Orange County: Article About Thai Massage In RecordOnline.com

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…

Chiva Som Hua Hin Spa With Luxury Thai Massage Treatments

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

Thai Massage Industry Generated Up To $30 Billion Baht Income For Thailand Last Year

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.

Why Massage Heals Sore Muscles

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

Wat Po Massage School Owner Interview

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.

Click here to read the full article.