Thai Massage - What Makes it Different?

Thai Massage - What Makes it Different?

Getting a massage when you are uptight or stressed, have had a muscle injury or just need a pamper is not unusual.


But there are a number of different massage practices - which one have you experienced? And what makes a traditional Thai massage?


What is Thai Massage?


Nuad Boran is the word of traditional Thai massage. Used for healing, it is known as one of the three branches of Traditional Thai medicine.


Its origins are based in Buddhist Medicine and the theory of the 5 elements and the 5 body layers. Thai massage combines acupressure massage joint adjustment and passive stretching. It is a powerful and unique experience, in that it aims to balance and relax the body and helps in the release of stress and tension, physical, mental and emotional.


The history behind it…


The founder of Thai massage is known to have been an Ayurvedic doctor, (originally from Northern India) called Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, who was a physician and friend of the Buddha, and personal physician to the King.


It is believed that he brought this healing art form to Thailand 2,500 years ago, and there it was mixed with indigenous massage and Chinese massage.


Thai massage was originally a spiritual practice, being taught and practised in temples, which were health centres where common people could go for spiritual, physical and emotional healing. The massage developed in different ways across the country, over centuries and there were various styles, owing to the changing traditions within families and temples, and due to the fact that knowledge was passed down orally from generation to generation or from teacher to student.


With Thai massage the sequence can be adapted according to the needs of the individual, no matter what age or how flexible they are and using acupressure, reflexology and stretches the Thai practitioner works on ten invisible energy lines, similar to meridians.


What are the benefits?


Thai massage is unique as it helps to deeply relax the body and at the same time restores energy. The overall effect is very balancing, releasing toxins, supporting the immune system and increasing a sense of well-being, as well as helping to improve posture. The movements assist the restructuring of the musculo-skeletal framework with great benefits for dancers, athletes, and yoga enthusiasts and for all people who wish to have more energy and achieve maximum performance.


Muscles, tendons and membranes stretch to loosen, relieving tense muscles and facilitating the movement of the body. The flow of blood makes blood vessels stretch and the flow of fresh blood to the body results in the activation of the nervous system.


Traditional Thai head, neck and shoulder massage is a great way to relax and relieve stress and tension. This type of massage therapy focusses on deep stretching and acupressure points for the relief of more than 50 minor ailments, such as: muscle sprains, tennis elbow, stiff neck, back pain, fatigue, stiffness and nervous tension. It also helps to make muscles, joints and tendons more supple and is helpful in preventing the atrophy (wasting away) of muscles in elderly people who are unable to exercise.




Our therapist here at the centre Aranya Condon has practiced the unique art of Thai Massage for the last 15 years.


She completed her training in Thailand at the world-famous Wat Po Medical School and is passionate about continually developing her skills, returning to Wat Po on several occasions to gain further qualifications.


To find out more or to book with Aranya see our website

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The Centre for Integral Health was started in 2013 by director Ben Calder after studying Integral theory since 2011 and over 10 years of professional practice of kinesiology and Bowen fascia Release Technique, coupled with the desire to explore the application of the Integral Model in relation to health.

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