Thai massage therapy has existed in Thailand for hundreds of years. Unlike Swedish massages, the purpose of Thai massage is to remove blockages that inhibit the body’s energy force (Lom Pran). A Thai massage practitioner works to restore balance to the body using a combination of stretching and acupressure on pressure points and ten energy channels (Sib Sen).
Lom Pran means the wind of life and is the life energy in Thai massage. An obstruction in the flow of Lom Pran can cause discomfort or illness to a person.
Folk Thai massage is the most common style of Thai Traditional Massage in Thailand, originating and applied within family households and in the public arena.