Lom Pran is the Thai term for Wind of Life. Lom Pran plays a vital role in Thai Traditional Medicine, but it is essential to Thai massage
The concept of Lom Pran is central to other Asian cultures. Perhaps the most recognizable term for Wind of Life is the Chinese term Qi or Chi. The Japanese use the word Ki, Korean use Gi and Vietnamese use the word Khi. In Indian Sanskrit, the term for Lom Pran is Prana, which translates as Life Force or Vital Energy.
Lom Pran is an invisible primordial vital force that exists in every living being. Life is impossible without Lom Pram since it permeates and animates everything and everyone. We absorb Lom Pran from our surroundings by what we eat, drink and breathe, including sunlight.
Lom Pran flows through the Sib Sen
within the human body, the ten major Life Energy channels. When the channels are free of blockages, the elements are balanced, and Lom Pran can flow freely, a person is healthy. If there is a blockage and the Lom Pran can not flow freely, the person will manifest physical, emotional, mental or spiritual discomforts, diseases, or illnesses.
and other Traditional Thai Medicine treatments focus on balancing Lom Pran and unblocking the pathways Lom Pran uses to travel and distribute itself through our bodies.
In a Thai massage
treatment, the practitioner applies acupressure
and stretches on points along the Sib Sen
. The practitioner will combine massage with other treatments like Tok Sen
, Herbal Compress
, Yam Khang
or Ched Hak massage
to unblock Sib Sen
for specific conditions or illnesses. The free and unobstructed flow of Lom Pran, in correct proportions and where needed, maintains or restores health.