Thai Massage (known as nuad boran or nuad Thai in Thailand), with a colorful history of more than 2,000 years, is a profound healing practice that incorporates Buddhist mindfulness principles into massage. Traditionally, it is believed that by stimulating and increasing movement in the joints and tissues of our bodies, health and wellness is improved and we can live happier, more peaceful lives. This practice was used thousands of years ago by Buddhist missionaries as a simple way to recover from injuries while maintaining vitality and health travelling through harsh conditions in Southeast Asia.
Thai massage is received fully clothed on a large, comfortable mat at floor level. The receiver dresses for comfort and to allow movement. During the massage, the receiver will be encouraged to relax completely while they are moved passively through a series of stretches in different positions, not unlike yoga poses. The practitioner will use palms, fingers, thumbs, elbows and even feet an knees to apply pressure to congested areas to increase circulation and release muscle tension. Passive stretching is performed to all the joints, especially those areas where muscles are short or over-active.
A unique feature of Thai massage is that the entire body is treated during every massage. Depending on the time allowed, the depth of treatment will vary, but because of a belief that the body works as a whole, it is considered important to address each area to make sure the body is balanced and that a deep state of relaxation has been achieved. However, if the receiver is uncomfortable about any area, they may of course request that it be left alone.