TABLE THAI MASSAGE

Diagram of Thai massage points, Bangkok, Thailand

Thai Table Massage is an adaptation of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage customarily performed on a floor mat. As in traditional Thai Yoga massage, the therapist uses leverage, momentum and gravity rather than muscular strength. The core of Thai massage theory centres around the integration of mind, body and spirit, and therapists seek to connect with their clients in what is often referred to as a therapeutic dance. The origins of Thai massage are thought to date back to the Ayurvedic traditions of ancient India. Traditional Thai massage does not use oils or lotions, allowing the client to remain fully clothed.

Thai Table Massage is blended healing practice harmonizing breath, movement, stress reduction, and pain relief. The doctrine of Table Thai Yoga Massage is “Metta”, otherwise known as, “the practice of loving kindness." Metta is fulfilled when both the giver and receiver achieve a state of benevolence. In other words, both the client and the therapist benefit on a profound level. Thai Table Massage clears blockages along the “wind channels”, or “sen lines’, and powerfully relaxes body and mind. Some clients can experience an emotional release during or after a session, physical and emotional trauma are let go from the body.

 

The rocking motion central to Thai massage is both sedating and relaxing, while the therapist-assisted stretching and range of motion work is energizing. The relaxation response of the parasympathetic nervous system is engaged when the body is rocked. Using a rocking motion to apply pressure allows for the muscle fibres to lengthen more readily.

For a Thai Table Massage, it is necessary to wear loose or gym-type clothing, to allow freedom of movement. Thai table massage is an ideal alternative to sports stretch routines, or as a precursor to practicing yoga, or improves flexibility and movement in advanced yoga practitioners.