Traditionally, Thai massage is practiced without massage oil, with the patient clothed; given the pressures, the need for stability and the stimulating nature of certain stretches, oil would make the skin slippery and interfere with the precision of the manoeuvres. However, as mentioned earlier, Thai medicine contains another flagship, which is herbal medicine.
The knowledge of medicinal herbs is very developed from the origin of this tradition until today where it is still evolving. It has its roots in the Chinese pharmacopoeia and in Indian Ayurvedic medicine.
These two very different traditions have brought the use of herbs in medicine to a level of accomplishment not found in any other medical path. Thai medicine was inspired by them, adapting them to its particular temperament. Many indications concerning this herbal medicine can be found in the writings, mainly kept at Wat Phô, which inherited them after the fall of Sukothaï. All the samples, analysis and prescription plants are still on display today. This speciality is an important part of medical studies in Thailand, both for monks and traditional doctors. It gives rise to the preparation of pills, decoctions or herbal teas, but also to macerates of plants in oil for massage, as well as the distillation of plants to obtain essential oils.
- LGENERAL EFFECTS AND BENEFITS OF HERBAL MASSAGE:
■ Reduces aches and pains.
■ Reduces muscular inflammation.
■ Reduces stress
■ Eliminates toxins.
■ Softens tendons and joints.
■ Stimulates blood circulation.
■ Alleviates pain.
■ Promotes deep sleep.
■ Total relaxation