Massage is the manipulation of superficial layers of muscle and connective tissue to enhance the function and promote relaxation and well-being. The word comes from the French massage "friction of kneading", or from Arabic massa meaning "to touch, feel or handle" or from Latin massa meaning "mass, dough". In distinction the ancient Greek word for massage was anatripsis,and the Latin was frictio.
Massage involves acting on and manipulating the body with pressure – structured, unstructured, stationary, or moving – tension, motion, or vibration, done manually or with mechanical aids. Target tissues may include muscles, tendons, ligaments, skin, joints, or other connective tissue, as well as lymphatic vessels, or organs of the gastrointestinal system. Massage can be applied with the hands, fingers, elbows, knees, forearm, and feet. There are over eighty different recognized massage modalities. The most cited reasons for introducing massage as therapy have been client demand and perceived clinical effectiveness.
In professional settings massage involves the client being treated while lying on a massage table, sitting in a massage chair, or lying on a mat on the floor. The massage subject may be fully or partly unclothed. Parts of the body may be covered with towels or sheets.
"Traditional Thai massage" or we Thai people called "Nuad Phaen boran" Nuad mean massage and phaen boran mean very old,ancient. so it mean very very old or ancient massage.
Thai massage work on the line,we called "SEN" or line .There are 900 sen in our human body. We have 60 major line,and 840 minor line. They are equivalent to chinese meridians line, but in Thai massage we only work on 10 major line and we called "sen pratan sip".
They are called:
1, Itha start from ombilico passing along front of left thigh, turning around the knee and passing up outer thigh,across gluteus along the spine,over the forehead and end at left nostril.
Itha line control left side brain and left side of nostril.,
2, pingkala same as Itha but control the right side. Pingkala line control the right side brain and right side nostril.,
3, Sumana above ombilico 2 cm through chest, neck and end at the tip of the tongue.
Sumana line control and protect the respiratory system.
4, Kalatari above ombilico 1 cm breaking into 4 groups, 1st are makeup left and right arms passing through the rib cages and scapula,arms hands and end at the finger.
2nd down left and right thigh passing the leg through ankle to the feet and tips at the toes.
kalatari line is control the movement of arms,legs.
5, Hadsarangsi left ombilico 3 cm passing the inside of the left thigh passing gastrocnemius,feet back to the toes,passing pinkie toe. passing through the body nipple,neck,chin and end at the
left eye. Hadsarangsi is protecting left eye.
6, Tawari same as Hadsarangsi but on the right side. protecting and control right eye.
7, Rucham from ombilico up to the right nipple to neck and end at the right ear. Protect and control right ear.
8, Jantapusang from ombilico 4 cm up to left nipple to neck and end at the left ear. Protect control ear,hearing.
9, Sikini from ombilico 2 cm to sexual organs and end at the urethra. Control urinary system,Urine,Urinary bladder,urethra.
10, Sukumong from ombilico 2 cm through urethra and anus. Control anus.
A Baines retold from wat po corse.
The benefits of Thai massage.
- Relaxation, Increase ability to absorb nutrition.
- Reliving muscular pain and fatigue.
- Reducing tension and headache.
- Reliving sprain,stiff neck and shoulder.
- Regaining muscular joint mobility.
- Help stimulate blood circulation and lymphatic system drain(cleanser)
- Improve the body immunity for anti-aging and longevity, spirit and mind.
- Relieving arthritis,numbness,sciatica.
How does Thai massage work?
Thai massage is lay on the padded matt on the floor,wear loose comfortable cloth,no oil used working on 10 major line. The Thai sen sip are equivalent to chinese meridians,pressure point.,along this energy line by using the palms of the hands,thumbs,elbows and feet.,It involve in gentle pulling,stretching to free tension within the body. Help to remove blockages which allows free flow of energy through the body. Balancing the body it energy circulation as well as mobitisation to your joint.
Thai massage is unique and very effective way of healing. Thai massage will leave you feeling energised,stimulating,and refresh afterwards.
Thai massage is safe no side affects,no harmful,toxin left in the body,and suitable for all-ages healthy or not healthy.
However there are some precaution in some conditions like cancer, broken bone. high blood pressure,ongoing disease,fever,heart problem.,or if not sure don''t do it.