The world has become toxic. The environment, the work, even your daily routines have become so drenched in things that are bad for you — from poor nutrition to lack of exercise — that even the simplest acts bring you discomfort.
And as you go about your days, this discomfort, which you might alleviate temporarily with painkillers, can get amplified, affecting your overall health and wellbeing.
Not Just Therapeutic — But Healing
What you need is to reintroduce a state of balance to your life. When it comes to balance restoration, holistic therapies can be very effective because they are not only about alternative medicine and healing the physical body, but also about overall wellness. Traditional Thai massage is the kind of holistic therapy London residents might find suitable for their healing needs.
Reportedly developed by Buddha’s physician, Jivaka Kumar Bhachha, Thai massage goes as far back as 2,500 years ago in India. Somehow it made its way to Thailand where monks performed the massage as part of Thai medicine. The techniques involved today marry the traditions of Southeast Asian, Chinese, and Indian medicine. And so you will basically receive a healing tradition of sorts.
What to Expect from a Thai Massage
Unlike most traditional massages, Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor. There is no need for oil, and so when you are a bit squeamish undressing for a massage, Thai massage would suit you. You can wear comfortable clothes to the therapy and not be oiled up.
A typical massage lasts for about an hour, during which your Thai massage practitioner will perform joint mobilisation, muscle compression, and some acupressure. These techniques promote better internal health and muscular flexibility. They are also meant to relax and then realign the energies in your body. This is done in accordance with Ayurvedic principles, of course, since Thai massage is greatly influenced by it.
But what is probably more associated with Thai massage is that your therapist will be moving your legs, knees, and feet through a series of yoga-like stretches. Expect your therapist to put you in four different positions as well: face-up, on your side, face-down, and sitting.
Revitalised Body, Better Life
Indeed, this is a type of massage that will be thorough and quite rigorous. But soon after, you will experience increased energy and flexibility, improved range of motion, improved circulation, reduced stress, and a centred mind and body. And overall, just a revitalised sense of self.
In keeping with the holistic healing that you are on, do not just let the Thai massage appointments you arrange do all the healing for you. Follow a better lifestyle. Exercise more. Eat well. And you will live a healthier, happier life.