What is Thai Yoga Massage?

The most desired massage in Hollywood – the rich and famous are all raving about Thai yoga massage. But what exactly is it?

Here, Mario Constantine, Thai yoga massage therapist and teacher trainer, fills us in on the strokes …

what-is-thai-yoga_massage

Where did it come from?

Traditional Thai yoga massage has been practised for hundreds of years in Thailand. However, the earliest roots of the techniques of the massage are actually from India.

Buddhist monks are said to have brought much of the teachings of Thai yoga massage, along with Buddhism, as far back as 300BC.

The art and medical knowledge of Thai yoga massage was traditionally passed down from teacher to pupil, and many of the medical scriptures that did exist were destroyed by various invaders of Thailand.

thai yoga massage description

A few remnants do exist and some are carved on the walls of Thai temples. In more recent times Thai yoga massage has seen a resurgence in Thailand.

Due to western medicine being more orthodox and widespread, it has meant that genuine forms of Thai yoga massage and healing were almost lost.

What exactly is it?

The understanding of Thai yoga massage is based on the principle that the body has energetic pathways which carry a life force. In yoga philosophy this is called "prana", and these pathways make up an energy system.

This system is made up of invisible energy lines of which it is understood are 72,000 lines. Any blockages that occur within the energy system that restricts the flow the prana can lead to many common ailments and disease on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.

Why is it different from other massage techniques?

Thai yoga massage is a unique massage therapy, combining acupressure, gentle stretching and applied yoga.

It focuses specifically on ten important lines called the "ten sen." and a complete Thai massage treatment will incorporate all of these lines.

A practitioner working on these ten main energy pathways will provide a practical treatment sufficient for the whole body and its internal organs.

The therapist will apply pressure to points along these lines in combination with yoga-based stretches to stimulate the prana to release blocked energy and help restore health and vitality.

How is it performed?

The application of a Thai yoga massage is given through loose comfortable clothing and is applied with the recipient lying on a mat on the floor.

There are many stretches and techniques and due to the variety of stretching it can be described as applied yoga.

It is not necessary for the receiver to be extremely flexible to receive a treatment as some may believe, as each session is adapted for any individual and is beneficial for people of all ages and flexibility.

thai yoga therapy

What are the benefits?

Thai yoga massage has numerous benefits and many people may feel energised quickly from the release of new energy in the body, and on other occasions people can feel tired after receiving a treatment as old energy passes through the body, but ultimately feeling rebalanced.

Thai yoga massage can help provide flexibility in the joints, improve blood circulation, better overall alignment of the body and posture and also aid optimal functioning of the internal organs.

Generally, Thai yoga massage usually leaves the receiver with an overall feeling of relaxation and when prana flows freely,  wellbeing is greatly improved.

Loving Kindness

Historically, Thai yoga massage was given in a temple and was seen as an extension of Buddhist meditation practice. The spiritual nature is an important aspect of Thai yoga massage.

A healing which is given in a meditative state with care and awareness is a wonderful experience to receive.

Also a practitioner will practise a "loving kindness" meditation during a massage, and one description of Thai yoga massage that it is said to be "the physical application of loving kindness".


Related Video
Social-Share
About the author

Mario Constantine

Mario Constantine has spent many years studying and practising various forms of bodywork and human sciences and is an experienced practitioner. He trained with Asokanada, a pioneer of Thai yoga massage and author of the first book on the subject ever written in a foreign language. He qualified with The School of Thai Yoga Massage. Mario is a fully-registered member of The Federation of Holistic Therapists, The International Institute of Sports Therapy, The International Society of Thai Massage,The Traditional Thai Yoga Massage Association (TTYMA), and The International Guild of Professional Practitioners. Mario is committed to assisting others in promoting and maintaining all aspects of health. He practices in London and on retreats. His interests amongst many include, being in nature, meditation, travel and photography. t: +44 7970 479 107 kailashcentre.org

– Write For Ageproof Living –

More details ...

If you're a wellness expert and would like to spread your message to a larger audience
– please click "more details" to find out how.