What Is Tok Sen Massage?

Published: Feb 12, 2020 | Revised: Dec 15, 2023
Written by: Marce Ferreira

What Is Tok Sen Massage?

Thai Tok Sen therapy is an ancient Northern Lanna Thai healing practice that incorporates the use of a mallet (a short-handled hammer) and a chisel or wedge made of wood, bone or ivory to rhythmically tap along the Thai Sen Energy Lines of the body.

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The rhythmical tapping and sound vibrations work deeply through the tissue and muscles right down to the attachments with the bones.

The Tok Sen technique is used to clear blocked Life Force Energy (named Lom Pran in Thailand), improve blood circulation, and ease muscle, tendon and nerve tensions and pains.

The tools can be made of various materials, but mostly hardwoods, of which the use depends on the goal of a treatment and the Tok Sen learning lineage. Furthermore, certain (sacred) rituals are performed while obtaining and constructing the tools that will be used.

Before, during, and after a Tok Sen session, the practitioner (typically a folk healer) often recites specific chants, incantations or invocations in order to promote healing of the patient and to protect against negative energies.

A Tok Sen treatment is often applied in conjunction with a Thai Massage and/or Thai Herbal Ball Compress Massage session.

In Thailand, treatments can mostly be obtained in Chiang Mai, although offerings have spread increasingly across other places in Thailand too.


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