History of Thai Yoga Massage
Thai yoga massage is thought to have been founded over 2,500 years ago by an Indian doctor named Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, who was the private physician to the Buddha. As Buddhism spread throughout Asia, Jivaka's healing techniques traveled with it, ultimately reaching Thailand, where it flourished and evolved in the monasteries. The massage techniques helped the monks to clear tension from their bodies and minds, enabling them to engage in deeper meditative practice. Eventually the modality became popular among farming and fishing families of Thailand, as a way to release tension after a long day of physical labor. Today, it is gaining popularity throughout the world as people experience the many physical, emotional and energetic benefits of this healing art.
Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage
Increases flexibility, joint mobility and range of motion
Improves circulation of blood and lymph
Clears energy blockages
Promotes the release of deep and superficial tension
Reduces stress, and increases vital energy
Stimulates the internal organs
Facilitates deep and rhythmic breathing
What to Expect from Your Session
Thai yoga massage is performed on a cushioned mat on the floor. The client is clothed in loose fitting pants and a comfortable shirt. You may bring or wear your own clothing, or borrow a pair of Thai-style pants for your session. Thai yoga massage is a therapeutic form of bodywork which incorporates deep muscle pressure, assisted yoga-like stretches, acupressure, joint mobilization, warm herbal compresses and energy work. The therapist will use her hands, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to perform compression, assisted stretches, and energy line work. You may be asked to lie on your back, stomach, side or seated on the mat, depending on your individual needs.