In Thai Massage tradition, similarly to other oriental
systems, human is perceived and treated wholisticly.
Important part of theory and practice of Thai Massage
takes the concept of energy lines within human body
called SEN. They are invisible energy pathways similar
to NADI channels in Yoga and acupuncture meridians.
There are 72 000 SEN in this system but in practice
10 main ones are being used.
The technique of Thai Massage consists of slow
and rhythmic compression along energy lines, work on
acu-points and stretching, joint opening movements
looking like assisted yoga positions. One aspect of work
in Thai Massage is similar to what in western
terminology should be called peripheral stimulation,
witch means that certain effect in some areas
of the body will be attained through stimulation of some
other, distant areas, as it takes place in therapies like
acupuncture, rolfing or Shiatsu. The other aspect of
stretching and joint opening movements makes similarity
with certain kinds of manipulative therapy such as
osteopathy, physiotherapy or chiropractics.