Buddhist Medicine

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Buddhist Medicine


 

Think of Traditional Thai medicine as a multi-national “Soup” with a robust animistic foundation.

The recipe draws from the regional practices of people who occupied the region we now know as Thailand before the migration of people from southern China who also contribute to the stew.  Another strong flavor in the “Soup” is the Indian medical knowledge coming through the area because it exists along popular trade routes between India and China. 

Massage and herbal healing remedies are likely as old as the human race.

After hunter-gatherers came home with aching limbs, their mates presumably tried to rub away muscles’ soreness and the stiffness in joints. While foraging abroad, people likely discovered that some plants had helpful qualities beyond satisfying their hunger. Over time, the knowledge was refined and passed down, first orally from generation to generation.

In the part of the world we now know as Thailand,

there is evidence that people existed earlier than almost anywhere in the world. According to the story, Samut Khoi, (Thai: สมุดไทย, [sā. mùt tʰāj]) were produced. These are a type of folding-book manuscript that were historically widely used in many Buddhist cultures, including Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and in Myanmar, where they are known as parabaik. As trade and relations began to develop between villages, then city-states, and finally kingdoms, this knowledge was shared and adopted. 

Traditional Thai Medicine…

persist, all components must receive equal support and consideration. To master TTM, the concepts you should study are: 
The threefold division into the essences of a human being. Three essences: body, energy, and mind/heart. Each branch of Traditional Thai Medicine focuses on one of these while their goals and effects overlap. For example, herbs and diet not only heal the body, they also help purify the mind. Thai massage makes contact with the physical body, but the benefits extend into the mental and spiritual spheres.  
Chitta, or the mind/heart of a being, in the realm of Buddhist practice and native folk beliefs that have persisted despite the mainstream Buddhist religion.    Lom or Lifeforce. Pran in Thai and Prana in Sanskrit. Thai massage and yoga, whose movements are designed to optimize the flow of vital energies in the body, concern themselves with unblocking and maintaining the pathways.

Legend tells us that Thai medicine’s origin ultimately traces back to Shivagakomarpaj,

a historical figure who served as a physician to the Buddha’s Sangha (community of monks and nuns). Although he was a minor personality in the scriptures, Shivago holds a deified status in Thai Buddhism. He is lauded throughout the country as the Father Doctor, and statues of him appear alongside the Buddha’s on nearly every healing practitioner’s altar everywhere you go.  At the Grand Palace entrance, we see a figure of the divine physician overlooking the area. Also referred to as Shivago, the guardian spirit Traditional Thai Medicine practitioners pay homage to was an Ayurvedic practitioner who treated the Buddha and is considered the father of Thai traditional medicine.  

Respect for the teacher.

masters who have kept the tradition alive. The devotee makes offerings (usually incense) and recites the mantra at an altar, taking care never to turn his or her back on it after the ceremony. The wai khru which opens with the words Om Namo Shivago, is performed in schools and massage facilities throughout the land.

Ruesri Dat Ton

Unknown to many, Thailand has its own version of yoga-like stretches known as ruesri dat ton or ” hermit’s self-stretching.” These exercises are similar to Hatha Yoga, and a link between the two is obvious.  A number of schools in the country still teach this little-known gem of Traditional Thai Medicine even though many locals themselves are unfamiliar with it.  A master of Thai Yoga called a ruesri or rishi was traditionally the same as an ascetic, hermit, seer, etc. who practiced meditation and developed the powers on the path to spiritual realization. The ruesri are depicted as a hermit wearing a tiger’s skin, symbolic of his accomplishments and mastery. Some have suggested that Thai massage originated in individual yoga practices such as Ruesri Dat Ton and Hatha Yoga. Many Thai massage positions do resemble yoga poses.  

 

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Understanding What Makes Thai Massage a Holistic Massage Treatment

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Understanding What Makes Thai Massage a Holistic Massage Treatment


 

Holistic is a word

often associated with Thai massage therapy. You may have heard your therapist use it or may have come across it while researching ‘therapeutic massage near me on the internet. 
It is not just one of those fancy buzzwords frequently used in the massage industry, but it actually refers to how Thai massage addresses you as a whole person. The aim is to achieve physical, emotional, spiritual, and mental well-being, rather than focusing primarily on the physical aspect or just the problematic area, which is usually the approach taken by modern medical science. 

Are All Massage Therapies Holistic? 

You must understand that not all massage sessions are holistic. There are massage practitioners who take from modern medical science and work primarily on the physical symptoms. So, if you experience pain and discomfort in a specific body part, they will focus just on that, implementing techniques like rubbing and pressing. 

The treatment eases the discomfort, but you are missing out on the plethora of benefits of a holistic Thai massage treatment. 

Now, Let’s Enlighten You about the Holistic Thai Massage Therapy! 

As a licensed and experienced practitioner of traditional Thai massage in NYC, I will give you a rundown of holistic Thai massage therapy. We will start with the different elements that add ‘holistic’ to a massage session: 

  • The physical element or the body and its many support functions- food, air, and exercise or movement.
  • The emotional element or your reactions to happenings in life.
  • The mental element. That includes your attitude, intellect, and thought patterns.
  • The spiritual element. That encourages you to look at life as more than a temporary biophysical event. It helps you seek meaningfulness, purposefulness, and connectedness in life.

How Are These Elements Applied in Thai Massage Practice?

Thai massage does much, much more than treating symptoms manifested through the physical body. It embraces the holistic approach and works on the wellness of the entire system. 

Physical 

You already know your therapist will work on your physical body when you book a session for traditional Thai massage in NYC. But it is not just about relieving symptoms. 

Your posture, breathing, nutrition, and exercise habits contribute significantly to your physical wellbeing. Your massage therapist will ask you questions to determine the root cause of the problem and make you aware that you need to address those issues along with regular massage for long-term relief. 

For example, while discussing your lifestyle, your therapist finds out that you hardly exercise; they will recommend following an exercise routine.

Emotional 

Negative emotions, like hatred, frustration, anger, dissatisfaction, and more, keep you from reaching your full potential, and holistic Thai massage helps you deal with those emotions in a healthy way. 

Thai massage stimulates and balances your energy through Sen Line Therapy. Your massage practitioner can also suggest Abdominal Therapy effective in releasing emotions bottled up in your abdomen. 

You will feel relaxed and full of positive energy after a Thai massage session.

Mental 

Thai massage therapy goes deeper than the physical level. It aims to find the root cause of the problem with good communication between you and your therapist. You may get to know your limiting beliefs acting as a roadblock when it comes to healing.

Spiritual 

Spirituality has nothing to do with religion or culture. It is a wholesome outlook toward life. So, it unites instead of dividing; it preaches, and practices love rather than hate; does not promote judgment; aims to heal, goes beyond race, color, religion, focusing on the essence of beings, among other things. 

A good Thai massage practitioner will exhibit these qualities and transmit healing energy better.

Experience the Holistic Essence of Thai Massage at Thai Massage NYC.

From general relaxation and a way to enhance flexibility to recuperate from pain and discomfort, a holistic Thai massage helps.  

At our massage studio, we combine effective communication, understand your body and mind, and apply the right techniques to deliver profound healing that not only alleviates physical symptoms but also balances energy and releases stress, both mental and emotional.  

So, do book an appointment with us if you are searching for ‘therapeutic massages near me’ in NYC. 

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