any old grudges against you, walking and dancing on your back.
This in fact describes the experience of Thai massage for many quiet well too.
Thai-yoga is not well known outside of Thailand – most people think of Thai massage when they hear Thai yoga, which is also due to the fact that many Western practitioners of traditional Thai massage refer to their practice as “Thai Yoga massage”. But that is not what this is about.
Thai-Yoga is a form of yoga – it is not a massage or bodywork. It used to be practiced by hermits in Thailand to cure certain ailments. There were certain postures that were used to treat lower back pain, headaches, and so on.
Unfortunately, the knowledge of Thai hermit yoga, as it’s also sometimes called, was only passed on orally, and most of the things that have been written down about it where destroyed when the Burmese armies invaded the former capital of Thailand, Ayutthaya, in 1767 and destroyed the city.
Thai’s refer to it as Rusie Dotton, or ruessie datton.
The German Institute for Quality and Efficiency in Health Care (IQWiG) has published a report that shows that not all forms of massage can help to relieve backpain, but Thai massage is among the ones where even scientific evidence supports the statement that it can help with backpain.
If you know anything about how scientists measure the effectivity of back pain treatments, that’s quiet a major accomplishment, because in general it is very difficult for any “alternative” treatment for to get scientific approval.
In Thailand for example, Thai massage is often used in hospitals and clinics together with Western medical methods to improve painful conditions of the back. I am very confident that a skilled Thai massage therapist can help to relieve backpain, however, it is also important to note that most Thai masseurs and masseuses are not highly trained and qualified, but rather provide a pleasant massage that has general health benefits, but when it comes to treating specific ailments, it’s worth to take the time to locate a really good practitioner.
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