Relief of Tension Headache & Giddiness

Rue-si Dat Ton (Wat Pho Style) Technique 1

In this post, you will learn a simple self-stretching technique for relief of tension headache and giddiness. As you’ll discover though, this technique has many more benefits than that!

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Poetry In Motion

Clues From the Past

A Drawing from the Samut Thai Khao/Dam of a Ruesi doing a self-stretching exercise to relieve tension headache.


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 Phra-Ma-Noad, from the clan of Peacock & Heron (Bittern Egret), worried and feared wild animals in the jungle. Having a headache (tension, top part) and feeling pity about himself; while sitting – lifted his hands into praying mantra over his head.”

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 Tension Headache & Giddiness…

Benefits of This Technique Include:

  • Stretches muscles such as the sternocleidomastoid, Trapezius, Latissimus Dorsi, External & Internal Obliques, and Rhomboid Major & Minor.
  • Exercises the Deltoid, Biceps Brachii, and Triceps Brachii muscles.
  • Improves joint mobility and range of motion – such as flexion and rotation of the intervertebral joint (neck level) and flexion, horizontal adduction/abduction of the shoulder joint.
  • Breathing meditation improves the respiratory system.
  • Refreshes the mind.
  • Relieves Tension Headaches & Giddiness.

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 Shoulder 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 Tension Headache and Giddiness

Starting Position

Begin by standing upright and joining your palms together in front of you, keeping them about an inch or two away from your chest.


  1. Inhale deeply and bend your head forwards until your chin touches your chest.
  2. Exhale slowly and return to starting position.
  3. Inhale deeply and bend your head backwards until your eyes look up to the sky.
  4. Exhale slowly and return.
  5. Inhale deeply and rotate your head to the left.
  6. Exhale and return.
  7. Inhale deeply and rotate your head to the right.
  8. Exhale and return.
  9. Inhale deeply and stretch both arms above your head, until your arms are close to your ears.
  10. Exhale slowly, lowering your hands over your head, and return to start.
  11. Inhale deeply and turn both your hands and shoulders to the left.
  12. Exhale and return.
  13. Inhale deeply and turn both your hands and shoulders to the right.
  14. Exhale 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 for tension headache and giddiness 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 entire 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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