Performed through your clothes, Thai Traditional Massage leaves you in a state of relaxation and has existed for over 1000 years, in pretty much the same form that is used today.
You lie on a mat on the floor, fully clothed except for shoes and socks. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, feet knees and even shins to press and stretch your body. Thais believe that good health and freedom from pain result from the unhindered flow of vital energies through the body's tissues. The main 'channels' for distributing these energies are called 'Sen'. Pressing is the mechanical process used to stimulate energy flow in the Sen, and to release blockages or stagnation which result in pain. When the practitioner is satisfied that all soft tissues have been adequately pressed, stretching begins.
Regular Thai massage stretches the muscles back to their normal resting length, so before long, tension disappears and joint mobility is restored.
First time recipients of the massage react differently; some find the pressing techniques - particularly those done with the thumb - a little uncomfortable; others are shocked at the degree of stretching their stiff body can achieve. Almost all feel relaxed, refreshed and much more flexible afterwards, and those who have regular Thai massage come to enjoy the deep pressure techniques and manipulations.