The purpose of Thai Yoga Massage is to bring the body, mind, and spirit into a state of balance and harmony, providing an opportunity for self-healing.
The true practice of the Art of Healing in Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is the compassionate intent of the healer. Meditation is a crucial aspect of the masseur to help him to tune into body of the receiver. The Buddhist spiritual practices associated with Thai Massage cultivate humility, awareness, and concentration in the healer designed to bring the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness of himself and the client. This compassionate state of being is termed “Metta”, which usually translates as “loving kindness”.
Thai Yoga Massage combines gentle, yoga-like stretching with acupressure on the energy lines. While there are hundreds of energy lines in the body, this style of massage focuses on the ten main energy lines. The massage treatment is carried out on a mat as opposed to a table, which allows the practitioner to get the body leverage necessary for the stretches and postures characteristically used in Thai Massage. Depending on the needs of the client, Thai Yoga Massage techniques may also employ the elbows, knees and feet in addition to the hands.
Many health benefits have been associated with Thai Yoga Massage, including:
- Reduced stress and muscle tension
- Relief from aches and pains
- Improved circulation
- Unblocking and balancing of energy flow
- Detoxification of the internal organs
- Improved alignment
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- A general increase in energy
- state of deep relaxation
- Feeling positive and blissful