Thai Foot Massage history
Foot reflexology, an ancient therapeutic procedure, is making a comeback today. Historically, the original knowledge and techniques were carefully guarded secrets kept by the Buddhist monks of the Thai Royal Palace. They have since have been passed down through the generations.
Thai foot reflexology is said to be a marriage between reflexology, Chinese Tuina, Japanese Shiatsu, and Indian Ayurvedi oga. It works on the feet, lower leg, and knees, freeing up blocked energy in the body’s Thai-based meridians to create a feeling of deep relaxation, balance, and well-being.
How Thai Foot Reflexology Works
According to acupuncture and acupressure theory, there are 7,200 sensory nerve endings in each foot, which are connected to the internal organs of the body. Thai foot massage is based on the belief that there are zones and reflex areas in the feet which correspond to the systems of the body. Reading signs on the feet, understanding the client, and applying combinations of pressure using the thumb, finger and hand is the foundation and art of this highly reputed technique.
In a typical session, the lower legs and feet are stretched and massaged to open Sen (energy). Then specific pressure points, which stem from 10 major energy lines that run throughout the body, are stimulated. These pressure points provide a map of the entire body and organs. Through skillful manipulation of the soles of the feet, Thai foot massage helps the body restore its own natural healthy balance.
Benefits of Thai Foot Massage
- Improves circulation
- Improves lymphatic drainage
- Boosts the immune system
- Reduces stiffness
- Increases range of motion
- Accelerates healing
- Relieves stress
- Improves sleep
- Elevates mood
- Improves concentration and clarity of mind
- Creates feelings of tranquility, calmness, and well being