Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage, is a unique and powerful healing art that has been an integral part of traditional Thai medicine for thousands of years.
To both give and receive Thai Massage is a truly wonderful experience. The client, within a meditative state, receives an amazing array of techniques and adjustments, where deep healing can occur, releasing stress and tensions that accumulate so easily within modern day life. In a unique way, Thai Yoga Massage blends elements of acupressure, yoga, reflexology, physiotherapy, meditation and energy healing. With the therapist using bodyweight to instil deep relaxation and a steady and meditative rhythm, Thai Yoga Massage looks and feels like a graceful dance between giver and receiver.
The benefits of Thai Yoga Massage are countless. By freeing the flow of vital energy in the body, Thai Yoga Massage can improve posture, breathing, flexibility, digestion and circulation. Muscles are stretched, inner organs toned and emotional and nervous tension is reduced. Often a deep sense of peace can be experienced during and after a treatment. Although the main emphasis in the practice of Thai Yoga Massage is usually on health prevention (as all disease manifests first on the energy level and can be treated there before it becomes physical), it can also be of great therapeutic benefit for a range of specific problems and conditions, such as:
shoulder and neck tension
joint pain, sciatica, hip problems
menstruation problems, insomnia, headache and other stress related conditions.
A Massage Treatment
The client needs to wear loose fitting comfortable clothing. The massage takes place on the floor on a futon where thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet are used to apply a combination of acupressure, gentle rocking and twisting techniques, joint and spine manipulations and assisted yoga stretches. The client is also usually covered with blankets for most of the massage to ensure warmth is constant. A massage session is always tailored to the client. Not everyone is flexible and some people may have very limited mobility. Everyone can benefit from Thai Yoga. Yes, it can be very dynamic, deep and intense if a client is able and wishes to receive in that way but that is not for everyone. Thai Yoga is usually very gentle and meditative, progressively manipulating and releasing the tissues until calm is restored.
The Body's Energy System
The primary aim of Thai Yoga Massage is to restore and balance the body’s energy system which comprises of a multitude of energy lines that run through the body. Thai Massage shares this viewpoint with many Eastern healing traditions such as Acupuncture and Shiatsu. Thai Massage focuses on ten specific energy lines in the body. Energy can easily become blocked within these lines causing emotional and physical dis-ease.
The human being is seen as being an integration of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects that are continually influencing each other. Everything is connected. If we have injury in a specific part of the body, its root cause may be situated elsewhere in the system or a reflection of accumulated tensions due to continued misalignment or behavioural patterns.
Unlike other western massage systems, a full Thai Yoga Massage will always treat the entire body before specific injuries are focused upon.