What is Thai Foot Massage and How Does it Work?

Thai foot massage is a type of massage therapy that applies pressure to particular areas of the soles of the feet. It is based on the traditional Thai massage system and uses hands, fingers, thumbs, knuckles and a rounded wooden Thai foot massage cane to stimulate certain areas of the feet and release energy blocked within the body's numerous Sens lines (meridians based in Thailand). There are two main styles of Thai foot massage: one that is part of the Thai massage system for the whole body, and another that is focused solely on the feet. The science of foot massage has its roots in China, but it was first introduced in Thailand by a group of massage therapists who were training in Singapore and returned to work with the Institute of Traditional Thai Medicine.

Since then, the knowledge set has been further improved and developed. Thai foot massage, like Thai massage, focuses a lot on acupuncture points. You can sit in a comfortable chair or couch in the massage room while your feet are cleaned with exfoliating soap and a scrub. It is recommended to wear shorts when you are going to get a foot massage, otherwise you will need to change to loose-fitting pants provided by the salon.

Getting a foot massage from experienced massage therapists is a relatively safe treatment because they don't use drugs or chemicals. The aim of Thai foot massage is to return the flow of positive energy to the body, whether preventive or curative. Many popular walking streets, such as Khaosan Street, often have street vendors offering foot massages. Traditionally, Thai massage sessions begin with a foot massage, and then therapists work their way up the body.

What makes the feet an excellent target area for massage is the presence of approximately 7200 nerve endings. Many resorts and hotels have their own spa centers and must have professional massage therapists who can do Thai foot massages for you. It is not a pure reflexology style, but is combined with general foot massage work and may also include work on other parts of the body. The price of this massage can range from 200 THB on the street to more than 500 THB in established hotel complexes (26 spas).

The massage will help stimulate blood and lymph flow to the muscles of the soles of the feet, which is the nerve center. The methods associated with Thai foot massage involve the use of anything from hands and fingers to specially manufactured Thai foot massage sticks. Foot massage will let you know which part of the organ has problems when pressing on the soles of the feet. If you are visiting Thailand as a tourist, there are usually a lot of Thai foot massage places near the hotel area. It is an excellent way to relax after a long day exploring all that Thailand has to offer.

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