Traditional Thai Foot Massage is an ancient form of massage and one of the primary tools used in Traditional Thai medicine. It has been practiced in India and Thailand for over 2000 years by Buddhist monks and Ayurvedic practitioners and is still widely practiced today.
Traditional Thai foot massage is a complete, exhilarating treatment which focuses on the feet, ankles and lower legs. However the massage works to energise the whole person, not just the lower legs and feet. This is due partly to the increase in blood and lymph flow but can also be a result of the unblocking of stagnant energies from the feet and up along the corresponding Sen lines.
SEN ENERGY LINES
Traditional Thai foot massage works using
acupressure points that lie along Sen lines of the body. Sen lines correspond closely to the meridian lines used in reflexology, acupressure and acupuncture. These are energy lines that run throughout the body and connect the foot to the organs in the body. This way, by working on the feet the whole body can benefit.
HOW TRADITIONAL THAI FOOT MASSAGE DIFFERS FROM REFLEXOLOGY
Traditional Thai foot massage differs from reflexology in that it works in a broader way on the whole foot and lower leg. Reflexology is a wonderful treatment for specific ailments, it can really pinpoint emotional or physical issues by working on the relevant acupoints.
Thai foot massage works the muscles of the foot and lower leg as well as these acupoints. This makes it an ideal treatment for people with conditions such as plantar fasciitis.
WHO SHOULD GET A TRADITIONAL THAI FOOT MASSAGE?
Up to 87 percent of people have painful feet at some time in their lives for many different reasons. One-third of older adults has foot pain, stiffness, or aching feet.
If your feet or lower legs often feel tired or sore this could be the treatment for you. If you are on your feet for long periods of time your feet and lower legs will be working under the weight of your body and your blood and lymph are working against gravity. Your circulation may suffer which can affect your health in many different ways.
Why Our Feet Are So Important - some foot facts
During your lifetime, it’s likely that you’ll walk approximately 115,000 miles. That’s like walking around the Earth over four times!
One quarter of all the bones in the human body are in your feet. When these bones are out of alignment, so is the rest of the body. Each foot also has 33 joints, 107 ligaments, and 19 tendons and muscles.
Your feet contain 250,000 sweat glands which can produce ½ a pint of perspiration each day.
There are more sensory nerve endings are found in the soles of your feet per square centimetre than any other part of your body. This is one of the reasons why foot massage feels so good!
Your feet give you stability and balance, grip and strength to walk and run and shock absorption so that the rest of your body is not jarred as you move.
Running exerts five times the pressure of your entire body weight on your feet.