Thai massage follows the Buddhist teaching that a human being is composed of five aggregates, „Panca Khanda“, namely: body, feelings, recognition, thought and consciousness. Every human is born on the foundation of these aggregates and is composed of four elements: earth, water, wind and fire. All four elements are interrelated and must be balanced. The earth element represents 20 organs and parts of the body, the water element 12 products of the body’s organs, the wind element circulates in 6 directions within the body, representing the blood circulation and the breath and the fire element heats up 4 areas of the body.
The roots of this massage technique are to be found in the Ayurvedic medicine. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, the doctor of the king Bimbisara, who was a friend of Buddha, is said to be the founder of Thai Massage.
This massage technique is based on acupressure along the energy lines, called Sen in Thai and originating in the abdominal cavity. The Sen correspond to the 72,000 Nadis, the energy channels known in the yoga science. At the same time, during the Thai Massage the recipient is brought with caution and care into different yoga postures. That is why it is also called passive yoga.
As in all the Eastern medicinal systems Thai Massage is used mainly to prevent. In the Thai Medicine there are no illnesses, only energy blockages that lead to diseases. Nevertheless it also cures the following illnesses and symptoms: bad posture, pain in the joints, muscular tensions, stress-induced psycho-somatic symptoms, migraine, poor blood circulation, indigestion and energetic imbalance.
Thai Massage brings many benefits to the body, mind and spirit. It improves the blood circulation, lowers the heart rate and increases the lymphatic circulation. It improves the muscle strength, relieves muscle tension, removes toxins from the muscle mass and increases joint mobility and flexibility. Thai massage stimulates and improves the activity of the nerves and the function of the organs, deepens the breathing, relieves indigestion and increases the elasticity of the digestive tract. At the same time it induces a sense of total relaxation, thus reducing stress. This highly positive stress-relief can go beyond the present and penetrate into deep, past emotional scars and help release them.
As to the spiritual benefits, Thai massage is based on the elements of life and the energy lines. It releases blockages and has a tremendous positive impact on the spirit. When pressure is applied to each point to awaken the energy, coupled with a gentle, smooth movement during the transition of each sequence, combined with the union of breath between giver and the open-minded recipient, such sacred harmonious union will bring the masseur and recipient close to a tranquil meditative state and become one.
Abhyanga massage is a traditional ayurvedic full body massage. The massage is done in a rythmic way, using warm ayurvedic oil, and is a deeply relaxing, rejunvenating experience. It is at the same time a therapeutic treatment of symptoms caused by vata imbalance. This imbalance is caused by stress, sedentary work and bad posture, poor breathing, the overflow of information, the excessive mental activity and bad nutrition.
Abhyanga rejuvenates, reduces wrinkles and extends the life span. It nourihes the body and relieves stress, anxiety and exhaustion. It provides good sleep. It controls and balances Vata in the body, the predominant entity in the sense of touch and skin is the organ of touch. It improves the eyesight. It tones the tissues and strengthens the body, improving the skin texture and imparting a glossy and soft appearance to the skin. Abhyanga improves the circulation and the general health.
Abhyanga is recommended for people who suffer from stress, anxiety and insomnia as much as from joint pain. It is also recommended for elderly people, as Vata increases with age, causing the loss of eye sight, hearing capacity, skin elasticity, joint mobility and bad circulation.
The Indian head massage is based on the Ayurvedic system of healing which has been practiced in India for over a thousand years. It provides Indian families with relaxation and healing on a daily basis, as well as playing a part in rituals such as weddings and births, not to mention everyday events like a trip to the barber.
The aim of Indian head massage is to release the stress that has accumulated in the tissues, muscles and joints of the head, face, neck and shoulders. The therapist uses a range of different movements including application of deep kneading and compression movements over the neck, shoulder and shoulder blades areas. In addition, the therapist will also gently stimulate and stroke pressure points on the head.
Indian head massage is especially good for relieving stress, tension, fatigue, insomnia, headaches, migraine and sinusitis. Clients report that the experience is deeply calming and relaxing, leaving them feeling energized and revitalized and better able to concentrate.
Indian head massage helps increase joint mobility and flexibility in the neck and shoulders, improves blood circulation and lymphatic flow, frees knots of muscular tension, relaxes connective tissue, and aids in the elimination of accumulated toxins and waste products. It is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
Following a treatment some clients experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body eliminates toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. All of these side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which clients generally experience increased energy and alertness. If you have high or low blood pressure, diabetes, Indian head massage is particularly good for reducing the effects of stress and tension.
At the end of the Indian head massage I use a healing hands-on-technique that relaxes and releases energetic blockages, increasing the energy flow. Through this healing method the receiver can feel a deep release of the emotional pain caused through past experiences and stored in the body-mind-system.
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