What is Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai yoga massage is one of the many names used when referring to this traditional healing art. More commonly and well known by name as Thai massage, this ancient treatment has many benefits and is given over longer periods of time to incorporate the unique style and healing system used.
At the heart of Thai massage lies the energy system of Sen Lines. These Sen Lines, which hold many health indications, are constantly engaged to help balance the body’s energy and return to a natural equilibrium.
Various yoga based postures and gentle stretching is applied to help re-align the body, increase flexibility, aid good posture and alleviate pain or discomfort.
Stress and tension is relieved through deep pressure which is applied to the muscles and nerves by the practitioner’s hands, feet, knees and elbows. Along the Sen Lines lie many important pressure points (Marmas) which are engaged through acupressure. Thai massage is given in a rhythmical manner with each movement gently flowing into the next creating a deep state of relaxation, allowing our body and mind to become calm and peaceful.
What happens during a Thai yoga massage?
Treatment is carried out on a comfortable padded floor mat and is given through clothing. Traditionally no oils are used. During the massage the practitioner will warm the muscles and joints and apply gentle stretches – some of which are based on yoga postures. All of the stretches are applied accordingly to your range of movement and flexibility – never will your body be forced into a stretch or posture which is unsuitable, uncomfortable or uneasy to achieve! The stretches are very relaxing and no effort is needed from you – all the work is done by the practitioner.
The practitioners hands, feet, knees and elbows are used to apply deep pressure to muscles and nerves which help release any stress or tension. Acupressure points are engaged to enhance wellbeing and help with certain ailments. Pressure points can be slightly tender and are often referred to as a ‘good pain’. A face and head massage closes the treatment which induces an even deeper state of relaxation allowing the body to completely let go of any tension and clears our mind, becoming calm and still.
Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage
- Back, neck & shoulder pain
- Sciatica & nerve disorders
- Headaches & migraines
- Improves flexibility and mobility
- Improves body posture & alignment
- Circulatory disorders
- Stress & tension