||Most of the ancient medical texts were destroyed in 1776, with the destruction of Ayutthaya by the Burmese. What was left was literally carved in stone in 1832, when king Rama 3, in hopes of preserving the tradition of massage, had stone inscription set into the walls at the temple in Bangkok, called Wat Poh.
Therapeutic massage for treatment of specific conditions and diseases is also practiced , by only a small number of very skilled people. It takes several years of study and a good working knowledge of the language.
The Chinese and Indians are thought to have had an influence in the therapies and treatments developed in Thailand.
The theoretical basis of Thai Massage lies in the theory of energy lines running through the body. Out of the 72,000 energy lines said to be in existence, the focus is on the 10 major lines, called "Sen"
Important acupressure points are found on these lines. Treatments for the whole body, different organs and diseases are often done using the System of the Ten Sen.
Working on these energy lines will help to remove any blockages and allow free flow of energy through the body.
Spas on Koh Samui and the islands
There are nowadays many good spas on the islands of Koh Samui, Koh Phangan and Koh Tao. In fact, especially Samui has got a reputation of being one of the best spa islands in South East Asia. The island's environment and natural beauty, with coconut palm trees, fresh air and nice beaches makes it the perfect location for a spa.
What is a Thai spa?
A Thai spa is a place where both your body and mind should relax and get "stress free" and of course, there are many different methods and treatments. Below is just a selection:
Traditional Thai massage
Traditional oil massage
Body scrubs and body wraps and facial masks
Foot massage and reflexology
Head and facial massage
Skin care, face care and nail care
Jacuzzi, herbal bath and spring baths
Food and juices made from herbs, fruits and vegetables
Green tea and natural spring water for health
Aloe Vera, coconut oil, ginger and papaya treatment
Steam room or Sauna
Meditation and relaxing techniques
Yoga, Reiki, breathing techniques and Tai Chi
Facilities, interiors and environment
All good spas on Samui, Phangan and Tao has been designed professionally with an interior very often inspired by Thai and Asian influences and tradition. Also the eyes should be satisfied while going to a spa here. A lot of natural materials like stones, tree and fabrics are found in most spas. Walls are often covered by natural wood, bamboo or stone briks or painted in natural earth colors. Many spas has small waterfalls and living plants and flowers to make the environment a part of the relaxation. Moderate air condition or special fans to make you relax is of course installed.