If you’re located in Orange County, you might want to read an article about Thai massage on RecordOnline. It’s about a yoga instructor who is now also offering traditional Thai massage (or as it is also sometimes called in the west: “the lazy man’s yoga”) to Monroe. You can read the full article here…
The Washington Times has published an article about the Chiva Som in Hua Hin, which is one of Thailand’s most established luxury spa companies.
Priced at around $1000 per day, you need some deep pockets to be able to afford this deep relaxation – but if that isn’t a deterrent for you, you can read more about it: Chiva Som: Thailand’s fountain of youth near Bangkok
Today Thailand broke another Guiness World Record: the worlds largest mass massage. 641 therapists massages 641 volunteers for 12 minutes. The previous record was held by Australia (263 people massages 263 volunteers for 5 minutes).
Fun thing :-) You can read more about it in the Wall Street Journal.
BANGKOK, 23 August 2012 – The Ministry of Public Health has reported that the Thai massage industry last year generated up to 30 billion baht of income for the country and it is expected to expand further when the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) is opened.
Minister of Public Health Wittaya Buranasiri recently held a press conference on the 9th National Herb Expo, which will be held from September 5-9 with an aim to support the Thai massage industry. During the conference, he stated that related authorities are now campaigning for people to get a Thai massage when they experience body aches, instead of taking analgesic or anti-inflammatory drugs.
He also disclosed a financial overview of the Thai massage industry, which showed that as much as 20-30 billion baht was generated for the country last year. It has also been discovered that nearly 2,000 people are working in this field.
Mr. Wittaya said the Ministry of Public Health is aiming to make Thailand the world’s ultimate destination for massage, with plans to improve the quality of the workers, offer more massage classes to the public and set up a massage center in every hospital.
With the AEC to be established in three years’ time, the minister expressed confidence that the Thai massage industry will flourish and bring in even more income for Thailand.
There’s a short introductory article about Thai massage on the Day Spa Magazine website.
We know that massage makes you feel better and has many benefits. But until now, we didn’t even know what the underlying physiological reasons for the benefits of massage were. We didn’t really know – from a medical standpoint – why massage makes you feel better AND helps to regenerate your muscles after strenous exercise.
Now scientists took on the task of figuring that out. They did it by recruiting volunteers and have them do strenous exercise to the point of exhaustion, particularly having them exercise on a bike. Then they massaged one leg, but not the other. Then they took samples of the muscles from both legs and compared them with each other to see what difference there was on a cellular level.
They found that massage reduced the production of compounds called cytokines, which play a critical role in inflammation. Massage also stimulated mitochondria, the tiny powerhouses inside cells that convert glucose into the energy essential for cell function and repair. “The bottom line is that there appears to be a suppression of pathways in inflammation and an increase in mitochondrial biogenesis,” helping the muscle adapt to the demands of increased exercise, said the senior author, Dr. Mark A. Tarnopolsky.
That’s pretty impressive, because it is a mechanism that is superior to medical treatments to counter inflammation. Medication can effectively reduce inflammation and pain, but at the same time it also stymies the healing process that is associated with an inflammation.
So instead of taking an Aspirin (or other drug) when you have sore muscles, getting a massage is much better for your muscles.
You can read more about this fascinating piece of research in this article by the New York Times: How Massage Heals Sore Muscles
If you’ve studied at the Wat Po massage school (which is actually named Chetawan) then you might have gotten to know Khun Preeda (Preeda Tangtrongchitr), the owner. IF so, then this article might be interesting to you, as he answers some questions and shares his views, expertise and opinions about traditional Thai massage and tells the story of how he got into this business.
His massage school has trained an estimated number of 200,000 massage therapists over the course of the last five decades, and a Wat Po certificate is still the most widely recognized accreditation for Thai massage practitioners worldwide today.
There is an article about the history of massage in the Examiner, written by Lisa Ferguson, CMT. There’s also a short mention of Thai massage, so it makes for an interesting overview of different traditions.
If you have at least 2 years of experience, there might be a job opening for you in Washington DC. See this job posting for more info.
There’s an article on Thai massage (and the Bowen technique) from Patch Roxborough, if you live in the area it’s worth checking out.