roots of Thai massage can be traced back 2000 years to traditional
Chinese medicine and has remained virtually unchanged since.
the royal capital of Ayuthaya was destroyed in 1776, most of the
ancient medical texts went with it. The remaining information can still
be seen carved in stone and set in the walls of the Wat Poh temple in
Part of the temple serves as a clinic to treat patients and to teach traditional medicine and massage.
with the vital life energy force concept known as chi or prana found in
acupuncture and acupressure, Thai massage focuses on major lines and
energy points. Blockages of these lines supposedly impede the flow of
vital life energy.
using the fingers, thumbs, elbows and other parts of the body is
exerted on the "blocked" meridian points as well as stretching all the
muscles and yoga-like exercises. Essential oils are also used. Unlike
many massage parlours servicing tourists in Bangkok, the massage is
given on the floor with the client lightly clothed.
few stretches, gentle exercise and physical manipulation of the body
can be a very pleasant and relaxing experience. However, the concept of
meridians, energy points and "blockages" has no basis in science.
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(Investigator Magazine 195, 2020 November)
From: Edwards, H. 1999 Alternative, Complementary, Holistic & Spiritual Healing, Australian Skeptics Inc