Thai massage follows the Sen lines of the body, which are believed to be the vessels that carry the iom or air throughout the body. The therapist applies pressure to points along these lines in order to establish equilibrium throughout.
Thai massage is different to Western massage in the way that the Thai therapist utilises her body weight to perform the maneouvres. The massage practitioner leans on the recipient’s body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm pressure. In other positions, the therapist may use her feet to apply pressure to the pressure points of the body. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the practitioner will adjust to fit each individual.
You may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the treatment.
The true practice of the art of healing in traditional Thai Massage requires a compassionate therapist. It is important for the therapist to cultivate humility, awareness, and concentration in order to have a deeper level of awareness of herself and her patient.