Thai Massage / Thai Yoga Massage

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How can Thai Massage help you?

Thai Massage has many health benefits that can include:

  • Lowering Stress (including Reducing Cortisol)
  • Boosting Energy
  • Relieving Muscular Tension and Headaches
  • Stimulating Circulation
  • Improving Range of Motion
  • Lowering Blood Pressure
  • Decreasing Pain and Improving Body Function
  • Improving Sleep
  • Elevating Alertness (Stretch Yoga Asia)
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Thai Massage uses gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax the whole body. It is an ancient healing practice that originated in India. It dates back to approximately twenty-five hundred to seven thousand years ago. Unlike Swedish or Shiatsu massage techniques in which a person passively lies on a bed, a Thai Massage client lies on the floor and participates more actively in the massage. (Medical News Today)

Thai Yoga Massage (Nuad Bo-rarn) originated in Thailand in the second millennia BC. Thai Yoga Massage is a form of bodywork that combines dynamic assisted stretching influenced by Yoga, and physical pressure along energy lines influenced by Chinese acupuncture and Ayurveda.

Thai Yoga Massage is a combination of acupressure, asanas, stretching, palming, thumbing, and gentle twisting. Practitioners incorporate their palms, thumbs, forearms, knees, and feet during sessions for muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.

People often describe Thai Yoga Massage as both relaxing and energizing. Thai yoga massage usually begins with work on the feet as they are the lowest part of the body and ends with the face and head. By working the feet first, a person’s energy can be moved upward thus helping the circulation of energy.

Thai Yoga Massage is an Eastern form of therapy that has a deeply holistic approach and believes that in the human body, energies flow along a network of channels or lines similar to ‘nadis’ in India or ‘meridians’ in China. (Yoga Digest)

A therapeutic Thai Massage is administered by a Practitioner who has a sound understanding of anatomy and physiology, a deep appreciation for why the techniques are used, the order in which techniques are applied, and the ways in which those techniques are applied. (Navina Thai Yoga Therapy)

Thai Massage (Nuad Bo-rarn—Acient Thai Massage) is a unique form of body therapy incorporates Hatha Yoga and acupressure to stretch the muscles and open the joints. This safe, holistic treatment harmonizes the body, increases energy, relieves stress, and promotes a peaceful mind.

There are two main styles of Thai massage:

  • The Southern (Bangkok) style of Thai massage that focuses more on acupressure and a few Yoga like poses.
  • The Northern style, as taught at ITM, places more emphasis on Yoga-like stretching positions/interaction and reflects the gentleness of the Northern people and the slower pace of Northern Thai life style. The Northern style is also called, “Yoga for Lazy People”—instead of you having to do Yoga, they do it for you. (International Training Massage School—ITM, Chiang Mai, Thailand)

Thai Massage, which originated in India, has been around for over 2,500 years. Originally regarded as a healing art, Traditional Thai Massage includes influences from both Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Unlike typical Western-type massages, it doesn’t involve lying on a massage bed while a Massage Therapist applies oil to your body and kneads your muscles and pressure points. Instead, you lie fully clothed on a mat on the ground while a practitioner uses stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension, promote relaxation, and improve flexibility and circulation.

Sometimes referred to as assisted yoga, Thai massage is focused on improving the flow of energy throughout your body.

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