THAi YOGA MASSAGE
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage also known as ‘Thai massage’, ‘Nuad Boran’, and ‘Ancient Thai massage’ to name but a few, is an ancient healing art practiced in the temples of Thailand and preserved through the oral tradition, since the third century BC, which makes it one of the oldest forms of massage in the world. It is a unique form of bodywork combining acupressure massage, breathing techniques and the beautiful stretches of yoga. It is a very comprehensive and rejuvenating form of bodywork, which can be extremely relaxing and highly energising. In a nutshell, it is a lazy person’s yoga!
Ultimately, this massage aims to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and to restore balance, where imbalances exist by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Thai Yoga massage works on what is called the ‘energy body’ (pranamaya kosha) which is closest to the ‘physical body’. There are thought to be 72,000 energy lines within the body, but in Thai Yoga massage we work on the ten major lines known as Sip Sen. The practitioner uses their hands, feet, forearms, elbows, and knees to apply pressure along these energy channels. The receiver is pressed, rocked and stretched to release blockages and stimulate the free flow of energy. This energy, in turn, restores balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually leading to health, centeredness and an overall sense of well-being. The massage is always a full body massage and typically lasts between 90 minutes to 3 hours. It takes place on a comfortable mat on the ground which promotes a feeling of safety and returning to earth. There is a wonderful rhythm and flow to the treatment like the tide, and as the massage unfolds, there is an unmistakable feeling of renewal and relaxation as well as a deeply meditative quality.
Traditional Thai Yoga massage is highly beneficial for everybody – the ‘receiver’ can be of any age, gender, be regular yogi’s or total novices, sports people, pregnant women, those with various physical conditions or emotional states and also the generally healthy – the list goes on. Clients responses can vary dramatically to the treatment from feeling energized enough to run a marathon to extreme fatigue but also many varied reactions in between. These are all temporary and part of the process of restoring the energy balance of the body and which lasts between one to three days.