About Kitcho Massage
What is Kitcho?
The name Kitcho refers to Dr. Kusai Abidin, our senior registered massage therapist
(RMT)/Oriental massage instructor. +16 years of experience and
taught thai massage in 4 countries. He's presently involved in massage training
through his international training Thai massage institute in Ottawa, Hull-Gatineau,
Montreal, Toronto and other areas outside of Canada.
Kitcho's Thai Massage
Thai massage is different from other forms of massage in that there is no oil used,
that the therapist uses a mattress on the floor (as opposed to a table)
and that you remain fully clothed throughout the massage session.
We often describe it as having someone "do yoga to you".
In fact, Thai massage is also known as "Yoga Massage" or "Yoga for lazy people".
The benefits of Thai Traditional Massage is not only to heal the aches and pains of the body!
Thailand's ministry of health recognizes that there are over 60 types of sicknesses or conditions
that benefit from and improve with Thai massage.
These include high blood pressure, bad circulation in the feet and hands,
constipation, allergies, migraines, diabetes, irregular periods, weak immune system,
low blood pressure, eating disorders, asthma and anemia.
The Thai Method
Thai Massage blends styles from Asian neighbors passed down through the generations.
Unlike the scooping and continuous strokes of Western massage, the Thai method uses point
pressure,muscle stretching and compression, done in a rhythmic movement of gentle rocking.
In Thai massage it is not just the hands that are used to free tension from the recipient's body,
but the healer's feet, forearms, knees, and elbows as well. Be assured northern style Thai massage
is never painful. Thai massage is applied on a mat on the floor, the work is done fully clothed
and no oils are required. Thai medical massage can move deeper into the mechanical functions of the body,
working with deep muscle tension and joint mobility as well as nerve, muscle and ligament balancing.
Today, Thai massage is becoming increasingly popular in the West,
and one of the fastest growing massage modalities in the U.S. Massage Magazine,
Yoga Journal and other industry leading magazines have frequently featured Thai Massage in their pages.
History of Thai Massage
Traditional Ancient Thai massage is a unique form of Bodywork that incorporates
Hatha Yoga, acupressure and reflexology with origins dating back about 2500 years.
The roots of Thai massage are traced back to the founder of the practice
(known as "Father Doctor") Shivaga Komarpaj, a doctor,
friend and contemporary to the Buddha.
Ancient Medical texts were carved in stone in attempts to preserve the tradition of Thai massage;
these stone inscriptions still sit within the walls of the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok. In Thailand,
there are many agricultural people who do a lot of physical work through the day and their muscles become very tight
and sore, so they teach their children massage skills they learned from their parents.
In this way Thai massage is passed down as an oral tradition.
Massage has a unique style in each area of Thailand.
When people would gather together from different regions they would exchange their techniques of massage.
In this same way influences came from other countries such as
China, India, Burma and Tibet creating its evolution and development.
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