Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is a deeply therapeutic, luxurious form of bodywork that brings together the asanas from Hatha Yoga, aspects of Ayurvedic medicine, Chinese Acu-point theory, and Bhuddhist spiritual serenity. It is a dynamic spiritual practice and an ancient healing art, much like a gentle form of the martial arts. Thai Massage acts as a meditation for both giver and receiver – with the rhythm, beauty, and softness of Thai culture.
Not an Oil Massage
I use very little oil during my treatment. I mostly use a Thai oil or salve on neck and arm if I feel there is tension there and I use a specific oil on the abdomen. The Thai Massage Therapist uses a floor mat and the client wears comfortable attire. At a slow rhythmic pace, the body is compressed, stretched and rocked in order to relieve pain and stress, improve flexibility, increase circulation, and adjust the skeletal structure. An outstanding quality of Thai Massage is the constant rocking motion involved that becomes hypnotic to both client and practitioner.
The most basic aspect of Thai Massage is to stimulate the energy channels called “Sen lines” in order to clear blockages so that the life force can flow freely.
How Long Does a Thai Massage Treatment Last?
A customized session typically lasts 1½ to 2 hours. The Thai Massage Therapist uses her hands, forearms, elbows, knees, heels and feet alternately to guide the recipient into various postures while remaining focused on ergonomics, breath, and her center. This combination of movements and focused awareness creates a flowing, dancing meditation.
Also Beneficial for the Thai Massage Therapist
The giver also benefits greatly while offering a session being that it allows her to stretch and strengthen her own body and enter into a state of awareness and Samadhi (concentration). These are essentially the tools used in Vipassana meditation.
Thai massage is recognized as being a practical application of Therevada Buddhism with Four Divine States of Mind: compassion, loving kindness, vicarious joy and equanimity.
The treatment draws upon a Buddhist mantra recited in the original Pali language that allows the therapist to summon great intention for the health of the client.
Thai Bodywork is unmatched in its ability to relax and repair at the same time.