Through the intense concentration required during a massage both giver and receiver can immerse themselves in a deep meditative state
ABOUT THAI YOGA MASSAGE
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is both preventive and therapeutic. It can help prevent illness, improve the immune system, increase energy and reduce stress. It can also be used to treat headaches, back pain, and stiffness in the shoulders and neck. It is a holistic treatment that restores vital energy and helps balance our mental and emotional wellbeing. It utilises acupressure and stretching - the acupressure is applied with fingers, hands, feet, elbows and knees along the energy lines of the body. The passive stretching increases the receiver’s flexibility - keeping the body supple and toned. The whole practice works on the mind as much as the body and can be a moving meditation for both the therapist and the receiver. The massage takes place on a mat and lasts between 1 - 2 hours. No oils are used and the receiver always remains fully clothed. There are a wide range of benefits from traditional Thai Yoga Massage which helps maintain optimum health. Regular treatment stimulates and strengthens the nervous, respiratory, circulatory, digestive and immune systems. It can also reduce stress, tension and insomnia while boosting energy levels and improving flexibility, posture, digestion, and self-esteem. Often a deep sense of calm and peace is experienced during and after a treatment.
The origins of Thai Yoga Massage
It’s an element of traditional Thai medicine that originated in India during the time of the Buddha. The positions and the stretches utilised resemble yoga postures and through the intense concentration required during a massage both giver and receiver can immerse themselves in a deep meditative state. It also incorporates acupuncture, an intrinsic part of traditional Chinese medicine. A holistic vision of each person is taken aiming to unite the mind, body and spirit. Thai massage was introduced by Buddhist monks who arrived from India between the second and third century BCE. The founder, known as Shivagakomarpaj, was reputedly the Buddha’s personal physician. Like the Buddha’s religious texts the knowledge of Thai massage was handed down over the centuries as an oral tradition and very few written documents have survived. Today Thai massage is still received in Buddhist temples and considered to be a sacred practice. It’s part of modern Thai medicine and is used as a complimentary therapy in hospitals along with western treatments.