Thai Massage also known as Nuad Boran, Ancient Massage and more popular Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing art based on restoring the natural flow of energy in the body. By massaging along the energy lines called the Sen or Sib Sen, working on the physical body, the tensions and blockages are being softened and made fluent, resulting in pure health on the physical, emotional and mental level. Using the principles of Thai Yoga Massage which include aligned posture, body weight and breath we apply pressure along the meridian pathway using wholeheartedly our hands, elbows, knees and feet. Having a holistic approach, Thai Yoga Massage is a therapy that sees and treats people as a whole, including the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual aspects of the self. It is a communication between two people and finally the communication to oneself. This way of working with the body brings a more in depth connection not only with the muscle and skeletal systems but creates space for deeper emotional and mental understanding.
The benefits of Thai Yoga Massage are many. Starting with the physical it is very beneficial for the release of soft and deep tissue, it aligns the body posture, helps the release of pain and brings in more mobility in the joints, by using techniques of blood stop helps in releasing toxins from the blood stream, by massaging the organs helps them reclaim their original tonus and vitality, helps with menstruation problems, back pain, headache, improves mobility, flexibility, breathing, digestion and circulation. Working on a deeper level Thai Yoga Massage can help a lot in emotional and mental release and bring a sense of inner worth, self love and peace. It is very helpful in releasing stress, anxiety, insomnia and other stressful ailments. It is very common that after a session one feels fully revitalized, energized an full of joyful lust for life.
How Does It Look Like?
A session of Thai Yoga Massage begins with a short introduction about the massage itself and the sharing of the general health conditions of the client at this very moment. Dressed in light and stretchy clothes the client lies down comfortably on a mat or futon on the floor. A session usually lasts between an 1,5 and 2 hours and if necessary, longer.
While the client lies comfortably fully relaxed, the therapist uses his palms, fingers, elbows, knees and feet using his body weight and applying rhythmical pressure on the body. The movements can vary from more dynamic, gentle rocking, pulsing and clapping to very still, hands on work. Through using different techniques of acupressure, thumbing, twisting and yogic stretches, the Thai Yoga Massage creates a rhythmical, almost meditative flow of movement and when seen from outside resembles a graceful dance.