19 Feb Principles of Thai Massage
Thai Massage varies from the other massage therapies which usually involve tissue manipulation. It is a dry massage therapy and does not use any oils or lotion. Instead it is performed using deep compressing, rhythmic pressing, and stretching actions. The pressure, tension, and motion or vibration movements used during massage improve regional blood circulation. Thai Massage is performed using different body parts such as palm, thumb, fingers, forearm, elbow or even feet.
Thai Massage uses a variety of yoga like stretching positions that is believed to cause its therapeutic effects. Thai massage is based on principles of correcting the energy balance through the body. The basic principle of Thai Massage is to start working from the extremities of the body (laterally) and work towards the core of the body (medially), and then back to the extremities. This ensures the flow of energy through the energy channels called meridians, and also helps improves blood circulation throughout the body.