WHAT IS RUE-SI DAT TON?
Rue-si Dat Ton is an ancient system of self care developed by hermit/ascetics over the millennia. This unique practice is comprised of self-stretching, vigorous exercises, self-massage, meditation, mantras, breathing and acupressure techniques. There are approximately 300 techniques (including variations) in this system.
“Rue-si” means hermit, recluse, or ascetic in the Thai language. “Dat” means to bend, straighten, or flex. “Ton” means one’s self or one’s body. Therefore the Thai term “Rue-si Dat Ton” can be translated as Ascetic Self-Stretching. However, there is much more to Rue-si Dat Ton than just stretching.
Rue-si are spiritual teachers who live in natural, secluded places like forests or caves to concentrate, clean their minds, and pursue enlightenment. They are keepers of ancient knowledge of the world passed down through the ages mostly by oral tradition, in subjects such as natural medicine, alchemy, tantra, astrology, yoga, mathematics, palm reading, music, etc. Countless people have sought help, wisdom, and healing from Rue-si, who held a status similar to the level of which we respect doctors today.
Rue-si spend many hours every day sitting cross-legged in meditation. Sitting like this for a long time can cause discomfort and pain. Being in seclusion often meant that they were forced to deal with ailments on their own. So in order to heal themselves and understand the various aspects of their physical, energetic, and psychic bodies, Rue-si experimented on and studied themselves. They developed hundreds of techniques to help alleviate a wide variety of disorders and to achieve homeostasis. It was through the modification of these techniques by Rue-si so that they could be applied to other people, that Thai Traditional Massage was developed.
Rue-si Dat Ton is the origin of Thai Traditional Massage. Therefore, it should be requisite for anyone who practices Thai Traditional Massage to have a solid foundation (or at the very least a basic understanding) in Rue-si Dat Ton. After all, how can one truly know another, if one does not know oneself? And furthermore, how can one heal another most effectively if one cannot heal oneself? The Rue-si Dat Ton system is a reliable means to understanding the body on a much deeper level.
The massage profession is a very physically, mentally, and emotionally demanding one and it can easily take its toll on the therapist. Consequently, a sizable part of massage education focuses on the utilization of proper body mechanics so as to avoid personal injury as well as protecting the energy of the therapist in order to avoid burnout. It is also recommended that massage therapists receive massages regularly themselves and engage in Yoga, Tai Chi, or similar practice in order to maintain their health, fitness, and overall wellbeing. The Rue-si Dat Ton system is a complete solution that addresses all of these issues.