Thai massage in Wokingham, Berkshire
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1. About Thai massage
Thai massage uses pressure and stretching techniques to release muscle tension in the body.
Thai massage is said to have been founded over 2500 years ago by doctor and physician Jivaka Komarabhacca, who was personal physician to the king of India. Dr Jivaka was known for his extraordinary skills in traditional Indian medicine (eg. Ayurveda), but was also skilled in the art of meditation and Asana. He is often referred to as the "Father of Medicine".
Thai yoga massage was an integral part of the Buddist religion and the massage technique eventually spread to the Thai people, and after the Thai Massage Revival Project in 1985, it made its way to the West and to the rest of the world.
3. Benefits of Thai massage
Thai massage has been shown to benefit:
- Aids deep relaxation
A Thai massage is very relaxing. Stretching techniques combined with the gentle pressure used by the massage therapist helps to relax the whole body and mind.
- Improved cardiovascular health
Thai massage has been proven to stimulate blood circulation and improve lymph circulation, as it helps fill the body's tissues with oxygen and promotes healthy cell growth and good heart health.
- Stress relief
A recent study found that Thai massage significantly reduces levels of a certain stress marker present in the saliva, called sAA. The researchers concluded that Thai massage is more effective at reducing stress in healthy people than just resting alone.
- Improved quality of sleep
Because of the way in which Thai massage can lower stress and boost relaxation, it aids inrestful sleep. The US National Institutes of Health found that Thai massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep quality.
- Headache relief
Research has found that Thai massage is an effective treatment for people who suffer from chronic tension headaches. In a separate study, researchers found that Thai massage can also ease the symptoms of migraine.
- Reduced muscle tension
Thai massage uses yoga-like movements, which has been proven to ease tension in the body and, over time, improve range of motion and flexibility.
- Improved athletic performance
One study of 34 football players looked at the effects of Thai massage on their athletic performance. After receiving Thai massages three times within 10 days, they showed significant improvement in their ability to do sit-and-reach exercises.