■The outline of the Traditional Thai Massage
The Traditional Thai Massage is the tradition medicine of the Kingdom of Thailand, and is Oriental medicine which achives satisfactory results as alternative medicine and preventive medicine. It is said that the root dates back to the times of Buddha - 2500 years ago . After the model was introduced to Thailand with Buddhism, it was inherited from the priest to a priest of the Thai temple, developing independently. After further development, it was systematized more effectively and practically. The Thai Traditional Massage has developed along with Thai Buddhism over several hundred years. As the Kingdom of Thailand where 95% of the nation are Buddhists, many signs affected by Buddhism can be seen in this traditional massage method. The method is very wide from the one that resembles Chinese and Japanese massage to another that is acrobatic. The width of the massage reminds us of the path of Buddhism from India to China.
The Traditional Thai Massage not only eases stiffness but improves the circulation of the whole body and carries oxygen and nourishment to each cell and encourages self-healing. Thus it regains healthy body and mind by getting original physical condition. Unlike so-called quick massage which takes only short time to relive partial stiffness, the Traditional Thai Massage takes relaxing time to relive the whole body. There are various techniques in Traditional Thai Massage. Besides the pressure using thumbs like SHIATSU and palms, some techniques includes using of elbows and feet. The acrobatic stretching technique would be the most characteristic inTraditional Thai massage.
■Differences with other massages
1. Takes two to three hours to relax
The Traditional Thai Massage, Nuad Bo'Rarn usually takes two to three hours to massage the whole body. Partial muscular fatigue may be removed with some twenty minutes' quick massage, but Traditional Thai Massage takes more time to relived the whole body slowly and relaxingly.
2. Starts from a foot
Let's go over the whole process of Traditional Thai Massage. Usually, to help the client relax, it starts from a foot. By pressing the sole, it stimulates muscles, blood vessel, and the nervous system and promotes blood circulation. Body wastes are flushed away and fresh blood provides oxygen. Bad circulation piles up fatigue and the physical condition gets worse. Legs are called "second heart", and the reason is that legs cover two thirds of the muscles and play a role as a pump sending back blood to heart again. Blood pressure of legs are one tenth of upper body, so blood does not circulate well to the furthest part from heart. There are many nerve systems to control an autonomic nerve and the whole body in insteps and soles. By pressuring these reflexes of the soles and insteps, we can adjust the physical condition and maintain our health by ourselves.
3. Particular about a leg
Next, press the whole leg along an energy line (sen). After pressing six sen of the leg with thumbs, press with palms to give pressure along lines many times. It promotes a flow of "the spirit " and encourages circulation of blood and the lymph. While blood flows in a blood vessel, pressing pushes body waste in a cell to a capillary vessels intentionally. Usually it takes 40 minutes to one hour for legs. This can be said one characteristic of the Traditional Thai massage. While approaching legs, the internal organs of stomach begin to work and push out gas to encourage urination and evacuation. In other words, leg approach stimulates an autonomous nerves to control the whole body, and the order was delivered to make bowels work naturally.
4. Reliver the whole body
After the thorough massage of legs follows arms, abdomen, waist, back, shoulder, neck, sometimes face and head to warm the whole body. A therapist use thumbs, palms, elbows, and many other part of the body to relive the stiffness of the receiver.
The characteristic of the Traditional Thai Massage would be stretching techniques which are acrobatic and bold. The Traditional Thai Massage is called "yoga by two". This not only means the receiver takes the pose of yoga, but therapist also takes the same yoga pose while massaging. In other words, not only the receiver but also the therapist can be healthy. Yoga includes meditation but Traditional Thai Massage is often operated in a state similart to meditation. The massage is never done with power but with slow and empty mind. Meditation means to relax one's mind without thinking anything, released from many daily restrictions. By doing meditation as a therapist of Traditional Thai Massage, one can regain original health condition both physically and mentally, and can release the spirit.
■Attention from all over the world
These years, Traditional Thai Massage gets attention from all over the world to spread the whole world rapidly. Traditional Thai Massage is called "Nuad Bo'Rarn", in Thai, and is based on the thinking of traditional medicine unique to the kingdom of Thailand. There are energy lines called "sen" in the human body, and it is thought that we can revive energy by stimulating this sen in Nuad bo rarn. Because this sen is not visible, the existence is not clarified in today's Western medicine, but the effect of Nuad Bo'Rar is elucidated scientifically by a recent study. Surprising effectts have been brought out by stimulating an energy line flowing in the human body. Traditional Thai Massage attracts attention as a preventive medicine in the 21st century even if it cannot yet be elucidated in the Western medicine because this energy line cannot be photographed even an X-ray.
■Several styles of Thai Massage
In Thailand, this unique surgical operation method is very popular, and many massage salons and schools crowd in the sea bream. More than 2,000 massage salons crowd only in the capital Bangkok. It is no more technique retained only among the priests of the Thai temple, and many places besides Thailand host the schools to teach the traditional massage method, after 90's when Oriental medicine gets attention. Generally, one massage takes good two hours. The most popular place is Wat Pho, where there are spaces for massage within the temple. This is why the Wat Poh is called "massage temple" in general. The technique is different from each salon and individual, and still developing today. It could be divided in two large ways; Southern aria centering Wat Pho in Bangkok and North aria centering Wat Suan Dok in Chiang Mai. Southern style includes many technique of Shiatsu, while North style includes streching to pull the muscle.
The Traditional Thai Massage is called "Nuad Bo'Rarn" in Thai. "Nuad" meaning massage, and "Bo 'Rarn" meaning ancient and traditional are mixed to "Nuad Bo 'Rarn". To articurate more exactly, Thai Massage is "Nuad Pen Thai" and Traditional Thai Massage is "Nuad Pen Bo 'Rarn Thai". The Nuad Bo 'Rarn School of Japan, which was an authorized school of TTMA (Non Profit Organization Traditional Thai Massage Association), was named in this way.