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  1. 1. Traditional Thai MassagesTraditional Thai Massages Presented by:Presented by: Bonny, Diana, RaviBonny, Diana, Ravi
  2. 2. Introduction • Who: Ravi, Diana, Bonny • When: September 5th 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
  3. 3. • 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.
  4. 4. •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.
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. continued… • 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
  8. 8. continued… • 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
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Diana’s Experience Body Massage
  12. 12. 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)
  13. 13. 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
  14. 14. Bonny’s Experience Foot Massage

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