Very often we associate spas as a luxury only at some holiday get-away or resort. Living in a city like Chennai can go on without respite from the fast life of the city. You never know how time passes by and can hardly think of taking a break. But everybody needs a break from the monotony of life to rejuvenate the body and soul. Massages are not meant just for medical conditions. Massages are very effective to refresh and renew strength in tired bodies directly affecting the muscles and nerves. To enjoy these massage therapies one no longer needs to go to a resort or on holiday. Day spas located in cities or in serene areas in and around the city provide for great relaxation and toning of the body. Day spa in Chennai is a great getaway offering the same rejuvenation to the body that a resort spa would deliver.
Spas and massages have been popular since ancient times both as beauty and medical solutions. They vary in style and technique based on its geographic and traditional origins. Spa improves beauty and health by personal care treatments such as hair spa, massages and facials. It may even have facilities for sauna, steam, whirlpool and pool for the guest. While there are various kinds of spa treatments, the Thai spa is gaining popularity in India. India mostly being a conservative country, many feel shy or uncomfortable with the manner of dressing in most spas. Thai spa allows the person to wear loose fitted clothes while undergoing massage. Thai spa Chennai offers a break from the daily routine of life.
Thai massage as the name suggests originated in Thailand as part of its traditional medical system and is believed to be more than 2500 years old. Its traditional name in Thailand is Nuad-Bo-Rarn. Like Chinese traditional medicine Thai medicine too is based on the flow of energy through the body. Thai massage promotes the flow of energy through the energy channels in the body. The therapist guides your body through a regimen of stretches that are similar to yoga postures and in the meanwhile applies direct or rhythmic pressure on the muscles. Gliding pressure is usually not seen in this kind of massage.
Thai massage recommends that the person wears loosely fitted clothes and lies on a well-padded floor mat. The therapist does not use any oil or lotions for the massage; instead, the therapist uses their hands, forearms, knees, elbows and feet to guide your muscles and joints through various motions to stretch your muscles and applies direct pressure. The massage begins with gentle rocking and rhythmic compression that prepares the body for stretches and deeper pressure. The pressure applied to direct the flow of energy releases muscle tension. A complete Thai massage will take up to 2 hours and covers all the muscles. The various postures include lying on your back, stomach, sides and even sitting postures.
Thai massage is known to be intense and is not recommended for those with circulatory problems or those who have undergone surgery recently. Western massage therapists have combined Thai massage with Swedish massage techniques and can perform the massage even on a table. This combined technique is called Swe-Thai massage techniques. Thai massage may also be combined with aromatherapy and herbal massages.
Thai massage being a traditional form of massage follows traditional practices. The therapist kneels at the feet of the person in a prayer-like position called wai indicating respect for the guest. The massage is as refreshing and relaxes people to the extent that many guests claim to have fallen asleep as the massage progresses. Ideally, one must refrain from food at least an hour prior to the massage session and consume double the amount of water intake for 48 hours after the session. This will help detoxify muscles.
In Thai massage, the practitioner uses their body weight to apply pressure and has greater mobility when the person lies on a floor mat. The person may be dressed in loose clothes or even be provided with traditional Thai clothes. Thai massage is performed on the entire body and focuses on the entire well being of the body, unlike western style massage that can be performed on particular parts of the body. Thai massage employs point pressure to open sens or energy channels in the body while western style massage employs kneading of muscles through compression and other hand movements.
Royal Thai herbal massage is another unique experience which employs point pressure, stretching and herbal compresses that together deliver both physical and mental relaxation. The herbs work to sooth sore muscles and invigorate and relax the body and mind at the same time and boost energy levels. Hot herbal compresses work their magic on stiff and sore or pulled muscles and ligaments. They are effective against arthritis, back pain, and injury. They can sooth internal organ disorders, heal skin diseases, migraines and stress or anxiety.
Thai massage also specializes in reflexology commonly known as foot massage that applies pressure to specific points on the foot that directly affect other bodily parts and functions. The massage is applied to the lower half of the leg through various strokes and point pressure to increase blood circulation and relaxes the entire body. With widespread knowledge of various massage techniques spas now offers the best of both worlds. There are spas that combine eastern and western massage techniques to create highly therapeutic and rejuvenating experiences. East-west massage offers either full body or targeted stretching.