What is Thai Yoga Massage?


Thai Yoga Massage is a unique, holistic and powerful healing art involving massage techniques, gentle palm and thumb pressure and passive stretches that resemble yoga asanas. It includes elements of acupressure, Yoga, massage, physiotherapy, chiropractic techniques, reflexology, energy healing, Indian Ayurveda and meditation. Thai Yoga Massage has been an integral part of the traditional Thai medicine for thousands of years. Originally it was practiced by monks in Thai Buddhist temples and was considered as a spiritual practice which stems back to the times of Buddha. Thai Yoga Massage is practiced by the therapist as a moving meditation of Metta (loving kindness). It is a truly wonderful and rewarding experience for both giver and receiver. Any tension and stress are completely released, and deep balance and healing takes place in an amazing meditative space of Thai Yoga Massage treatment.

Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage

The primary aim of Thai Yoga Massage is helping to attain balance of the body's energy system. Due to physical or emotional trauma, bad habits and posture, physical injuries, or negative beliefs, the harmful energy can get trapped in our body, causing physical and emotional problems. Thai Yoga Massage - with its multitude of techniques and adjustments - can release trapped energy and bring the body back to its natural balance.

Thai Yoga Massage works on both surface and deep fascial layers of muscles, ligaments, joints and connective tissues. It touches all areas of the body, including the muscular, nervous, digestive and respiratory systems. Thai Yoga Massage can improve posture, mental state, breathing, digestion and circulation. Muscles are stretched, inner organs toned, and emotional tension is released. Often a great sense of calm and peace can be experienced during and after Thai Yoga Massage session.

Although the main emphasis in the practice of Thai Yoga Massage is usually on health prevention (as all diseases manifest first on the energy level, and can be treated there before they become physical), it can also be of great therapeutic benefit for a variety of particular problems and conditions:

Physical Benefits:

  • Help detoxification of the body and boost of immune system
  • Help with circulation and breathing
  • Muscle relaxation, increased flexibility and mobility
  • Improves posture
  • Improves athletic performance
  • Helps with back pain and arthritis

Mental Benefits:

  • Improves emotional balance
  • Helps concentration
  • Clears and calms the mind
  • Helps to gain mental clarity

Psychological Benefits:

  • Reduces stress and anxiety
  • Helps to boost energy and stamina
  • Develops self-awareness
  • Improves overall; health and vitality

What happens in a session?

Thai Yoga Massage is done on a mat on the floor with the patient dressed in comfortable clothes. Usually a session lasts about 2 hours, but can also be longer if needed.

The practitioner’s own bodyweight, rather than muscular force is used in the application of pressure to deliver compressions. The practitioner also uses his or her thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply a combination of acupressure, rocking and twisting, joint and spine mobilizations and assisted meditative yoga postures. The most importantly, the practitioner’s attitude comes from the pace of open heart and pure compassion.

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