Traditional Thai massage is a unique form of Bodywork that incorporates Yoga, acupressure and reflexology with origins dating back about 2500 years.
In Thailand, Thai massage is one of the branches of Thai traditional medicine, now recognized and regulated by the government, and is widely considered to be a medical discipline used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. On the other hand, Thai massage is also practiced and taught by a number of non-medical massage technicians in the spa and tourism industries. In North America and Europe, an increasing number of practitioners and teachers of Thai massage have emerged since the 1990s. In Europe and the United States, Thai massage is a growing modality among clients of massage clinics and massage therapists seeking continuing education. Thai massage therapists manipulate a handful of major “sen sib” lines by pressing certain points along the lines.
In most models, the main 10 “sen sib” originate at the navel and spread throughout the body to terminate at the orifices. A significant part of the practice of Thai massage also includes yoga-like stretches which are intended to stimulate the “sen sib” and move “prana” through the body via a pumping action which is connected with the patient’s breathing. The “pranic” energy networks permeate the body of any living being, and vibrate in response to physiological, psychological, and spiritual experiences. No one can name or diagram all of the body’s infinite energy circuits. However, 10 main sen are commonly taught and used in Thailand’s massage schools to treat the entire body.
The true practice of the art of healing in traditional “Nuad Boran” (Thai massage) is the compassionate intent of the healer. The Buddhist spiritual practices associated with Thai massage cultivate humility, awareness, and concentration in the healer designed to bring the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness of both, practitioner and the receiver. This compassionate state of being is termed “Metta”, which usually translates as “loving kindness”.
Loving-kindness has the mode of friendliness for its characteristic. Its natural function is to promote friendliness. It is manifested as the disappearance of ill-will. Its footing is seeing with kindness. When it succeeds it eliminates ill-will. When it fails it degenerates into selfish affectionate desire.”
May all beings be free from enmity, affliction and anxiety and live happily.
Some of the benefits are..
Helps detoxification of the body and boost immune system
Increases blood circulation, lowers blood pressure
Good for muscle relaxation, increases flexibility in your muscles, increases mobility
Improves posture, balance, corrects body alignments and dissolves energy blockages
Helps to tone the body, strengthens joints and solves physical problems
Slows the aging process
Centers the mind and body
Reduces and relieve stress and anxiety
Helps people boost their inner energy levels
Helps to achieve better health, increases health and vitality.
Thai Yoga or Rue-Si Datton is a complex of physical exercises and postures, which have flourished in Thailand for almost 200 years.
Rue-Si means “Ascetic” or the one person who concentrates. “Datton” which means “self-stretching” in Thai language. Putting both together is “Ascetic self-stretching exercises”.
Yogis have been using these postures to keep their physical bodies in balance during long periods of meditation.
The inscriptions at Wat Po (Bangkok) are the clear evidence that Rue-Si Datton can be traced back to the Reign of King Rama I when he issued a royal command to restore in (Wat-Po) the collections of the ancient textbooks of medicines and sculptures of (Sen –Sib) energy lines of the body and physical exercise postures of Rue-Si Datton in order to enable the general public to learn and use them for wellbeing and for large-scale treatments. If exercise are practiced regularly along with respiration system (similar to Buddhist meditation) both physical and mental body are effected and get healthier.
The complication of Rue-Si Datton exercises was accomplished according to the project on the decade of Thai Traditional Medicine.
Some important benefits of practice are efficient joints movements, pain relief, full capacity of absorbent and eliminating system, better health, greater resistance to diseases, slow degeneration in the aged persons and qualitative long life.
It differs from other kinds of Yoga in breathing method – you have to breathe in stretching and keep your breathing in posing and breath out back to initial position. It includes lots of exercises to stimulate on your spinal bone, legs muscle and which are influential on the stream of blood and lymph. It is also effective for losing weight.
Rue-Si Datton is the healthy exercise that can be useful to anyone, from a child to an old person; an experienced yoga to a physically inflexible person.