Deep pressure, stretching
The body-nourishing Shan ritual begins with the ritual washing of the feet. Then a traditional Shan massage is performed, which combines the influences of Tibetan medicine, Ayurveda and Yunami-Tibb – Persian medicine. Technique includes deep pressure, stretching of the muscles and joints. Massage is performed with use of a blend of coconut oil and Burmese herbs. The next step is the Mandalay Scrub based on rice powder, cinnamon, turmeric, green tea and ginger. The culmination of the ritual is the relaxing herbal bath with the addition of kaffir lime (lime variety), tea leaves, pandanus and henna. The treatment is cleansing and nourishing.
The yogic massage Nuad Boran is a unique method of manual therapy with a long history, which combines elements of yoga, acupressure and reflexology. During the massage, the muscles are pressed to make them relaxed and then stretched to increase the range of motion. Strong compressions stimulate energy points located along the canals of sleep, so that it removes the accumulated toxins in the muscles that are the cause of many diseases.
The massage starts from the feet, and then proceeds to the next part of the body towards the head. The massaged person during the session is put in various positions: on the back, on the side, on the stomach and in the sitting and hatha yoga positions. Hence, Thai massage is sometimes called “yoga for the lazy”. As opposed to the acupuncture, it is not focused on points, but on the whole energy channels. Their total number is 72 000 of distinct lines, but fourteen of them is considered the most important. Massage at times can be even painful, especially at the beginning. But it perfectly relaxes, restores vitality and reduces muscle fatigue and joint pain.