RITUALS For The Body
Tok Sen is a massage technique from northern Thailand and Burma. It is thought to have been developed by Buddhist Monks thousands of years ago. Traditionally, Tok Sen has been practiced at home by wives on their husbands after a hard day’s work in the paddy fields; he would lie on the family dining table, while she would tap along his body with wooden sticks to ease his aches and pains.
Energy, known as Lom is said to be moved through channels in the body, known as Sen. Literally translating as “tapping” the “Sen”, Tok Sen aims to dislodge what are seen as blockages of Lom (Wind).
What really makes Tok Sen massage stand out from other massage methods is that the tools achieve a deep bodily vibration through tapping that is not possible using ordinary Thai massage techniques. These intense vibrations resonate through the body, stimulating from within and dislodging long-held and stubborn muscle tension.
Many people find the rhythm of the taps hypnotising, as they follow the sound to a deep, meditative state of relaxation, which further loosens the body, making the massage even more effective.
Tok Sen is said to be a particularly good massage for loosening the fascia, a connective tissue beneath the skin which can cause pain when it becomes too stiff. Such loosening both prevents and relieves myofascial adhesions or trigger points, commonly known as “knots”.
Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Sometimes called ‘coining, spooning or scraping’, Gua sha is defined as instrument-assisted unidirectional press-stroking of a lubricated area of the body surface to intentionally create transitory therapeutic petechiae called ‘sha’ representing extravasation of blood in the subcutis.
Raising sha removes blood stagnation considered pathogenic in traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research shows the transitory therapeutic petechiae produce an anti inflammatory and immune protective effect that persists for days following a single Gua sha treatment accounting for the immediate relief that patients feel from pain, stiffness, fever, chill, cough, wheeze, nausea and vomiting etc, and why Gua Sha is effective in acute and chronic internal organ disorders including liver inflammation in hepatitis. It is one of the very best techniques for dealing with fibrotic tissue, muscle knots and taut bands, removing pain inducing fatty lumps, and is a top diagnostic tool to reveal where blockages and pain originates, like an X-Ray for the fascia and energy systems.
For those with musculoskeletal or neuromuscular pain conditions like Office Syndrome, Paralysis, Frozen Shoulder, Back Ache, Migraine, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, Sciatica, Trapped Nerves, or Numbness, this deep remedial massage uses a large variety of traditional and rare Thai massage techniques applied with finger, thumb, elbow or foot, some with active stretches. Simply the most effective massage in Thailand with amazing results, especially when combined with Guasha and Tok Sen.
A deeply relaxing and restorative combination of Tok Sen, Guasha and Deep Remedial Massage as described above.