Thai massage, like Thai traditional medicine (TTM), is a combination of influences from Indian, Chinese, Southeast Asian cultural spheres and traditions of Ayurvedic medicine.
Traditional Thai massage is a very deep, full-body treatment, starting at the feet and progressing up to the head. The combination of energetic and physical aspects is what makes Thai Massage unique and so effective. Thai Yoga bodywork combines passive yoga stretches with massage techniques to relax the body and quiet the mind.
Each technique works to open the energy channels of the body to create balance and leave the receiver feeling calm yet invigorated. A Thai Bodywork session incorporates elements of acupressure, massage, meditation, assisted stretching, joint mobilizations, energy work and yoga postures with a basis in the science of Ayurveda
It is the combination of yoga stretching, calmness of meditation, and reflexology that makes it a healing art. Using a sequence of gentle, flowing exercise movements, the recipient’s body is moved, loosened and stretched. It is sometimes described as having yoga done to you. This unique type of massage influences the energetic side as well, restoring the flow of energy throughout the body with applied acupressure on the sen energy lines of the body, aimed at harmonizing and energizing.
The work is performed on the floor, lying on a futon mattress, with the client dressed in comfortable loose clothing. Thai message uses mainly point pressure and muscle stretching. And it is not just the therapist’s hands that are used to free tension stored in the recipient’s body, but the therapist uses their feet and elbows as well.
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:
improves range of motion
centers the mind and body