thai yoga massage
What is Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai Yoga Massage is a unique form of clothed therapeutic massage that is given on a mat on the floor, combining acupressure, passive stretching, and applied yoga. The massage works along the Thai system of energy lines, called the Ten Sen. Blockages in this system can cause physical and emotional imbalances and pain in the body. The therapist works on this energy line system using acupressure, gentle stretching and passive yoga to help remove blockages, restore balance and to ultimately set the self-healing potential of the body free.
A typical Thai Yoga Massage takes two hours but can also be reduced to one and a half hours – we do not offer shorter full body massage as we cannot give a complete holistic treatment in a shorter time.
What are the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai Yoga Massage can alleviate back and neck pain, headaches, and muscle stiffness, and help with tiredness, stress and restlessness. Regular treatments – which are highly recommended if you are looking for lasting change – can increase mobility and flexibility of the body, boost energy and open a space of balance for head, body and heart.
Who can receive a Thai Yoga Massage?
It is for everyone – of any size, weight, age, strength or flexibility. Every treatment is tailored to suit each client’s individual needs so absolutely anyone can enjoy a full Thai Yoga Massage. It can range from very gentle and relaxing to energetic and invigorating, depending on your needs and preferences which we will discuss prior to the massage along with any physical problems or issues to make sure that the treatment is applied safely. We also offer massage especially adapted for pregnant women. It can be done from the 3rd month of pregnancy up to the last month of pregnancy; it is absolutely safe and done entirely with the receiver lying on her side or leaning on a beanbag to ensure the comfort of the mother and the safety of the baby, while still allowing us to give a thorough and complete treatment.
Thai Yoga Massage today:
In the last years the interest for alternatives to western medicine has been increasing rapidly . Yoga, Thai Yoga Massage, Traditional Chinese medicine and other holistic therapies are being rediscovered and have an important role in the holistic approach and understanding of health.
Unfortunately Thai Yoga Massage has been used and is still used as a front for prostitution: for some the words bring to mind dubious looking massage parlours, and to this day it struggles with this image. It is also faced with another challenge. People who have been to Thailand will have no doubt seen the huge amount of massage salons on almost every corner and street in touristy areas. Most of these are more about making fast money with tourists, and sadly many people walk away with the memory of a terrible massage. The majority of these therapists (though not all of them!) often have very poor training, or none at all, and people can leave feeling unsatisfied or with more pain than they came in with. There is also the issue that many Thai Massage schools around the world offer very short courses run by teachers who have often just had a few days of training themselves. Sadly, these factors have caused many people to have a negative view on this beautiful and ancient therapy.
However, if it is taught, learned, and applied well, Thai Yoga Massage can be an integral part of good holistic health and bring a multitude of benefits to the mind, body and heart.
History of Thai Yoga Massage:
Thai Yoga Massage is believed to have originated in India. Its founder, Jivaka Kumar Bhacca was physician to the king, and known to be a friend of the Buddha.
It is thought that his teachings arrived in Thailand with the teachings of Buddhism about 2200 years ago and through the years combined with Chinese acupressure and other traditional forms of massage to form the Thai Yoga Massage we know today. Much of the history of Thai Yoga Massage is not available to us anymore as the teaching was passed orally from generation to generation and the scripts were destroyed by Burmese invaders in 1767. The remains are engraved in the walls of the famous Wat Pho temple in Bangkok and can be still seen today.