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Traditional Thai foot massage is a unique and powerful therapy and an ancient form of therapeutic healing. Its roots are in India from where it was brought to Thailand over 2000 years ago by Ayurvedic doctors and Buddhist monks.
It combines acupressure, energy balancing and stretching with applied yoga exercises. Whereas most traditional western and eastern massage practices focus on tissue manipulation and the working of the muscles and joints, Thai Massage barely touches on either of these. Is is more a manipulation of the pressure points, energy lines, and basic body forces which together produce a highly therapeutic effect.
Using thumbs, hands and a wooden acupressure tool, massage is applied to the lower legs and feet using rubbing, kneading, stretching and vibration techniques.
Pressure points along "Sen" lines ( energy lines) correspond to the meridians of Chinese medicine and the Nadi of Indian yogic tradition. By focusing on these reflex points on the feet, which correspond to various internal organs, through which life energy, prana, Chi or Ki flows. It is believed that blockages within the flow will result in pain, or illness. Applying pressure and stretches to the points blocked energy can be released and functions balanced - much like a practice of Acupuncture, Acupressure and Shiatsu.
It can effectively relieve various dysfunction and disorders, but it is also a wonderful treatment to promote overall health, increase energy and provides a general sense of wellbeing.