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  • Traditional Thai Massages Presented by: Bonny, Diana, Ravi
  • Introduction
    • Who: Ravi, Diana, Bonny
    • When: September 5 th 2009
    • Where: Wat Po Massages Service Center
    • What: To study and experience the massages
    • Why: Interested in different types of massage and their purposes. And why Thailand is popular for it.
    • How: BTS, Ravi’s mom drove us there
    • Process:
        • Met around 9 – 10 AM at Siam Paragon Starbucks
        • Ravi’s mom drove us there
        • Did our massage
        • Interviewed
        • Came back to Siam Paragon by car
    • Also called Thai yoga therapy, Nuad phaen boran or Nuad Thai
    • Reportedly began over 2000 years ago with the introduction of Buddhism.
    • Recorded history of traditional Thai massage was lost during the Burmese attack on Ayutthaya in 1767.
    • Few records survived are stored at Wat Po.
    History of Traditional Thai Massage
    • Uses point pressure, muscle stretching and compression, done in a rhythmic movement of gentle rocking
    • Therapists use their feet, forearms, knees, and elbows in Thai massage, not only hands.
    • Applied on a mat on the floor, and the work is done fully clothed and no oils are required.
    Thai Massage: Method
  • Ancient Wat Po Massage Teachings
    • Teacher/Master of Massagers
      • Shivago Komarpaj (Jīvaka Komarabhācca), who is said in the Pāli Buddhist Canon to have been the Buddha's physician over 2500 years ago
      • Massager treats him like god/the master of massaging
      • Believed that he performed different postures to relieve and relax his pain
    • The wall pictures + history
      • Medicine formula
      • How it helps
      • Where to press
      • Boy and girl
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  • boy girl
  • Types of Massages
    • Aromatherapy and Oil Massage
      • Common supplements : essential oils
      • Includes other external application of water, lubricants, salt scrubs, and other tropical preparations and devices to improve actions of hands.
      • Aromatherapy involves oils that are naturally extracted from plants to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of body and mind
      • Fragrances can further calm, relax, and restore energy in the response of the aroma
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    • Foot Massages
      • Common as the body massage
      • Regularly seen around Thailand
      • To receive a traditional food massage, not only feet are massaged but also legs, lower thighs, hands and forearms
      • Massagers massages lightly and precisely on specific nerve endings in the foot
      • Since each part of the foot links to another distant body organ of the body, it can be treated by food massage
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    • Facial Massages
      • Can relax and restore energy in the face, increasing ciculation
      • Often massaged in circular strokes in the forehead, cheeks, chin and neck
      • In an upward motion, fingers move from the neck up to the forehead regularly to give skin a tight and youthful effect
  • Techniques on Massages
    • Pressure along the “sen” (the energy lines)
    • Gentle soothing movements
    • Yogic stretching
    • Joint compression and decompression
    • Uses of feet, forearms, knees and elbows, hands
  • Interview
    • Khun Toi
    • 37 years old
    • Working for 11 years
    • Trained at Wat Po Massage School (Physiology, Human Anatomy, Herbal Medicine)
    • Treat Thai and foreigners with different massaging techniques
    • Worships the priest (teacher), Shivaga, prays him before a massage to ask for power and permission to perform a good massage
  • Diana’s Experience Body Massage
  • Ravi’s Experience Thai Herbal Massage
    • Preparation:
    • Steam the herb ball
    • Leave it until it cools down to apply to the skin
    • Ingredients:
    • Herbs- dried lemongrass, dried turmeric, dried Thai ginger, dried camphor, dried tamarind leaves and menthol + (smells like Tom Yum)
  • Thai Herbal Massage
    • How its apply:
    • area of body
    • Press and massage clockwise
    • What does it helps?
    • Muscular aches and strains
    • Energizes tired muscle
    • Reduce soreness, bruises, and joint stiffness
    • Healthy blood circulation
    • Reduce muscle sprains and bumps
  • Bonny’s Experience Foot Massage