By Anthony B. Sen is the Thai word for line. It is the same concept as Prana Nadi used in Yogic terminology and the terms are interchangeable. The Sanskrit word Nadi means stream or movement. Sip Sen are thought to be energetic pathways of the life giving breath in the body. The oldest traditional yogic texts are reputed to make reference to the existence of , lines. As recently as two thousand years ago certain references alluded to as many as 72, of these lines.
Thai Massage, and in fact most Eastern Healing Traditions are founded on the Philosophy that all forms of life in the universe have a natural life force or energy flowing through them, giving breath to the body. One of the ancient techniques used in traditional Thai massage is Jap Sen, working the sen lines. The sen lines, also known as Nadis in Yogic Traditions and similar to Meridians in Chinese Medicine, are these vital energy pathways flowing through your body. There are said to be more than 72, energy lines running through our bodies. They attempt to maintain a balance in the body.
Thai Massage is known for its work on energy lines, called Sen lines in Thailand, and for its many stretches that often resemble yoga moves. Most Asian bodywork is based on the concept that there is a system of energy lines in the body. If they are blocked, health problems develop. Unblocking this energy flow results in improved health. There are various ways of working with energy and energy lines. Acupuncture uses needles on specific points along the lines. Qigong uses gentle movements combined with breath. Yoga uses a variety of methods to open the energy. The best known in the western world are yoga asanas or postures. Thai Massage uses pressure along the sen lines.
The sen lines are conduits-they are able to connect and move substances and sensations from one place to another. The sen are pathways for prana to flow. The sen can also be viewed as rivers of energy, with the major and minor chakras, or energy centers, acting like whirlpools in the river.