Thai Massage is quite different from what most western people perceive as massage. The main difference is that it is practiced fully clothed on a floor mat, where oils or lotions are not necessary.
Traditional Thai Massage, has many other names and is also known as:
- Thai Ancient Massage ‘Nuad Paen Bo’Rarn’ (massage traditional/ancient);
- Thai Yoga Massage;
- Thai Classical Massage;
- Thai Bodywork, etc.
Thai massage techniques can be used on many parts of body such as the thumbs, elbows, palms, forearms, feet, and knees include: rocking, rhythmic muscle compression, assisted yoga positions and stretching.
The intention of Traditional Thai Massage is to guide the body, mind, and spirit into balance and harmony, providing an opportunity for self-healing. The practitioner always begins the session with "Puja"(worship), a moment of centering and connection, paying attention to Promwihan Sii, the Four States of Mind:
- loving kindness,
- vicarious joy, and