The origins and history
Thai Massage is an ancient therapy that has been practiced in Thailand for thousands of years. It is believed that Thai Massage was developed more than 2500 years ago by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha ( Shivago Kompara ) a friend to the Buddha who had tremendous knowledge of medicine. Shivago is believed by most Thai healers to be the inventor of Thai traditional medicine. He is also referred to as the ‘Father Doctor” and the Thai healer practice the ethics of giving thanks to the Father Doctor before and after massage.
The experts and researchers also report that Thai medicine is believed to have “Rural” and “Royal Traditions. The rural traditions seem non-scholarly and rely on informal methods of education. The “Rural” tradition of healing seems to be passed down to generations through some secret code transmitted orally from the teacher to its pupils. On the other hand, the Royal tradition of Thai medicine is believed to be developed at the royal court and shows influence from India, China, the Muslim world. It seems to have a great influence from the Ayurvedic tradition from India.
Although the evolution of techniques and practices has happened in Thailand, the origin of Thai Massage can be actually traced to India. Its yoga philosophy is another reason to believe that this therapy has its roots in Ancient India.
The Principles of Thai Massage
Thai Massage is very different from the other massage therapies that usually involve tissue manipulation. It is a dry massage therapy and does not use any oils or lotion. Instead it is performed using deep compressing, rhythmic pressing, and stretching actions. The pressure, tension, and motion or vibration movements used during massage improve regional blood circulation. The Thai Massage is performed using different body parts such as palm, thumb, fingers, forearm, elbow or even feet.
Thai Massage used a variety of yoga like stretching positions that is believed to cause its therapeutic effects. Thai massage is based on principles of correcting the energy balance through the body. The basic principle of Thai Massage is to start with from the extremities of the body (laterally), work towards the core of the body (medially), and then back to the extremities. This ensured the flow of energy though the energy channels called meridians, and also improve blood circulation throughout the body.
Health Benefits of Thai Massage
1. Relaxes Muscles and relieves pain
- The combination of stretching action and gentle massage relaxes and lengthens tight muscles. It also reduces the stiffness or knots in muscle that cause pain.
2. Increases muscle flexibility
- The yoga stretching actions stretches the muscle to the sustainable point. This improves the muscle tone and flexibility.
3. Improves joint motions
- The stretching action improves the movement of fluids (such as lymph, synovial and cerebrospinal) in the space between joints.
4. Improves blood circulation
- The massage action improves the blood circulation throughout the body.
5. Relieves musculoskeletal pain
- Tight muscles can put pressure on the joints and cause musculoskeletal pain such as back pain or shoulder pain. Thai massage release the pressure from joints and allows them to fall back into proper alignment, relieving the pain.
6. Improves immunity
- Improved blood circulation helps to remove the toxins from the body. This increases immunity to diseases.
7. Promotes mental relaxation
- Relaxes body and mine to release of emotional or mental stress.
8. Reduces fatigue
- Massage and stretching can effectively reduce body soreness and fatigue.
9. Sleep Problems
- Naturally soothing to the mind and body, Thai Massage helps you to sleep better and alleviate disturbed sleep patterns.
This first time client specials includes your choice of Thai Massage, Thai Swedish Massage, Deep Tissue Massage only. Call us or ask front-desk for the specials before paying.
The following policies and procedures serve as a guide for first-time and regular massage guests of SRILA THAI MASSAGE.
We are open daily from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.
2972C Chain Bridge Rd,
Oakton, VA 22124