Thai Yoga Therapy
Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy is an interactive form of massage in which the practitioner works with the recipient –blending compassionate, therapeutic acupressure and deep yoga stretches in a meditative flow– to create a state of true yogic bliss. It is often described as "yoga for the lazy" because in a 60 or 90 minute session the client will experience the same kind of joint and muscular flexibility and elasticity similar to a yoga class.
The healing art of Thai Yoga Therapy is an ancient and sacred system of healing. It has roots in yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Buddhist spiritual practice. It is a unique and powerful system of yoga therapy, which combines rhythmic massage, acupressure, palming and thumbing along energy lines, and gentle stretching. Like yoga postures, it works deeply on the skeletal, muscular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. Unlike the acupuncture points of Chinese Medicine, Thai massage has its own pressure points or energetic lines called Sen Lines. Thai yoga stimulates and balances the flow of healing energy within the body, opens the areas which are blocked, and increases balance and harmony for health, happiness and overall wellbeing.
We feel that Thai Yoga Therapy has a perfect harmony bringing together the qualities and characteristics of different Eastern disciplines, such as yoga, Ayurvedic medicine, acupressure and meditation. This therapy is based on energetic principles and a holistic conception of the human being, its main objective is to restore the circulation of vital energy to achieve a physical and energetic balance.
Benefits of Thai session:
- Increased flexibility
- Release of stored tension and emotions in the body
- Pain relief
- Increased energy and concentration
- Improved blood and lymph circulation
- Boost the immune system
- Opening or loosening of the joints
- Lengthening and stretching of tight or sore muscles
- Deep relaxation and improved mental state
- Improve resistance to injury
- Improve range of motion
- Help to release lactic acid and other toxins
- Provide relief from stress and anxiety-related conditions such as fatigue, headaches, and insomnia
Preparation for a session:
- Wear comfortable clothes! Our bodywork can be done FULLY clothed or semi clothed in order to fully access critical acupressure points and facilitate deeper stretching. Yoga clothes or an oversized tee and pajama pants do just nicely. We will work on either a massage table or a comfortable futon on the floor depending on your needs.
- As you would for a yoga class, avoid eating at least two hours before a session if possible.
- Avoid using heavy moisturizers and oils before your session.
- Prepare to let go. Often the hardest part in receiving bodywork is relaxing into someone else’s energy. Try to relax and focus on slowing down your breath.