Thai & Bali massage
The roots of Thai massage lie in Buddism. When Buddism spread from India to other parts of Asia, the monks brought their medical practices with them to Thailand as an integral part of the religious system.
Massage is a method of treating ilnesses that has been used successfully for a very long time, in fact, for more than two thousand years. With the change in social conditions, some new methods became institutionalised and massage, as a form of illness treatment, has completely disappeared from many societies. However, in Thailand, the practice of massage for treating physical ailiments is still alive.
Today the neglect of Thai massage is forgotten. Thai massage is widely used to treat conditions as well as to prevent illness and maintain general health. It is taught throughout Thailand by individual masters and schools, the best known of which, especially for Westerners, are those at Wat Pho monastery in Bangkok.
The commencement of the massage session is marked by the prayer (mantra) which is performed by both masseure and the client in order to achieve spiritual harmony between the two.
The text of the prayer is as follows
"We invite the spirit of our Founder, the Father Doctor Shivago, who comes to us through his saintly life. Please bring us the knowledge of all nature, that this prayer will show us the true medicine of the Universe. In the name of this mantra, we request your help and pray that through our bodies you will bring wholeness and health to the body of our client. The Goddess of healing dwells in the heavens high, while mankind stays in the world below. In the name of the Founder, may the heavens be reflected in the earth below so that this healing medicine may encircle the world".
The term "Thai massage" in the context of Western practice can be misleading, as we usually associate "massage" with a type of tissue manipulation, applied directly to the skin with receiver lying on a raised bed. Thai massage does include soft-tissue manipulation, but is performed on a mat on the floor with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing made of natural fibre. Working on a mat on the floor allows and supports the freedom of movement required for this wonderful style of massage. The masseuere's own bodyweight, rather than muscular force, is used in the application of pressure to deliver compressions.
Stretches and breathing, rocking, relaxing, stretching and working with gravity are equally integral aspects of good treatment. Most importantly, the practitioner's attitude and approach - working from a place of open heart and compassion - is as essintial as good technique.
The quality of treatment comes from the carefully tuned "listening" skills and experienced quality of touch from the masseure together with good technique and practice. A traditional Thai masseure needs to trust his or her intuition, rather than the structural diagnosis used in other disciplines, which can often get in the way as the body reacts and changes to every touch.
The benefits of Thai massage are numerous, but its uniqueness is the ability to incorporate rather than limit. Its wholesome, rounded flowing style welcomes all to participate. Not just the client, but masseure as well comes out feeling more open, stretched, refreshed and "in balance". Thai massage achieves this through the application of rhythmic compression to energy lines and points, in synergy with deep stretching movements, gentle rocking and a receptive awareness between masseure and client to co-create a unique healing experience in the balancing of energies. It is very much like a form of meditation for the masseure as both he or she and the client move into a space of gentle trust and receptivity, with the client being aware of taking part but almost in a trance-like state.
These are the recommendations for the client:
- If you feel uncomfortable about receiving the treatment (for whatever reason) ask masseure to stop and wait until you feel more positive;
- Remember that duration od the treatment is of your choice but 2 hours session is ideal, as it allows for a full body treatment and enables both of you and masseure to move into a special space of relaxation and meditation;
- Take some minutes of rest before getting up after the treatment. Most people may feel a little "spaced out" but in a very nice way! Some people release emotions and feelings that they never addressed before as a result of treatment. A drink of water (tea) and a little time to get back to "normal" are helpful.
The company "7 colours" invites you to try traditional Thai massage here in Moscow. This is rare opportunity, really exotic and exclusive and should not be missed.
We hope that meeting the Thai ancient culture without actually leaving Russia could be a remarcable experience which may enrich you both physically and spiritually.
Post scriptum. The Embassy of Thailand in Moscow have officially expressed their gratitude to the company "7 colours" for introduction and dissemination of Thai traditional massage in Russia.
Wat Pho (Wat Phra Chetuphon Vimonmangklararam)
The Temple of the Reclining Buddha or Wat Pho, is a first grade royal monastery, the oldest and biggest temple with the largest number of pagodas (95 in all). It is well known for its giagantic Reclining Buddha or Phra Buddhasaiyas, and Wat Pho became the first open University of Thailand offering the courses in such branches of knowledge as Thai traditional medical science, massage, fine arts etc. This open university is under the King's patronage and is sponsored by the Government of Thailand.
Medical and massage school is located here and many Thai nationals and foreigners attend this school.
