The technique of Thai Massage consists of slow and rhythmic compression along energy lines, work on acu-points and stretching. One aspect of work in Thai Massage is similar to what in western terminology should be called peripheral stimulation, witch means that certain effect in some areas of the body will be attained through stimulation of some other, distant areas, as it takes place in therapies like acupuncture, rolfing or Shiatsu.The other aspect of stretching and joint opening movements makes similarity with certain kinds of manipulative therapy such as osteopathy, physiotherapy or chiropractics.he session is tailored according to the individual needs and body condition of the receiver.
The practitioner uses their thumbs, palms, feet, elbows and knees to press, pull and stretch, while remaining focused on their own body-center. In areas of tension the pressure can be held for a longer time. This combination of slow movements and focused awareness creates a sense of flowing dance around and with the recipient's body. Full sessions last 1.5 - 2 or even 3 hours. One hour is considered to beshort. It is so because techniques of Thai massage are performed in slow pace and cover the whole body,from feet to the head and face.Treatments in Thai massage are beeing performed on the floor and madrasusually.
There are four positions used in Thai massage: on the back, on stomach, on the side and sitting.It is not obligatory to use all of them durind one session, the choice of techniques and positions depends on clients predispositon and specific conditions, for example for pregnant lady the side position is preffered mostly, for someone with acute lower back pain sitting position might bedifficult, etc.Usually the the therapist starts session spending big amount of time working on clients legs. It involves energy lines acupressure, stretching and joints opening techniques. For someone who never experieced Thai massage before it might be bit of suprise as westerners usually need lot of back muscles and spine work.
The good examle of what Thai massage therapist usualy spends lot of time with, is working with the sciatic nerve and iliopsoas muscle. By stretching the muscles, pressing on different angles,pulling and openning in the joints, Thai therapist will treat effectively various lower back pains syndroms like sciatia, lumbago etc.
One of the very unique techniques applied in Thai massage is so called "Blood Stop" as translated from Thai "Opening the Wind Gate". Here a firm and lasting up to one minute pressure is applied on groin and and sometimes shoulders area arteries. After relieving the pressure client experiences hot flush of enrgy along the limbs, wich in fact is blood increased operation.
A muscle spasm is experienced when your muscle tightens up and will not relax. When any part of the spine is injured, including a disc, ligament, bone, or muscle-the muscles automatically go into spasm to reduce the motion around the area. This mechanism is designed to protect the injured area.Muscles that are in spasm produce too much lactic acid, a waste product from the chemical reaction inside muscle cells.