ABOUT TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE
Thai massage is a cross between acupressure, yoga, and Zen shiatsu and is inspired by Buddhist teachings.
The actual massage consists of slow, rhythmic compressions and stretches along the body's energy lines, also called sen in Thai, 72,000 sen are said to exist within the body, and Thai massage concentrates on applying pressure along 10 of the most important sen, using the palms of the hands, thumbs, elbows, and feet. The effort from the practitioner works to free tension within the body.
Practitioners also position the body into yoga-like poses and gently rock the body to open the joints and facilitate limbering. A thorough Thai massage includes the following four basic positions: from the front with the client lying supine from the side with the client alternately lying on either side from the back with the client lying prone in a sitting position One of the most important principles of Thai massage is the continuous flow of sequential movements that prepares the client for the next step in the massage.
The practitioner is always aware of their position so that an uninterrupted slow rhythm is maintained. Deep, sustained pressure ensures that the myofascia, or the muscle's connective tissue, softens and relaxes in order to release the flow of energy along with the Zen and to prepare the client for the large-scale stretches that follow.
Over the last few decades, the healing power of Thai Massage has become known to more and more people interested in alternative medicine, the teachings have spread from the East to the West.
Now there are many schools all over the world and Thai Massage has become a renowned healing method because it applies ancient knowledge to the needs of the present. In 2019 Nuad Thai or Traditional Thai Massage was listed on the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by Unesco.
THE ORIGIN OF THAI MASSAGE
The origin of Traditional Thai massage reportedly began over 2,500 years ago along with the introduction of Buddhism.
It is one of four branches of traditional medicine in Thailand, the others being herbs, nutrition, and spiritual practice.
The historical creator of Thai massage is Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, known as Shivaga Komarpaj in Thailand. Bhaccha was from the north of India and said to be a close associate of the Buddha and chief to the original community gathered around the Buddha. The movement of massage into Thailand accompanied the migration of monks from India to Thailand, possibly around the second-century b.c.e.
Thai massage developed within the context of Buddhist monasteries and temples, where Thai have traditionally sought relief from all kinds of suffering. While the recorded history of Thai massage was lost during the Burmese attack on the royal capital of Ayutthia in 1767, the surviving records are now inscribed in stone and can be found at the Sala Moh Nuat (massage pavilion) within the temple of Pra Chetuphon in Bangkok, known as Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha.
Its spiritual aspect also remains as teachers of the therapy begin classes with the practice of Whaikru, a series of prayers and recitations dedicated to Shivago Komarpaj, the father of Thai massage and the Goddess of Healing, and teachers of the tradition through the centuries.
Successfully completed the Thai Traditional Massage course from the Thai Traditional Medical Service Society (TTMS) in 2010.
Successfully completed Thai Traditional Massage course from the Thai Massage & Spa Academy Bangkok in 2014
Successfully completed Reflexology Foot Massage Course
Successfully completed the Original Western Technique Style Massage Course
Successfully completed the Aromatherapy Oil (Swedish Style) Massage Course
Successfully completed the Aromatherapy Oil (Balinese Style) Massage Course
Successfully completed the Body Spa Treatment Course
Successfully completed Facial Spa Treatment Course
Successfully completed the Business management of Thai massage and spa professional Course
Amy’s certificates are accredited by The Ministry of Education, The Ministry of Labour, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and The Ministry of Public Health Thailand.
Successfully completed UK certified Level 3 Diploma Massage Therapist Course