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  1. 1. Thai Massage
  2. 2. <ul><li>What does Nuat Bo’rarn mean? </li></ul><ul><li>How long ago was Thai massage first recognized? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do people get Thai massages? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the name of the meditative prayer said just before the massage? </li></ul>
  3. 3. <ul><li>Who- Me (: and my friend Sirin, the photographer) </li></ul><ul><li>Where- Bamboo Spa in Nichada and Great Massage just outside the front gate of Nichada </li></ul><ul><li>When- Saturday, February 6, 2010 and February 22, 2010 </li></ul><ul><li>Why- To experience a Thai massage and to get closer to Thai culture through massage </li></ul><ul><li>How- Walking and golf cart </li></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>“ Nuat bo’rarn” means “Ancient massage” </li></ul><ul><li>“ ‘ Nuat’ means ‘to touch with the intention of imparting healing’ while ‘bo’rarn’ is derived from the Sanskrit language and means ‘ancient, sacred and revered’.” </li></ul><ul><li>( Spa Style page 63) </li></ul>
  5. 5. <ul><li>Shivago Komarpaj (what he is called in Thailand), the founder of Thai massage </li></ul><ul><li>His real name is Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha </li></ul><ul><li>From Northern India, and contemporary and friend of the Buddha </li></ul><ul><li>Known as “Father Doctor” </li></ul><ul><li>Theravada Buddhism </li></ul><ul><li>2500 years ago </li></ul>Shivago Komarpaj
  6. 6. <ul><li>Records of Thai massage are kept in stone at the Wat Po temple in Bangkok; massage school </li></ul><ul><li>Thai massage is passed on from generation to generation as a tradition </li></ul><ul><li>Also used to relieve muscle stress, pain, to loosen joints and for medical purposes </li></ul><ul><li>Referred to as Thai yoga massage </li></ul>Wat Po Regular Thai massage
  7. 7. <ul><li>Techniques used for massage include </li></ul><ul><li>Using the elbows, feet, hands, forearms and knees and body weight mainly for pressure </li></ul><ul><li>No massage oil is required. </li></ul><ul><li>Muscle stretching, pressure points and compression. </li></ul><ul><li>Done in rhythmic movement along Sên lines. </li></ul><ul><li>Move from toe to head because the head is sacred. </li></ul><ul><li>Meditative prayer called “puja” </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>There are typically 4 positions for a Thai massage: 1) front or prone, 2) back or supine, 3) side and seated, 4) lower back </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Video </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>What’s your name and age?- “ My name is Kung and I’m 30 years old ” </li></ul><ul><li>How long have you been practicing Thai massage? – “ 4 years ” </li></ul><ul><li>How long have you been working at this shop?- “ 4 years ” </li></ul><ul><li>Do you enjoy your work place?- “ Yes, I enjoy it very much because it makes me happy to work here” </li></ul><ul><li>Is this a family run business?- “No, my husband is a driver and I do massage” </li></ul><ul><li>How does giving a massage make you feel?- “Very good because I know the person is relaxed and feeling good” </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>Visual layer- Thai massage is usually practiced on a mat or pad on the floor. Movements are much more physical, by using the arms, elbows, knees and </li></ul><ul><li>legs, instead of just the hands. No oil is used. Light cotton pajamas for the massage stretching, Yoga positions </li></ul><ul><li>Rolls and Styles of Communications- In-direct: My massage therapist had to ask an older masseuse before she could answer my questions. </li></ul><ul><li>Group Beliefs and Behaviors- Massage being passed down generation to generation as a tradition. </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>After the massage, I felt loose like my body was less stressed, and muscles were less tense. During the massage it was pretty painful because the whole point was pressure, which I’m not used to. I was pretty surprised when it came to the massage itself, I didn’t know that they used their feet and elbows and such. I was surprised of how physical they were during the massage, I didn’t think it would have been so physical. The massage at Bamboo Spa was a Traditional Thai massage, where as at Great Massage it was just a Thai massage. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Quiz <ul><li>What does Nuat Bo’rarn mean? </li></ul><ul><li>How long ago was Thai massage first recognized? </li></ul><ul><li>Why do people get Thai massages? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the name of the meditative prayer said just before the massage? </li></ul>
  14. 14. <ul><li>Thames and Hudson Spa Style Asia © 2002 Archipelago Press </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /eng </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>