It’s been many years since Thai massage first came to Australia and its popularity shows no signs of waning. Finding a place to try this ancient and deeply healing and relaxing massage in Brisbane, is simply a matter of looking on the Internet – a quick search for Thai massage Brisbane, will yield a plethora of establishments offering every kind of massage going.
Ensuring that you found a reputed massage parlour is of course important, but for Thai massage in particularm it is important to find a properly trained masseuse. Thai massage is a work of art that has been constantly developed and refined over 1000s of years. Its religious associations make it a deeply spiritual form of massage. So much so that has students all over the world flock to its temple in Bangkok to spend a few weeks,or even years, perfecting their techniques. This temple, the Wat Pho, serves as a university for all things medical and massage.
There are many training schools for Thai massage in Australia, and in Brisbane itself, if you are interested in learning about this type of massage. If you are just after a relaxing and professional massage, then understanding something of the history and methods of Traditional Thai massage are a good place to start.
The invention of Traditional Thai massage is often attributed to JīvakaKomarabhācca, who was Buddha’s physician. He created a form of massage that combined parts of reflexology, yoga and acupressure. In fact, it is more likely that Traditional Thai massage came together via influences from around Asia, in particular, India and China were making advances in massage and medicine, and would have had an impact.
Whist there are many schools for Thai massage around Thailand, the first official school or university, the previously mentioned Wat Pho, was opened in 1962, providing a centre of study for practitioners worldwide. Wat Pho trains students in Traditional Thai massage, which is different to a less common form of Thai massage practiced in Northern India and Nepal, termed Ancient massage. The two are similar but there are differences throughout, the most notable of which, is the meditation that takes place before and after the massage.
Thai massage is different from most other massages in that it is more physical, rigorous and takes place with your clothes on. Receivers are asked to lie on a mattress on the floor rather than a massage table. This allows the masseuse more flexibility to move and maneuver the receiver’s body. Thai massage uses yoga throughout the massage, with the masseuse, using hands and feet to move the body into these poses and gently stretching and pulling the body to release tension and increase flexibility. Acupressure and reflexology are also used, so pressing and pushing movements over the body are applied to trigger points and reflexes.
It may sound like a lot more hard work than a regular massage, but the work is all done by the masseuse, think of it like a yoga class where you don’t need to do anything rather than a hard work out. You should feel deeply relaxed in both body and mind.