Enjoying a massage session does more than just relax your body and mind. There are specific physiological and psychological changes which occur during therapy, particularly when massage is utilised as a regular preventative measure and not just a one-off luxury. Anita Massage not only feels good, but it can cure what ails you!
Traditional Thai massage has its origins within the principles of Cheewaka
Ko-marrapat, an Indian healer who lived around the same time as the Buddha.
It is the most effective system of manual manipulation for energising and
strengthening the whole body. It promotes transmission in the energy lines and
the flow of blood in veins, arteries and capillaries. The applied pressures used
in massage therapy will relax and release the stiffness felt as a result of adhesions
in the soft tissue fascia, thereby promoting normal function, experienced as
physical well-being. Traditional Thai massage utilises pressure applied by
touch to specific energy points and energy lines, and is a combination of
Thai and the original Indian healing therapies.
Contemporary Thai massage is a fusion of these ancient practices with those developed during the nineteenth century, using a variety of other Thai healing traditions, as well as Indian Aryuvedic and Chinese medicine. Therefore, today, we enjoy the benefits of a massage system that incorporates the wisdom of ancient and modern Asian traditions into a blend of movement, stretching and pressure that rejuvenates the whole body.
Thai massage does not always appear to be “massage” as Westerners know it. There are no oils, no lotion, and often no soft massage table! Instead, you should expect at least a 2-hour session of techniques that include the application of pressure and assisted stretching with movement into and out off yoga-like postures.
The addition of oil to the massage repertoire allows soft and soothing hands to glide over the skin, creating a sensually tactile experience that is intimate, romantic and relaxing. In fact, it can be the best way to unwind after a tiring and hectic day ! A proper oil massage involves the application of pressure at the different nerve points of the body, and to be effective, this touching of the body’s focal points must be continuous. This kind of massage is recomm- ended to release any pain or tension that is hidden and held with in the body.
Massaging with the use of essential oils extracted from aromatic plants enhances health and vigour, and is called aromatherapy. Apart from physical benefits, the essential oils create a subtle effect on the mind and emotions, thus producing a unique sensual experience for the recipient. The oils that are used in aromatherapy massage awaken the senses and refresh the mind and body. There are different types of massage oils that are extracted from various fruits and flowers like jasmine, lavender, rosemary, sweet almond, apricot, coconut, sunflower, avocado, ylang-ylang etc. Many of these oils are aphrodisiacs and anti-depressants. An aromatherapy oil massage can therefore produce a sense of sensual well-being, as well as acting like a sedating agent and reducing anxiety.