Introduced as late as the 1990's, spas have gained
increasing popularity due to the influx of more expatriates,
settling into the country.?Thai style? therapy or
Traditional Thai medicine on the other hand, has been
practiced for over 2000 years. It is in the blending of the
Western style therapy and relaxation, and the Thai approach
to natural and holistic medicine, that Thailand now has a
thriving spa industry that can cater to the need of both
Eastern and Western cultures.
Traditional Thai medicine is a natural, holistic approach to
health and well-being and is broken down into four different
branches of healing. These are Traditional Thai massage,
physical exercise, proper nutrition and the use of medicinal
herbs. The primary goal of Traditional Thai medicine is not
just to cure diseases and ailments, but rather for the
prevention of illness by maintaining health and well-being.
As the ancient Thais believed, ?The absence of illness is
the best blessing.? This medical knowledge developed by Thai
people over thousands of years, has been passed down orally
from one generation to the next, and become known as the
ancient wisdom of Thailand.
The recorded history of Thai massage was lost during the
Burmese attack on the royal capital of Ayutthaya in 1767.
However inscriptions were carved into the stone at the Wat
Pho temple in Bangkok. These inscriptions illustrate the
primary beliefs of Traditional Thai medicine: that energy
flows along the body along ten major channels, or sen lines.
If an obstruction occurs in any of these channels, it is
believed that pain or disease results. In this sense,
traditional Thai medicine is similar to many other ancient
healing systems, which believe that illnesses are caused by
an imbalance or obstruction within the individual, or by an
imbalance between an individual and his environment. Ancient
Thais treated these illnesses by using massage to restore
the flow of energy throughout the body. Traditional Thai
massage is a deep, full-body treatment, which includes both
stretching of the joints and muscles and applied pressure to
the sen lines. It is these traditions that the Thais still
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