Traditional Thai Massage

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Thai Yoga Massage is a unique form of holistic body therapy that incorporates Hatha Yoga postures and acupressure to gently stretch the muscles and open the joints.

Originating over 2,500 years ago, Traditional Thai Massage is one of the world’s most ancient healing modalities. With its roots in India and Ayurvedic medicine, it made its way in the early years of development to Southeast Asia. For centuries, it was performed by Buddhist monks in their temples (called ‘Wats’), as one of four Elemis of indigenous Thai medicine.

This form of body work is a safe, holistic treatment that harmonizes the body, increases energy, relieves stress and promotes a peaceful mind. It can also radically alter the perception of the self.

It is very different from Western Massage. Not only are the hands used to free tension from the body, but Thai Yoga Massage practitioners also use elbows, forearms and feet for interactive manipulation. Often referred to as the “lazy man’s yoga”, the practitioner gently moves the recipient through passive yogic stretches, range of motion work and rhythmic rocking. These are interspersed with pressure along the body’s “Sen” energy lines to relax muscles and enhance the flow of internal energy.

The History of Thai Massage – the true originals of Thai Massage are buried in the past

Tradition tells us that it was given to the world by a physician in India, Shivago Kormarpaj, who was a contemporary of the Buddha. He is mentioned in texts of the second millennia B.C. The texts were written in the Pali language and were considered sacred and were kept with the sacred Buddhist texts. Monks were the practitioners of this medicine and the temples or Wats, were its home.

In 1832 King Rama III had the best of any surviving texts collected and inscribed in stone. These stone plaques were set into the walls of the Phra Chataphon Temple, known today as the Wat Pho in Bangkok, where they still can be seen today.

It appears that the origin of Thai Massage has its roots in the ancient medicine of Indian Ayurvedic practice. The influence of Yoga is also apparent from the positions and stretching movements.

Thai Massage is not based on the Western system of anatomy. Dissection was forbidden until the introduction of Western medicine, so references to body structures were based on external observations.

In our modern times, Thai Massage is used not only to support and maintain wellness and a fully functioning life, but also to treat and assist in the reversal of degenerative conditions.

Why Thai Massage?

For transformation, for health and for healing – how is Thai Massage different?

  • Gives maximum benefits from using weight, leverage and balance
  • The client is fully clothed and no oils are used
  • Gentle pressure and compression are used to stimulate internal organs, relax tense muscles, and calm the nervous system
  • Passive stretches adjusts the skeletal structure, increases flexibility and restores movement
  • Often compared to a dance, it uses rocking motions in which the bodies of both practitioner and client merge in continuous movement
  • Ideal for those seeking deep relaxation, release from stress and enhanced flexibility, as well as those seeking to increase their level of health, well-being and vitality
  • Thai Massage calms the mind and its therapeutic effects are appropriate for both young and the elderly
  • Thai Massage recognizes the unity of the whole being. Treatment is comprehensive and maximizes the body’s potential
  • Thai Massage is an ancient art with origins extending over 2,500 years in history, yet it addresses the ills of present day society.

Is Traditional Thai Massage covered by my insurance provider?

Please note that each insurance policy is different and cover different services, this service may not be covered under you plan, so please check before booking, as I cannot direct bill for this service.

Do I need to bring anything to my session?

The treatment addresses your entire body. Please wear loose-fitting clothes so that I can easily move all your joints in a wide range of angles and positions.

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Taken from Banyan Thai Massage School