Chants, Mantras, and Visualizations in Massage Therapy

Published January 29, 2021 | Updated January 29, 2021

Chants, Mantras, and Visualizations in Massage Therapy

Notably in spiritually oriented massage sessions embedded in (indigenous) traditional medicine systems, the massage therapist (in these cases usually called a folk healer) may use chants, prayers, songs, musical instruments, mantras, visualizations, ceremonies, invocations, and/or incantations before, during, and/or after a treatment.

The reasons of using these tools may vary, and can include ideas of appeasing or exorcising “evil spirits,” patient auto-suggestion, deep relaxation, invoking healing power or help of beneficial religious entities or saints, and such.

Sometimes these rituals and ceremonies are rather extensive and take a large part of the session time, but in other cases it can take form of a simple, brief moment of concentration, meditation or short prayer before the treatment, such as the Wai Khru before a Thai Massage session.

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