What is Thai Foot Massage?
Thai Foot Massage has been practiced in Thailand for centuries and is an important part of Thai tradition. The whole area of the feet and the lower legs, up to and including the knees, are worked over, and its aim is to stimulate the body’s energy and internal organs using energy channels known as ‘Sen Lines’. In this way it differs from reflexology treatments which often work on specific reflex points or problem areas. By including massage of the lower leg Thai Foot Massage actively pushes the energy up towards the body rather than relying on it traveling along the reflected zone.
What are the benefits of Thai Foot Massage?
There are many benefits to Thai Foot Massage and these may include reduction of stress, deep relaxation, improved circulation, clearing the body of toxins and impurities, boosting of the immune system, accelerated physical healing, reduced stiffness and improved flexibility, improved sleep, clarity of mind and helps balance the whole system to bring about homeostasis.
What happens during an appointment?
Prior to a treatment a consultation is carried out. After this you will be asked to remove your shoes and socks and either roll up your trousers or take these off if too tight to roll up above the knees. You will then be asked to sit on the treatment couch and be made comfortable and covered with a blanket to keep you cosy. Then all you need to do is relax whilst I work on your feet. At the end of the session you will be given a glass of water, home care advice and time to come round before leaving to get on with the rest of your day.
Where does Thai Foot Massage originate from?
Thai Foot Massage has been practiced for thousands of years and has its origins in the Indian Ayruvedic medical system. Over the centuries this has been influenced by traditional Chinese methods and has evolved into the incredibly popular massage practice throughout Thailand today. It is an Indian doctor from around 500bc by the name of Jivaka Kumarabhacca who is recognised as the father/founder of traditional Thai medicine and prayers are offered in his honour, asking his spirit to work through the practitioner and guide their treatment. This prayer is known as ‘Wai Dru’ (honouring the teacher) and is spoken in one of two ancient Indian languages, Sanskrit or Pali.
In Thailand pampering has a purpose of promoting good health and for this reason Thai Foot Massage is not only practiced by professional doctors, but also among family and friends forming an important part of Thai culture.
For a truly indulgent experience why not combine the Thai Foot Massage with an Indian Head Massage for 90 minutes of absult relaxation.