Tai Chi (Tai Chi Chuan) and Qigong (Chi Kung) are both ancient Chinese traditions. QiGong has its focus on cultivating, circulating, and harmonizing so-called Qi (Life Energy). Tai Chi, related to Qigong and its principals, is however basically a martial art. Some forms of Qigong do emphasize the physical characteristics and movements that are use [ Read More... ]
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Reiki is a well-known form of alternative medicine developed in Japan in 1922 by Dr. Usui. Today, Reiki healing has been adapted into a range of cultural traditions across the globe. Reiki practitioners use palm-healing or hands-on healing through which “universal energy” is said to be transferred to the receiver with the aim to suppor [ Read More... ]
Tantra practices, systems and philosophy emerged in India around 500 AD. What Tantra is exactly, is highly controversial and it has earned many (mis)interpretations. We won’t go into that, but we’d like to give a general definition (hereunder) that maybe suites us all, and puts things into perspective. Now, Tantra is a system or method [ Read More... ]
When there’s a strong demand, the commercial market usually follows, and the spa and wellness treatment and training industry in Thailand has warmly embraced offering an increasing amount of beautifying services and Western massage & bodywork modalities. A number of Thai Spa schools today offer classes in Hot Stone Massage, Swedish Massage, [ Read More... ]
Guasha (or Gua Sha) is a Traditional Chinese bodywork modality with an increasing popularity in Thailand, notably also outside the Chinese communities in Thailand. Of late, an increasing number of Thai spas and wellness centers offer treatments, and a growing number of Thai Massage schools and Thai Spa academies started to offer Guasha tra [ Read More... ]
In recent years, Thai Spa academies and training centers have increasingly embarked on offering foreign (non-thai traditional) types of (Spa) bodywork courses. One of the most popular emerging modalities is so-called Hot Stone Massage. Hot stone massage is a massage therapy treatment that uses smooth and heated stones placed on specific po [ Read More... ]
Thailand has a growing and flourishing Spa & Wellness industry. In fact, the Thai government policy since 2004 has been to promote Thailand as the medical and spa capital of Asia. Subsequently we see that Thai Spa schools and academies have grown also and offer an increasing variety of bodywork courses. Those courses are not limited to Traditi [ Read More... ]
Tuina (or Tui Na) is a Chinese therapeutic massage. This hands-on body treatment uses Chinese Taoist principles in an effort to bring the eight principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) into balance. The name Tui Na comes from the combination of the two words: tui – which means “to push” and na – which means “to li [ Read More... ]
Shiatsu – a Japanese word which translate to “finger pressure” – is a type of bodywork where the thumbs, palms and fingers are used to massage and provide treatment to the patient. Other techniques used in shiatsu include stretching, holding, and leaning the body weight into various points along key channels. Shiatsu is a contemporary [ Read More... ]
Ashiatsu – also known as Barefoot Shiatsu, Back Walking, or Gliding Feet Massage – is a type of barefoot bodywork where the practitioner uses the heel, sesamoid, arch, and/or whole plantar surface of the feet to give the massage. The name comes from the combination of two Japanese words: ashi, meaning “foot” and atsu, meaning ̶ [ Read More... ]