Tracing the evolution of the techniques of healing-massage practiced in Thailand reveals that the earliest roots of Thai Yoga Massage lie not in Thailand, but in India.
The legendary founder of the art is believed to have been a doctor from northern India. Known as Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, he was a contemporary of the Buddha and personal physician to the Magadha King Bimbisara over 2,500 years ago. The teachings of Kumar Bhaccha probably reached Thailand at the same time as Buddhism – as early as the 3rd or 2nd century BC.
The Indian origin and influence is obvious here since the background of this theory clearly lies in Yoga philosophy. Yoga philosophy states that life energy (called Prana) is absorbed with the air we breathe and with the food we eat. Along a network of energy lines, the Prana Nadis, the human being is then supplied with this vital energy.
Thai massage has evolved 10 main energy lines (sen) on which there are especially important acupressure points. However, contrary to Western style massage, traditional Thai Yoga Massage does not primarily work with the physical body but rather with the energy body of man.
The kneading of muscles, which dominates Western style massage, is absent from Thai yoga massage: energy points are pressed or general pressure is used instead. There is a lot of stretching involved and many exercises might well be described as ‘applied Hatha Yoga’ or ‘applied physical Yoga’.
Practitioners position the body into yoga-like poses and gently rock the body to more deeply open joints and facilitate deep therapy.
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