Home > Natural Health > Therapies Updated 04 March 2013 The healing powers of Thai massage Is there more to a massage than just an hour or two of relaxation? If you suffer from chronic backache, can a massage aid in your health and wellness regime? 0 Ey Spa Related Natural health therapies Assess Ask the natural health expert » Learn Natural therapies to try » Quiz Is my vegetarian diet balanced? » Test yourself: How flexible are you? » A quick guide to The Atkins Diet This medicinal plant that only grows in the Western Cape could replace antibiotics one day Is there more to a massage than just an hour or two of relaxation? If you suffer from chronic backache can a regular massage aid in your health and wellness regime?Lauren Marais, spa specialist at Ey Spa in the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town, answers suggests that one of the most beneficial massage treatments is the "Nuad Phaen Thai" or traditional Thai massage.This massage technique, seen as medicinal in Asia, has been practised for centuries and is widely accepted as a tool for maintaining health and preventing illness. Traditional Thai massage uses a combination of yoga-like poses, acupressure, reflexology and gentle stretching to manipulate the body to release tension, stimulate the metabolism, increase blood circulation and rid the body of toxins."Traditional Thai Massage focuses on your entire body and the major energy lines called Sen," says Marais. "The Thai massage therapist loosens blockages in these Sen lines, easing muscle tension and improving blood and lymphatic circulation, energising you from top to toe." During the massage your flexibility is boosted and your body’s joints and tendons relax, which helps prevent joint pain and muscle spasms. Herbal hot compressA herbal hot compress is often used in conjunction with a Thai massage. This is a muslin cloth ball filled with plai, tumeric, lemongrass, citrus hystrix and camphor, which is steamed to create the hot compress. As the herbs are absorbed through the skin, the compress has a similar effect to acupuncture and is perfect for those suffering from back pain, migraines, tendinitis, muscle spasms and tension."A good Thai massage with a herbal hot compress can also prevent or relieve stress, anxiety, exhaustion and insomnia," says Marais.As Thai massage does have a healing aspect to it and the entire body is manipulated and moved in different directions you want to make sure that the Thai massage therapists know what they are doing. Do your research; find out where they trained and how long they have been practising. Working with the back and whole body can be a delicate process and you want to make sure you are in capable hands.For more information on the Thai therapies visit www.eyspa.co.za - (Ey Spa press release) More in Natural Health The truth about chlorine dioxide and other miracle cures for autism More: Natural HealthTherapies advertisement Read Health24’s Comments Policy Comment on this story 0 comments Comments have been closed for this article. Logout Comment 0 characters remaining Share on Facebook Loading comments... From our sponsors Keep an eye on your vision Which skin products are better, ‘medical grade’ or ‘over-the-counter’? Win 1 of 6 R5000 cash prizes Win Skin Renewal voucher Live healthier Exercise benefits for seniors » Working out in the concrete jungle Even a little exercise may help prevent dementia Here’s an unexpected way to boost your memory: running Seniors who exercise recover more quickly from injury or illness When sedentary older adults got into an exercise routine, it curbed their risk of suffering a disabling injury or illness and helped them recover if anything did happen to them. No relief for MS » Drug shows promise against MS in mouse study Vitamin D may slow multiple sclerosis Obesity in girls tied to higher MS risk Exercise may not lower women's risk of MS A Harvard study showed no evidence to support the idea that exercise lowers the risk of multiple sclerosis.