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Created over 2000 years ago, and is still widely practiced today. It is a combination of gentle rocking, range of motion, acupressure, reflexology, energy work and stretching, a form of passive yoga. Joints are loosened and opened through manipulation and peripheral stimulation, muscles are stretched, internal organs are toned, vitality is increased and a deep state of relaxation can be achieved. The work is very rhythmical and meditative. The massage is done on a floor mat with the client wearing loose comfortable clothing. This gives the practitioner a lot of leverage and the ability to use their body very effectively. It also allows for movements that are not as effective, or impossible on a table. Therapists are trained to respect everyone's varied amount of flexibility and can therefore benefit the limber athlete, as well as those who are not very limber, by stretching everyone to their own personal limits.
Modern Thai Massage practioners operate on the theory that the body is permeated with "lom" or "air," which is inhaled into the lungs and then accordingly travels throughout the body along the "sen." Typically, massage therapists manipulate a handful of major sen lines. In most models, the sen originate at the navel and spread throughout the body to terminate at the orifices. A considerable amount of the practice also includes yoga-like stretches which are intended to encourage the sen and move lom through the body using movement and the patient's breathing.
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