Wat Pho was largely renovated in 1836 during the reign of King Rama III. By a royal decree the inscriptions related to arts and sciences such as medicine and pharmacology have been made.
There are about 60 pictures of traditional Thai massage which include lines and points of human body, 80 statues of Yoga each of which represnts different self-massaging and stretching positions with different healing effects, and some 1,100 recognised formulas of herbal medicines are depicted. All those who ever wanted to acquire good knowledge and self health care may come in and study. These inscriptions are published in the form of the textbook by the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical School. Most of them are recognized by the Ministry of Public Health of Thailand to be the official textbooks, and some are translated into various foreign languages.
COUNTERINDICATIONS TO THAI MASSAGE
As with any therapy there are certain conditions when the treatment could not be given. In any case care should be taken and the clients are advised to consult their doctors for approval.
As a rule, Thai massage is not recommended in the following cases:
- serious heart condition, hypertension and cancer;
- artificial limbs and protheses such as hip corrector or knee cups;
- skin disorders (warts,cuts and bruises) and psoriasis etc.;
- varicose veins.
“7 KRASOK” enjoyed the role of a pioneer.
In 2003 we brought real Thai massage, and now we have brought real Bali massage: SPA-therapists from Indonesia – from Bali – work for “7 KRASOK” in Moscow and Saint-Petersburg. We have about 15 new SPA-programs.
And you will ask – “What about Thai massage?”
It stays the main service of THAI-SPA saloons.
And you, dear friends, are in for a pleasant choice…
About Bali massage and the best SPA-treatments on Earth…
Bali is one of the most attractive places Earth: 7 (seven!) active volcanoes, 4 million Hindus far from India, complicated and in its own way perfect organization of society. For the native people of Bali rituals are of great importance. They believe, for example, that the wind can get into muscles and create strain or spasms, then it must be “disguised” or “rubbed away” for relaxation. The descendants of Javanese royal dynasty are born aesthetes, artists, dancers.
For Bali the idea of SPA seemed to be absolutely natural. SPA centers on Bali borrowed Western methods and combined them with their rich ancient traditions.
Bali is known as “the capital of SPA” in Asia, and Bali-Masters have a very versatile professional experience.
Their best-known treatments are, for sure, various, delicate, delightful SPA treatments during and after which the guest is in the state of bliss and goes to “another reality”. Bali SPA Masters of “7 KRASOK” are real all-round craftsmen. Traditional Thai-massage, Japanese shiatsu and Hawaiian “lomi-lomi”, remade “in the Bali way”, are so natural, delicate and harmonious, that they almost don’t have to be adopted for a European. Here are used JAMU – natural toners, creams and oils made of thousands of herbs growing in rainforests. LULUR is a Javanese medical remedy with flaking-off and emollient effect. Royal ritual of the preparation of a bride for the wedding for centuries included treatments using lulur.
BOREH has always been a tonic remedy after a long workday on paddy fields and a remedy for colds in raining season. SPA-massage with boreh is a powerful tonic treatment.
And during SPA-program “WARM SEA STONES” we use stones of volcanic origin collected in the vicinity of the sacred Mount Agung and which are full of specific energy.
Traditional Bali-massage affects deep muscles. It is full of long strokes for extrusion of negative energy and toxins. During Bali-massage various methods are used: round movements, stretch elements, long kneading, press.
It also includes ancient Eastern methods of acupressure. The combination of these techniques leads to the improvement of blood and lymph circulation, removes nervous and muscular tension, restores inner balance of the body, makes you feel healthy and keeps up your spirits.
For the native people of Bali their island is a microcosm, where mountains and the space above them represent the sphere of gods (“kadja”), ground, sky and the space above them – the sphere of dark spirits (“kelod”). The World Center – dwelling place of Shiva – is the sacred Mount Agung. Kadja and kelod symbolize the contradiction of everything in the world: sky and earth, day and night, sun and moon, man and woman, life and the other world are opposed to each other, but separately they can’t exist.
We enjoy their primordial, “unspoiled civilization” – open, naive and very sincere view on life, outward things, the Universe and its laws.
Bali-massage is always something more than a simple massage. You will delight in the ritual, sensuality, emanation of positive energy, in a special state of recovery and weightlessness of your body when the wind is “rubbed away”, in the joy of the communication with “children of nature” who has grown on a paradisiacal island in the southern hemisphere.
Discover a real Bali-massage – it’s delightful! In the collection of “7 KRASOK” has appeared one more jewel…
Learn more about the SPA-programs performed by SPA-masters from Bali – in the section SERVICES.
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