There are several forms of ancient Asian massage therapy being practiced in the massage therapy world today. In general asian massage therapy techniques are ancient healing rituals developed over the centuries in India and the Far East. Thai massage therapy, Shiatsu massage Therapy, Ashiatsu massage therapy, Reflexology, and Tui Na.  We are realizing that asian massage therapies that are becoming more and more popular in the west as more people become interested in pilates, yoga and other more holistic forms of exercise and relaxation.

Did you know Thai massage therapy actually started in India? It is a form of massage therapy using guided stretching and Meridian pressure point massage therapy in combination with an ancient breathing method called Pranayama. Thai massage therapy uses breathing techniques to relax and cleanse the body while strengthening the nervous system in a massage therapy session. Thai Massage Therapy sessions usually end with a ritualized final relaxation that most massage therapy customers find intensely restful. Thai massage therapy can be added into any style of massage therapy session.

Chinese acupressure or Tui Na massage therapy was developed over 5000 years ago. By applying pressure to the body at certain key points in massage therapy, the acupressure or Tui Na massage therapist helps the body to activate its own self-healing abilities. Acupressure / Tui Na massage therapy has been used for centuries to treat back pain, hip pain, neck pain, headaches, migraines, stress, and anxiety. Tui Na massage therapy is deeply relaxing and can have the added benefit of assisting the patient with weight management. Tui Na massage therapy can be easily integrated into any style of massage therapy session.

Japanese Shiatsu massage therapy is another type of massage therapy developed in the Far East. Shiatsu massage therapy concentrates on energy rebalance and physical well-being using the massage therapists thumbs, palms and fingers to apply pressure to meridian points on the body. Some of the benefits of this type of Shiatsu massage therapy include rebalancing of the bone system, enhanced circulatory function, maintaining balance of the nervous system and greater skin and muscle flexibility. Shiatsu massage therapy is very enjoyable an can easily be integrated into any type of massage therapy session.

Indonesian Javanese massage therapy is a system of massage therapy that uses all parts of the hand, including the knuckles, to knead and massage the muscles. Usually a massage therapy oil is used to facilitate the massage therapy. This massage therapy works on the muscles and nerves to relieve tension, back pain, hip pain, neck pain and aid in the healing of fractures. Of all of the Asian massage therapies, this is the most robust, and this massage therapy is often painful, although greatly beneficial in the long run. This Japanese massage therapy may be used in combination with other massage therapy styles.

Whatever your preferences of massage therapy, there are many ancient Asian massage therapy treatments to choose from. Explore your massage therapy options by adding one of these interesting and beneficial massages to your health regimen.