Thai Yoga massage is an intuitive and powerful massage therapy, combining acupressure, gentle stretching and applied yoga.
Highly influenced by the Chinese acupressure and Japanese shiatsu therapy, and at the same having its own unique system of energy lines called ‘sen’ – ten main energy pathways in the body.
Thai massage is famous for being a traditional Thai practice, however it is rooted in Indian yogic traditions and Buddhist spiritual practices.
It arrived in Thailand together with Buddhism around the third or second century BC.
The founder of this healing art is known to be a man called Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a physician to the Maghada king Bimbisara over 2,500 years ago, approximately around the time Buddha was alive, who evidently was his close friend.
Thai Yoga massage has a very deep spiritual nature and was traditionally practiced in Buddhist temples and was an extension of Buddhist practice, specifically meditation.
It consists of a practice called metta or ‘loving kindness’ meditation. Thai Yoga massage is known to be the ‘physical application of loving kindness’ – an extremely beautiful concept.
It is a massage done with a high level of intention and awareness, ideally in a meditative mood.
In a typical Thai massage session, the therapist works thoroughly with the client to bring balance to their body and spirit, easing various forms of complaints and ultimately bringing about high levels of relaxation and well-being.
During the massage the giver and receiver develop a harmonious relationship, a kind of flowing interaction which has often been compared to a dance.
There are two main styles of Thai massage therapy – northern and southern.
I practice the northern style, which is generally longer, includes more yoga-based stretches and more thorough work on the energy lines of the legs.
A typical session is carried out fully clothed on the floor on a special mat and oil-free.
There are so many benefits to be gained from Thai massage!
Overall, the effects can be profound since the aim of the therapy is to balance the whole energy system of the body.
• Increased flexibility in the joints
• Enhanced blood circulation
• Better alignment of the body
• Improved posture
• Emotional balance
• Improved digestion & internal organ function
• Greater feelings of relaxation
• Reduced stress levels
After receiving a Thai massage, it typically takes four to five days for the re-balancing of energy to complete its process.
Hence, the beneficial effects are experienced for longer than just during the treatment.
Initially, there may be a feeling of extreme tiredness, which means that unwanted energy has left the body, followed by feelings of increased energy that indicated new positive energy has arrived in its place.
Thai Yoga Massage Sessions
A short session that covers most parts of the body.
A medium session that works all parts of the body, paying extra attention to the areas that need more work.
A longer session that thoroughly works the whole body, in most cases bringing about a maximum shift in energy.