Ann of Siam Reflexology

The Ancient Tradition of Thai Foot Massage Reflexology
(Nuad Pan Boran)






Ancient Thai Foot Massage (Reflexology) 

Thai foot massage is the application of pressure onto particular areas of the soles of the feet. A reflex action in another part of the body is stimulated by the manipulation of each specific area. Foot reflexology massage uses hands, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, and a rounded wooden stick with lotion or oil.

Reflexology foot massage as practiced in Thailand is an ancient therapeutic procedure that has become popular today.  Originally the knowledge and techniques were closely held secrets kept alive and passed down through generations by the Buddhist monks of the Thai Royal Palace.  Thai foot reflexology is a marriage between the ancient healing arts of Reflexology, Chinese Tuina, Japanese Shiatsu and Indian Ayurvedi yoga. Working with the feet, lower leg and knees, this 2000 year old, highly reputed session frees up blocked energy within the body's many sens lines (Thai-based meridians) to produce a deep and unique feeling of balance, relaxation and well-being.


The Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School in Bangkok adjacent to the Royal Palace is today the center of massage training and study in Thailand.
According to acupuncture and acupressure theory, there are 7200 sensory nerve endings in each foot connected to the internal organs that spread throughout the body.  Consequently, the massage is effective in stimulating the functions of the internal organs.  It is without side effects, non-toxic nor harmful to health.



The Benefits of Foot Massage 

Ancient Thai foot massage (Nuad Pan Boran) is a holistic healing technique that provides relaxation, balance in the body's various systems, and healthy blood circulation. It is known as a therapy to foster general good health and mental serenity. Crystals of calcium and uric acid (toxic wastes) that have built up are dispersed.

Proponents report relief from stress, back and other chronic pain, plantar fasciitis, allergies, high blood pressure, sleep disorder, fibromyalgia, gout, migraine, arthritis, diabetes, kidney, and digestive problems. Reflexology helps the body regain and maintain its general good health and natural balance.

Enhanced flow of blood and nutrients tend to maintain or improve the healthy condition of the body parts, and many ailments are cured or reduced. The immune system is boosted, healing is accelerated, the body is refreshed, and the mind is cleared of stress.

 Benefits of Thai Foot Massage continued:

  • Improves circulation in feet and legs 
  • Improves lymphatic drainage
  • A boost for the immune system
  • Reduces stiffness and improves flexibility
  • Encorages physical healing
  • Stress relief
  • Improves sleep
  • Lifts your mood
  • Improves concentration and clarity of mind
  • Leaves you with a general feeling of tranquility, calmness, and well being


HOW DOES THAI FOOT MASSAGE WORK? 

Thai Foot Massage is a treatment of the lower legs and feet that involves physically stretching and massaging to open Sen (energy).  There are 10 major energy lines that run throughout the body from the top of the head down to the soles of the feet, where they end as pressure points.  It is these that provide a map of the whole body and the organs.  By stimulating these we are able to encourage the mind and body to restore its own natural healthy balance therefore keeping the whole body harmonized.

WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION? 

The massage is usually given fully clothed, ideally wearing loose fitting clothing that can be taken up comfortably above the knee.  The client will sit on a reclining chair throughout the massage.

 
HOW CAN THAI FOOT MASSAGE HELP? 

Thai Foot Massage is great for tired feet, improving circulation and lymph movement in the feet and lower legs, and improving flexibility.  If you have tried reflexology, you will also enjoy this fabulous treatment, but will be surprised at how different the techniques feel!  Certainly, like reflexology, you will leave the session feeling relaxed, yet energized and invigorated!

Reflexology is NOT RECOMMENDED if the following exist: 
severe heart or  serious health problems, pregnancy, menstruation, high fever, contagious disease or sores, broken foot or leg bones, or with a full stomach.