Thai Yoga Massage

 

What is Thai Yoga Massage?

Thai Yoga Massage is not like any other massage you have had before.  It is fully clothed, no oil and carried out on the floor.  You are put in yoga like stretches to release tension in your muscles and free the flow of energy.  It can be very relaxing. The aim of the massage is not to work on the muscles, tendons and soft tissue but rather work with them and release the tension.



History

Thai Yoga massage as it roots in Buddhism and legend as it that the founder is a doctor from North India ‘Jivaka Kumarbhaccha’ also know as Dr.Shivago. He was the personal physician to the Magadha King Bimbisara over 2,500 years ago and physician to the Sangha a order of Buddhist monks and nuns. Legend has it he was born with a bag of acupuncture needles in his hand and was therefore destined to become a doctor.

Dr.Shivago lived a couple of hundred years before the first Buddhist travellers set foot in Thailand around the 2nd or 3rd Century.  The travellers were practicing in the Spirit of Dr.Shivago.  Because he was the father of Medicine in Buddhism anything medical was automatically associated with him.

For many centuries knowledge was passed down from teacher to student orally. Although medical scriptures written on palm leaves were found in the 17th century. In 1767 the old royal capital was invaded and most of the scriptures were destroyed.  In 1832 any fragments of scripts found were then craved in stone and placed on temple walls.

Two main styles of Thai massage developed in Thailand Northern Style at massage hospital of the ‘Foundation of Shivago Komarpaj’ in Chiang Mai and Southern Style taught at Wat Phi in Bangkok.



 

Treatment

You will be asked to wear long jogging bottoms or leggings and long sleeved t-shirt.  You will be asked to lie down on the floor on a futon mat.  

I like to start the massage lying face up and I will start on your feet.  This will set the tone of the massage and encourage you to relax and release tension in your body.  Depending what was discussed in your consultation I will take you through moves that will help your body. 

These will be yoga like stretches and also acupressure points following energy lines (SEN).  Nothing should be painful.  Breathing is involved and you will be asked to breathe out to extend the yoga stretch.  You do not have to be good at yoga to have a Thai massage. I end the massage with a shoulder, face and head massage to complete the treatment.

Your first session I recommend a 2 hours massage and then after that 90mins massages. The time will go very quickly.  During the treatment it is best if you do not talk so that you enter a meditative sate. If you feel uncomfortable with that not a problem we can talk during your treatment.

 

I trained with Kathryn Ellis Central school of Thai massage in Leamington Spa.  Click here for more information

http://www.thaimassagecourse.com/tutor/






 



Who would Thai massage appeal too?

Thai Yoga massage would appeal to everyone young, old, fit, unfit, supple and not so supple.

  • If you are an older person it can help you feel younger and more energised.
  • If people are not as flexible as they used to be it can relieve general stiffness and help with their flexibility.
  • If your joints are tight and stiff the Thai moves will benefit your range of movements and suppleness.
  • If you are in pain due to postural problems the Thai massage can restore balance between your major muscle groups helping with posture and alignment.

  • If your muscles are tight from sport, gardening, driving, sitting at a desk or just general overuse the Thai massage can relax and relieve tension in your muscles.
  • If you have chronic tension, back pain, headaches, knees, ankles, wrist, hips, shoulders and neck. The Thai massage can promote the flow of energy to help all these areas.
  • If you are stressed and in need to let go the Thai massage will help with that too.

  • Or if you just want a Thai massage because you already know of all the things it can help with and just need to check in with your Mind, Body and Spirit. Thai massage can do that too. 

Enjoy the Dance, Enjoy the Energy.