2,500 years ago a dynamic bodywork therapy based upon yoga and Ayurveda practices, appeared in the temples of Thailand. This therapeutic art was directly rooted in the Indian healing traditions of Ayurvedic medicine. The father founder of Thai Yoga Massage, Jivaka Kumarbhaccha, was a renowned doctor and yogi. His practices would evolve into traditional Thai Massage
In this unique healing system, the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (Sen) lines and pressure points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension and balances the body.
Thai Yoga practitioners agree to pay respect and offer gratitude to the Thai people and Thai culture and to encourage the understanding and practice of traditional Thai healing arts through their disciplined work.
The theoretical basis for traditional Thai healing is rooted in the belief that all forms of life are sustained by a vital force (lom) that is carried along lines (sen) that run through our bodies.
Thai massage combines elements of yoga, assisted stretching, acupressure and meditation to provide a unique and powerful bodywork experience. Thai massage differs from traditional table massage in several important ways. Sessions take place on a comfortable floor mat to provide a stable, firm base, so the sequence may be executed with total security, but can also be offered on a massage table. The rubbing techniques of Western massage are absent in Thai massage; creams and oils are not used; and the work is performed in comfortable clothing. Thai massage practitioners use their feet, knees, elbows and forearms, as well as their hands and fingers during a therapeutic session. Four anatomical postures are worked on: supine, prone, lateral, and seated. Although the client’s physical body is addressed, the therapy is also meant to bring balance and harmony to the energy body and to the mind of the receiver, and to encourage a process of self-healing.
The practice of this massage is based on the kind love or loving compassion that Buddhism espouses. Therefore, the technique focuses on the well-being, pleasant attention, and integral care of the patient.
60, 90 and 120 minute sessions are typical.