Relief of Chest Compression Caused by Wind or "Wata"

Rue-si Dat Ton (Wat Pho Style) Technique 7

In this post, you will learn a simple self-stretching technique for relief of chest compression caused by wind or “wata.” As you’ll discover though, this technique has many more benefits than that!

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Poetry In Motion

Clues From the Past


In this section, we focus on the poem that goes with each illustration of a Rue-si performing the technique. Originally written in Old Thai and featured in the Samut Thai Khao, the poem translates to English as something like this:

“Rue-si Satchanalai flees (on a run, escape). An event to commiserate, standing with one foot forward and stretching his body, with weakness, his two hands perform the bending the bow, shooting the arrow. Endure the healing process. The sickness disappears.”

This may not make sense to you upon first glance. However, try to find any keys that may be hidden in the words. 

Before We Begin

Firstly, we need to understand the benefits of this technique as well as consider any precautions & recommendations in order to achieve maximum results and ensure safety.

In Addition to Relief of Chest Compression…

Benefits of This Technique Include:

  • Stretches muscles such as the Flexor group of the Hip and Gastrosoleus. 
  • Strengthens the front thigh muscles.
  • Exercises the Deltoid, Pectoralis Major & Minor, Supraspinatus, and Trapezius muscles.
  • Improves joint mobility and range of motion – extension of the hip joint and opposite side flexion, knee joint extension and opposite side flexion, dorsiflexion of the ankle joint, and flexion & extension of the shoulder joint.
  • Breathing meditation improves the respiratory system.
  • Refreshes the mind.
  • Helps to relieve chest compression.

Recommendations & Precautions


  • First, prepare your body & mind before practicing Ruesi Dat Ton (check yourself, set intention, etc).
  • Don’t let others help – you have to do it by yourself or you risk getting injured.
  • Do not stretch too hard and fast. Pace yourself.
  • Stretch to your full range of motion and hold for 3-15 seconds (as you feel is right for you).
  • For best results, repeat each technique 3-5 times.
  • After practicing, try not to stop/rest suddenly. Take some time before moving into a restful state so as to balance heart rythm.
  • Finally, it’s best to practice 3 times a week or every other day for maximum benefit.

Precautions (use caution and/or consult doctor before practicing if you have/had):

  • After Hip or Knee Surgery
  • Osteoarthritis (OA) Knee & Other Bone Issues
  • Have Area(s) of Infection/Inflammation
  • Swollen Areas
  • Chronic Muscle Pain
  • Vertigo or Balance Problems
  • Unstable Blood Pressure
  • Herniated Nucleus Pulposus (HNP)

Prepare Your Body.
Prepare Your Mind.

Okay, Let’s Begin

How To Do This Technique

Relief of Chest Compression Caused by Wind or “Wata”

Starting Position

Begin by standing upright and stepping back with your right leg. Stretch the left arm forward and point upwards with the index finger at eye level. Stretch your right arm backwards (bent upwards) and bend the wrist, palm facing up.


  1. Inhale deeply and bend down the left knee.
  2. Exhale slowly and bring the right arm forward until the right index finger meets the left.
  3. Inhale and return to starting position.
  4. Now step back with your left leg, stretch the right arm forward, and point upwards with the index finger at eye level. Stretch your left arm backwards (bent upwards) and bend the wrist, palm facing up.
  5. Inhale deeply and bend down the right knee.
  6. Exhale slowly and bring the left arm forward until the left index finger meets the right.
  7. Inhale and return to start.

Helpful Tips

  • In this technique, it’s important that as you bend your knee forward, you turn the other foot on its tiptoes.
  • Your bent knee shouldn’t go beyond your toes. If you need a deeper stretch, step back farther.
  • When returning, inch your rear foot forward in small steps to avoid pulling a muscle.

Add To The Flow

This technique is intended provide relief of chest compression and can be done independently for that purpose. However, it can also be combined with other techniques in a preventative maintenance routine for your body. Move directly from this technique to the next here. If you prefer, the Wat Pho Style of 18 techniques in one routine can found and practiced on the main Learn Rue-si Dat Ton page. Enjoy!

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Important Note: Most of the information presented here was acquired from the Watpo Thai Traditional Medical School in Bangkok, Thailand. It’s a great school and quite likely the #1 place to learn Thai massage in the world. Highly Recommended!