thai massage
 
Thai Massage  is a type of massage in Thai style that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on
the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai massage. It is known in Thailand as
"nuat phaen boran" literally, the ancient-manner massage.

Generally speaking, practitioners of modern Thai massage operate on the theory that the body is permeated with "lom," or "air," which is
inhaled into the lungs and which subsequently travels throughout the body along 72,000 pathways called "sen," or "vessels." Typically,
massage therapists manipulate a handful of major sen lines by pressing certain points along the lines. In most models, the sen originate at
the navel and spread throughout the body to terminate at the orifices. A significant part of the practice of Thai massage also includes
yoga-like stretches which are intended to stimulate the sen and move lom through the body via a pumping action which is connected with
the patient's breathing.

The theory of sen and lom is often translated into English as "meridians" and "energy." While there are some superficial similarities to
Chinese meridian theory, the Thai system is markedly different as the sen are unconnected from the internal organs.
             -as defined by wikipedia

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