Thai Yoga Massage is a unique, traditional healing art that combines massage, acupressure and assisted yoga poses. The person receiving a Thai Yoga Massage remains passive and relaxed, while the practitioner applies rhythmic pressure and gently rocks, twists, and stretches the body into hatha yoga postures. The practice is based on ancient Indian and Chinese medicine philosophies that speak of subtle energy lines within the body (as in chakras or acupuncture meridians) which must remain unblocked in order to maintain holistic wellness. Thai Yoga Massage is designed to release blocks in the flow of this vital lifeforce energy, and is therefore traditionally considered a spiritual as well as therapeutic practice.
What to expect
Thai Yoga Massage is traditionally received from a trained practitioner, but it may also be taught and practiced as a partner exercise. Though it uses yoga-like poses, it requires no effort on behalf of the receiver, and is therefore more a form of bodywork than of exercise. Like other forms of massage, Thai Yoga Massage can be customized for the needs of the individual, and generally feels very nurturing and therapeutic.
Thai Yoga Massage is a 2,500 year old practice that began in India and migrated to Thailand. Originally practiced in Buddhist temples, it was considered a spiritual healing art and a form of moving meditation, beneficial to both the receiver and the giver.