Relief of Physical Discomforts

Rue-si Dat Ton (Wat Pho Style) Technique 2

In this post, you will learn a simple self-stretching technique for relief of physical discomforts. 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:

This stretch of Rue-si Gamuntagee helps with exhaustion. Can be used right after waking up or doing hard work. Increases blood flow to the brain. “Mixing Zinc & Tin together to form many Rue-si using his strength – stretches his hands and arms to release tension/exhaustion.”

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 Physical Discomforts…

Benefits of This Technique Include:

  • Stretches muscles such as the flexor group in forearm & Biceps Brachii, Rhomboid Major & Minor, Trapezius, Deltoid (posterior fiber), Latissimus Dorsi, Rectus Abdominis, External & Internal Obliques, and Erector Spinae.
  • Exercises the Trapezius, Deltoid (posterior fiber), & Erector Spinae muscles.
  • Improves joint mobility and range of motion –lateral flexion & extension of the Intervertebral Joint, horizontal adduction/abduction of the shoulder joint, and retraction and protraction of the Scapula.
  • Breathing meditation improves the respiratory system.
  • Refreshes the mind.
  • Relieves general bodily discomforts.

 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):

  • Total Hip Replacement
  • 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 Physical Discomforts

Starting Position

Begin by grasping your hands together, interlocking your fingers in front of your chest.


  1. First, inhale deeply and gently turn palms outward, stretching your arms forward, and slowly exhale turning your arms to the left.
  2. Inhale and return to starting position. Exhale.
  3. Then inhale deeply and gently turn palms outward, stretching your arms forward, and slowly exhale turning your arms to the right.
  4. Inhale and return to start. Exhale.
  5. Next, inhale deeply and turn your palms outward, stretching your arms up above your head, and slowly exhale moving your upper body to the left.
  6. Inhale and return to start. Exhale.
  7. Then inhale deeply and turn your palms outward, stretching your arms up above your head, and slowly exhale moving your upper body to the right.
  8. Inhale and return to start. Exhale.
  9. Finally, inhale deeply while turning your palms outward, and stretch your arms above your head, bending your upper body backwards.
  10. Exhale slowly, bending your body forwards, and try to touch the ground.
  11. Inhale and return.

Helpful Tips

  • All breathing during this exercise should be deep inhales and slow exhales.
  • Each stretch should be held for 3-5 seconds.
  • In this technique, it’s important to keep your hips square and remain facing forwards, while turning your hands and shoulders.

Add To The Flow

This technique is intended provide relief of physical discomforts 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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