Known as “Abhyanga,” this is a complete full body massage using herbal oil selected according to body type and is believed to energize and promote a state of better health. It uses slow movements such as kneading, strokes and rubbing to relieve tiredness and promote wellness through lymphatic drainage therapy. This massage causes improved blood circulation, physical consistency, deep relaxation, helps the body to eliminate toxin and pollution, and relieves overall tension. In addition, it increases energy levels and improves overall well being.
Shirodhara is an Ayurveda practice that involves gently dripping herbal oils on the forehead. It induces a deep state of serenity and relaxation and is followed by an Indian head massage and scalp massage. Shirodhara is used to treat a variety of conditions including eye diseases, migraine headaches, and insomnia. The treatment also releases mental tension and alters the inner being by relieving stress and strain. In addition, it helps to improve memory, and the herbal oil used in this treatment, keeps the hair shiny and in good condition.
The head is the most important part of the body because the sense organs, like the eyes, nose, ear, tongue, and skin are located there. Consequently, a head massage provides nourishment to all these senses and promotes their natural function. Traditionally, Indian women practiced head massage to increase blood circulation to the head, neck, and shoulders. It has been found to promote sleep, and improves tension headache and to boost the powers of concentration because the massage improves the delivery of oxygen and nutrients.
This massage is designed primarily to benefit four very important components of the body: the head, back, shoulders, and feet. First, a Thai Herbal foot scrub renews the skin before an Oriental Foot Reflexology Massage is administered. Then a neck and shoulder massage follows to increase lymphatic drainage and eliminate muscle tension due to stress and chronic pain. Finally, head massage stimulates and improves scalp circulation while soothing and re-balancing the energy flow to the head’s temples. The physical benefits are immediate– total relaxation, release of tension, relief from mental fatigue, and increased alertness and concentration.
Tok Sen massage is thought to date back over 3,000 years and is still practiced in Thai villages in the Chiang Mai area of Northern Thailand (Lanna). This traditional folk massage is used after a long day’s work in the fields. It utilized wooden tools to release blockages and tension in the body. Tok Sen means "Awaking Body’s Energy Lines" in Thai, in other words, it is a technique to create freedom for energy flow. The wooden sticks are tapped rhythmically to create pressure and sound vibrations that go deeply within the pressure points of the shoulder and lower back. They focus on the Meriden lines and layers of muscles. After the energy lines are awakened, a fragrant Aromatherapy Oil Massage completes the therapy. * (Chiang Mai)
A session of Thai massage is both deeply refreshing and revitalizing. A person suffering from stress and fatigued should make time for a 2-hour massage to experience true relaxation. Thai Traditional Massage covers the entire body. The ‘Sen’ energy lines are pressed and kneaded by palms and thumbs. The therapy continues with passive stretching and finally with a head, neck and shoulder massage. During the session, the massage should be slow and gentle to energize and increase blood and oxygen circulation. The results will include a better range of movement and an overall increase in flexibility.
Genuine reflexology is the ancient healing art of using pressure on certain ‘reflex’ points on the soles of the feet. The underlying belief is that the body is divided into ten vertical zones with energy lines linking all parts of the body within the zones. As pressure is applied to one point, a reflex action occurs in another part of the body that stimulates natural self-healing. Unlike other massages that utilize the therapist palms, hands, elbows, knees, and feet, those administering a foot reflexology massage use only their hands, fingers, and sometimes a wooden stick dipped in fragrant massage oil.
Hot herbal compresses are frequently used in Thailand in combination with a Thai traditional massage. They are especially effective in treating chronic problem, such as back pain. This therapeutic treatment helps increase energy flow, improves circulation, relaxes muscles and deep tissues, and treats energy line that cannot be massaged directly. Steaming hot compress balls help stimulate nerve ending and promote the body's natural healing process. The aromatic herbs used in hot compresses stimulate the senses and aids in deep relaxation; they include Kaffir Lime, Prai, and Camphor.