Thai foot massage is similar to that of Chinese reflexology, but is a combination of Thai foot massage and reflexology techniques. Reflexology is an ancient technique of applying pressure to reflex points of the feet and hands, which causes a physiological response in the body.
Thai foot massage is a holistic therapy that is applied to the hands and feet. The aim of the treatment is to treat the whole individual thus encouraging the body to heal itself and maintain homeostasis – the natural balance within the body.
It is thought that the feet and hands are analogous to the root system of trees. Just as the roots of a tree provide the key to its health and longevity, people’s feet and hands provide a key to their health and well being. Thai traditional healers have discovered that specific pressure points on the feet correspond to specific parts of the body as well as internal organs. Therefore, pressure of certain pressure points on the feet can relax muscles, cleanse the body of toxins, increase pulmonary circulatory health, and prevent illness.
In a Thai foot massage session, your feet and hands are initially washed in warm water. The therapist then uses oil, their hands, and wooden instruments to apply pressure to certain pressure points on your hands and feet. Often after longer sessions, therapists will have you sit up and will massage your head and shoulders as well.
Thai foot massage provides almost the same benefits as the benefits of traditional Thai massage. It is important to remember that a “foot massage” session is more than just a foot massage. Its benefits are holistic – body, mind, and spirit all benefit. It supports all systems of the body and, therefore, improves the digestive, reproductive, respiratory, lymphatic, immune and endocrine systems. As the reflex points on the hands and feet are worked the circulatory system increases blood supply around the body resulting in the release of tension and toxins for elimination. This supports the body’s own ability to heal itself and to function at an optimum level, performing in a more balanced state.
THAI FOOT MASSAGE BENEFITS
Traditional Thai Massage
Helpful in relieving the following ailments:
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
High blood pressure
Pain caused by injuries
Stiffness in the joints
Strains of muscles and tendons
It can also:
Aid in pain management
Balance mind, body, and spirit
Decrease depression and anxiety
Help with digestion
Help with lymphatic circulation
Improve blood circulation
Improve neurological function
Improve range of motion
Promote inner peace and calmness
Provide rejuvenation and pleasure
Reduce stress and releases tension
Strengthen the internal organs
Expect to leave feeling relaxed, restored, and rejuvenated.