Thai Massage

Thai massage is a unique modality, also known as Nuad Bo-Rarn, Thai Yoga Bodywork, Thai Yoga Massage or Lazy Man’s Yoga, this centuries old practice has its roots in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Thai folk healing. Thai Massage occurs on a comfortable floor mat or on a massage table for those who are unable to use the floor mat. The practitioner uses hands, thumbs, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to stimulate meridians and pressure points throughout the body in a meditative, flowing rhythm. The recipient is also guided into passive yoga postures linking breath with movement to stretch muscles, compress and decompress joints and increase range of motion. Whether or not you are a yoga practitioner, Thai Yoga Massage will leave you feeling deeply refreshed and relaxed. And the benefits are long lasting.

History of Thai Massage

Thai massage, also known as Nuad Bo-Rarn, Thai Yoga Massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork or Lazy man's yoga. Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine.

For centuries, Thai massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine. While the recorded history of Thai massage was lost during the war with Burmese in 1767, the surviving records are now inscribed in stone and can be found within the temple of Pra Chetuphon in Bangkok, known as Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha. Its spiritual aspect also remains as teachers of the therapy begin classes with the practice of waikru, a series of prayers and recitations dedicated to Shivago Komarpaj, the father of Thai massage and the Goddess of Healing, and teachers of the tradition through the centuries.

What is Thai Massage ?

 Thai massage looks like a cross between acupressure, yoga, and Zen shiatsu and is inspired by Buddhist teachings. The actual massage consists of slow, rhythmic compressions and stretches along the body's energy lines, also called sen in Thai. Over 70,000 sen are said to exist within the body which power all physical, mental and emotional processes. If there is an energy imbalance, the body's harmony is disrupted, causing pain and disease. Massaging along these key energy lines can break energy blockage, stimulate the circulation and restore general well-being. 

Thai massage concentrates on applying pressure along 10 of the most important sen. In doing this, it incorporates acupressure work with a series of assisted yoga-like stretches, in which the practitioner uses his or her hands, arms, legs, and feet to give the massage.

The emphasis is on the practitioner using his or her body weight as much as possible while ensuring that the receiver remains relaxed throughout the entire treatment. 

 A Thai massage is typically performed on a floor mat enabling practitioners to use their body weight and to incorporate the many movements that would not be possible with a massage table. Normally, the client remains fully clothed, and lubricant for the skin is rarely used. A Thai massage usually lasts one to two hours, but may be three hours or more if needed.

Thai massage includes the following four basic positions:

• from the front with the client lying supine

• from the side with the client alternately lying on either side

• from the back with the client lying prone

• in a sitting position

One of the most important principles of Thai massage is the continuous flow of sequential movements that prepares the client for the next step in the massage. The practitioner is always aware of his position so that an uninterrupted slow rhythm is maintained. Deep, sustained pressure ensures that the Myofascia, or the muscle's connective tissue, soften and relax in order to release the flow of energy along the sen, and to prepare the client for the large-scale stretches that follow.