Relief of Convulsion Caused by Wind or "Wata"

Rue-si Dat Ton (Wat Pho Style) Technique 8

In this post, you will learn a simple self-stretching technique for relief of convulsion 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

POEM TRANSLATION

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 Narot – the forest storm comes, hitting the chest while in the rice fields. Crossing the legs and knees while crossing off the convulsion, snatching the feet, standing posture, gliding like flying. One hand squeezing the left knee, dissolving the four winds.”

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 Convulsion…

Benefits of This Technique Include:

  • Stretches muscles such as the Flexor group of the Hip, Quadriceps Femoris, and Tibialis Anterior.
  • Exercises the Quadriceps Femoris, Tibialis Anterior, Hamstring, Gastrosoleus, and Hip Extensor Group muscles.
  • Improves joint mobility and range of motion –flexion of the hip joint and opposite side extension, knee joint flexion, dorsiflexion of the ankle joint and opposite side plantar flexion.
  • Breathing meditation improves the respiratory system.
  • Refreshes the mind.
  • Provides relief of convulsion. Helps to relieve knee & leg weakness.

Recommendations & Precautions

Recommendations:

  • 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 Convulsion Caused by Wind or “Wata”

Starting Position

Begin by standing upright and placing your right hand on the right knee. Lift up your left foot and hold your ankle in the left hand.

Action

  1. Look forward, inhale deeply and bend the right knee down and stretch the left hip a little bit keeping your left elbow straight.
  2. Exhale slowly while straightening the right knee back up to the starting position.
  3. Now place your left hand on the left knee. Lift up your right foot and hold your ankle in the right hand.
  4. Look forward, inhale deeply and bend the left knee down and stretch the right hip a little bit keeping your right elbow straight.
  5. Exhale slowly while straightening the left knee back up to the starting position.

Helpful Tips

  • In this technique, it’s important to keep looking forwards while bending into the stretch.
  • Your bent knee shouldn’t go beyond your toes.
  • Use the arm & hand on your bent knee to stabilize and balance as you lean forwards.

Add To The Flow

This technique is intended provide relief of convulsion caused by wind or “wata” 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!