Thai traditional message is renowned the world over for its soothing and healing powers to the point that it has become a global brand. But to be sure of getting the real thing, its best to visit Thailand.
You could say medical tourism started with massage as visitors have enjoyed Thai traditional massage for centuries. Now, though, it is now only one of a wide array of procedures now available in medical tourism in Thailand, which has earned a reputation for dependable and affordable work. In addition to massage, the country has earned a good reputation for spas and wellness visits, as well surgical procedures such as laser, cosmetic, and cardiovascular. Thailands high standards and healthcare expertise make it a world leader in medical tourism, while the options for a post-medical treatment holiday are the best in the world.
Traditional Thai style massage involves stretching and deep tissue massage. Known in Thai as nuet phaen boran, or literally ancient massage, as in former times, the client usually wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat on the floor.
Practitioners in Thailand are specially trained and certified, and the price is often a fifth of what you pay in Western countries or resorts in other parts of the world.
The masseur or masseuse leans into the clients body applying firm rhythmic pressure using hands and often arms locked at the elbow. Legs and feet are also used in several positions during the massage, and no oils are applied. The massage generally follows the bodys sen energy lines analogous to meridians or channels as in Chinese medicine or nadis in Indian Ayurvedic practice.
A standard full session is generally two hours or more of rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This can include pulling fingers, toes, and ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the client’s back, and arching the recipient into bhujangasana, the cobra position as it is called in yoga. Bending the client over backwards, so that the spine rests on the masseurs upright knees, is a trick that must to be done just right to prevent causing more harm than good.
Good masseurs or masseuses start on the legs, then follow a course up the body through every nook and cranny of aches and tension, finishing with a facial tone-up.
A significant part of Thai massage includes yoga-like stretches that are intended to stimulate the sen and move lom through the body via a pumping action which is connected with the patient’s breathing. Sen and lom are often translated as “meridians” and “energy.”
Thai massage is as famous as Thai cuisine and found the world over. And just as with Thai food, the best place for Thai massage is in the country of its name, where visitors are guaranteed to be in good hands.
Samples of Medical Service Providers
Asia Herb Association
Chiang Mai Spa Mantra
Phothalai The Thai Wellness Center
For more information: www.ThailandMedTourism.com
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