Thai Yoga Massage
This massage technique comes from Thailand. It is strongly influenced by Yoga through the stretching positions and movements performed during the massage. The terms Thai massage and Thai Yoga massage are hence synonyms. Traditionally, oils are not used and the massage takes place on the ground or on a mat.
Its origins can be traced back to India, like Yoga, and show a deep influence of Buddhism and its philosophy. The roots of this massage, that date back over a thousand years, even reveal the influence of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicines.
Its founder, an Indian medicine man and a contemporary of Buddha, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha (in Thailand, Dr Shivago Komarpaj) is mentioned in the ancient scriptures (Pali Canon) of Theravada Buddhism.
The Thai Yoga massage is not based on a western anatomy system. It is based on energy (prána) that is the foundation of all far-eastern healing techniques. In the human body, this energy flows through a network of channels or meridian lines (the respective terms are Sen in Thai or Nadi in Sanskrit). Health is the balance and the harmony of these energies. It is a state of vitality, strength and inner peace.
This technique combines massaging along energy lines, stretching, twists and meditation. As in the case with Yoga, Thai medicine recognizes 72,000 energy channels. The most important are Sen Sumana (Suschumna), Sen Ittha (Idá) and Sen Pingkala (Pingala). All the lines are important, but these lines have a more direct effect on our whole energy system and are directly connected to the most important Chakras (centers of energy).
The Thai massage is one of four branches of Thai medicine; the other three are healing with herbal remedies, special diets and spiritual practices along with meditation.
Deeply linked with Buddhism, Thai Yoga massage is a way of cultivating the four divine states of this philosophy: Metta (loving-kindness), Karuna (compassion), Mudita (contagious joy) and Uppekha (equitableness, impartiality, non-aggression). When applying it, we must be in a meditative state, flowing and dancing to our divine rhythm, deepening the connection with our body, mind and spirit.
The effects are the same as those felt in Yoga, with an increase in vital energy, a soothing of tensions, the release of interrupted energy flows, an increase in joint flexibility, muscle stretching, and relaxation. There is a sensation of inner peace and balance.
The Thai Yoga massage is also known as "Lazy Yoga" or passive Yoga because the results are very similar. It's worth a try!