Thai massage, also known as yoga massage, consists of deep massage and stretching movements. The therapist uses his hands, elbows, knees, feet and entire legs to move the client into a series of yoga stretches. No oils are used in Thai massage. The client wears comfortable clothes, and the massage is performed on the floor on padded mats. Getting Thai massage may feel like doing yoga without having to exert yourself.
The therapist follows the "sen" lines, comparable to meridians in Chinese medicine or "nadis" in Indian medicine. The therapist walks on you using her feet and heels. The therapist also uses her legs and feet to fix your body and limbs in necessary positions while you are being stretched. A full massage typically lasts two hours or more. It consists of rhythmic pressing, pushing, pulling and stretching of your entire body, including fingers, toes and ears. The massage follows a standard sequence.
Thai massage has been taught & practiced in Thailand for approximately twenty-five hundred years. Although the origins are somewhat vague, credit for Thai massage is given to a famous Indian doctor, Shicago Komarpai, who was the personal physician of Buddha & Magadha king. Thai massage is based on the theory the body is made up of seventy-two thousand sen, or energy lines, of which ten hold top priority. Thai massage also involves peripheral stimulating , meaning it acts as an external stimulant to provide specific internal effects. Thai massage is practice on a firm mat on the floor, or recreated for a table, instrumental in the effective use of the practitioner's body weight. Except for the feet, the client remains fully clothed, so draping is not necessary. Some people call it "Lazy Yoga", where practitioner provide lots of body stretch patterns and kind-like exercises of yoga.