Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Yoga Massage is a powerful healing art that has been an integral part of traditional Thai medicine for thousands of years. In a unique way, it blends elements of acupressure, Yoga, reflexology, physiotherapy, meditation, energy healing, chiropractic and Ayurveda. Thai Yoga Massage is a truly wonderful experience as energy blockages are released, boundaries dissolve and deep healing occurs in a space of presence and meditation.
The benefits of Thai Yoga Massage are countless. By freeing the flow of vital energy in the body, Thai Massage can improve posture, breathing, flexibility, digestion and circulation. Muscles are stretched, inner organs toned and emotional and nervous tension is reduced. Often a deep sense of peace can be experienced during and after a treatment. Although the main emphasis in the practice of Thai Yoga Massage is usually on health prevention, it can also be of great therapeutic benefit for a range of specific problems and conditions, such as headaches, back pain, digestive disorders, shoulder and neck tension, joint pain, menstruation problems, insomnia and other stress related conditions.
Thai Yoga Massage is done on a firm futon or mat on the floor with the patient dressed in light comfortable clothes. Typically a session lasts between 1 1⁄2 to 2 hours. The practitioner uses his or her thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply a combination of acupressure, gentle rocking and twisting, joint and spine mobilizations and assisted yoga stretches. With the therapist using bodyweight instead of strength and a steady and meditative rhythm, Thai Yoga Massage looks and feels like a graceful dance between giver and receiver.
Thank you to Ralf Marzen, my teacher and mentor, for letting me use his words above… because he always has the right words. Discover his inspiring work at Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage.