What is Jap Sen or Nerve Touch Thai Massage?

Published | Updated May 3, 2020

What is Jap Sen or Nerve Touch Thai Massage?
The Jap Sen or Nerve Touch Massage style is a Thai Massage style characterized by “grasping or plucking the sen lines” and was founded by the late Lek Chaiya also known as “Mama Lek.”

Mama Lek was a reputable healer, herbalist, and Thai Healing arts teacher from Chiang Mai (Thailand) and her work steadily gained popularity over the years. She gave therapy and taught massage and herbal knowledge for more than fifty years.

The Jap Sen technique is hard to explain in words and in fact it’s best to be seen and felt to understand thoroughly. With Jap Sen the muscles, tendons and nerves are grabbed and “rolled over,” which can be done gently or more firm, while during a session deep (acu)pressure using the knees, elbows, feet, heels and thumbs is applied also.

Generally, it’s safe to say that it’s quite a “hard” or tough style of giving Thai massage. Nevertheless, it’s a deeply therapeutic form of massage, mostly focusing on joint functionality, increased range of motion and flexibility and relieving pain.

In traditional Jap Sen or Nerve Touch style the preparation and proper usage of traditional herbs and herbal packs are an integral part of the work. Today, it’s Jack Chaiya the son of Mama Lek who continues the Jap Sen lineage teaching in his mother’s spirit and style.

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