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The Joy of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage

Women doing Thai massage on another woman

Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient form of energetic bodywork that has been practiced for over 2,500 years in East Asia.

Thai Yoga Massage is a unique form of interactive bodywork that blends yoga stretching, rhythmic compression along energy lines, acupressure points, breathing and meditation. Unlike conventional western-style table massage, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is practiced on a special heated futon on the floor. Since the client wears loose comfortable clothing, no oil or lotion is needed. Most stretches, however, can be easily adapted to the massage table and incorporated into other forms of bodywork.

During a session of Thai Yoga Massage, the client is taken into a variety of passive stretches that simultaneously relax and energize their body. Pin-and-stretch and range of motion movements are combined with other stretches to help improve mobility and reduce joint pain.

Clients may be worked on in four different positions: supine, side lying, prone and seated. This gives the client a rich experience for receiving a wide variety of stretches. Besides using fingers and hands, practitioners also incorporate the use of their elbows, forearms, knees and feet. This way, no one area of the practitioner’s body gets overused and fatigued.

One of the keys to practicing Thai Massage effectively knows how to properly use body weight, gravity, leverage, and good body mechanics. This helps the therapist minimize their effort while maximizing the benefits of a stretch. It also reduces the impact on the therapist’s body and helps prolong their career as a healer.

In Thai massage, the practitioner’s intent is to harmonize and clear energetic imbalances. After a session, it’s very common for clients to feel relaxed, grounded and calm while simultaneously feeling energized and alert.

The pace of a Thai Massage is slow, rhythmic, and steady, much like a heartbeat, drum beat, or the cadence of a slow song. This rhythm taps into the parasympathetic nervous system and creates a sense of calmness and inner peace. By creating and maintaining a consistent pace, both the client and practitioner can experience a deep meditative state.

Benefits of Thai Massage

Thai Massage is very effective for people suffering from muscular tension, sports injuries and motor vehicle accidents. Athletes and physically active individuals benefit from the muscular compressions, range-of-motion movements, and joint mobilization. Office workers and those who sit for long periods of time doing repetitive movements often experience energy, blood and lymph stagnation.

There are hundreds of different Thai Massage stretches that one can learn. A well-trained practitioner will be able to select the most appropriate stretches for their client, while taking into account their physical condition, age and body size. While most people can receive Thai Massage, everyone’s session will look a bit different.