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"OM MANI PADME HUM"
May all beings develop understanding of suffering

The Wells Thai Massage

Designed to relax, revive and rejuvenate, offers an

oasis of tranquillity from a world of busy lifestyle.

 

Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient form of body therapy,

which incorporates both yoga and acupressure techniques.

With gentle rocking, deep stretching and compressions it

assists in the natural rebalancing of your muscular-skeletal

framework. Known as “lazy man’s yoga” you will feel

invigorated and centred after a treatment.

 

Thai yoga massage works to clear energy blockages and

restore balance and harmony to the body.

 

The technique used is the technique of ASOKANANDA. Asokananda (Harald Brust) was born in 1955 in West Germany. Since 1978 he spent most of his time in Asia, where he was involved in the research into and teaching of yoga, Buddhist meditation and traditional Thai yoga massage.

 

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Thai massage unfortunately suffers from reputation of services quite different from genuine massage since very few foreign visitors arrive in Thailand already knowing that “Traditional massage” is something totally different from the sort of thinly disguised prostitution found in Bangkok’s parlours.

 

Traditional Thai massage can look back at a long history of therapeutic healing. The earliest roots of Thai massage lie not in Thailand but in India. The legendary founder of the art is believed to have been a doctor from northern India. Known as Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, he was a contemporary of the Buddha and personal physician to the Magadha King Bimbisara over 2,500 years ago.

 

Thai massage position

The theoretical foundation of Thai massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body. Ten of these lines are especially important in Thai massage: ‘The 10 Sen’ or sib sen. The Indian origin and influence becomes obvious here since the background of this theory clearly lies in Yoga philosophy.

 

The 10 Sen are sufficient to conduct practical treatment for the whole body and its internal organs. Western scientists are still puzzled by the fact that these lines and points do seem to have validity. These points can be thought of as ‘windows’ into the body. Working on the energy lines with massage can break the

blockades, stimulate the flow of Prana (life energy),and help to

restore well-being.

 

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Thai massage differs radically from ‘Swedish Massage’ which is the most widespread technique of massage in the West. Physiotherapy and chiropractic in the West are closer to Thai massage than Swedish massage is, but these techniques also ignore manipulating the energy points and the energy flow of the body.

 

Sources:

Itzhak Helman - Thai Yoga Massage Training Manual

Asokananda - The Art of Traditional Thai Massage

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“When any person is sick at Siam

he begins with causing his whole body to be moulded by one who is skilful herein,

who gets upon the body of the sick person and tramples him under his feet.”

 

Simon de la Loubere
French liaison to the Thai Royal Court in Ayutthia, 1690