nown in Thailand as “nuad boran,” Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient, dynamic bodywork therapy based on yoga and Ayurveda, born in the temples of Thailand over 2500 years ago.
Thai Yoga Massage is a unique healing system in which the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy lines and pressure points, called “sen,” producing a full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and brings balance to the body’s energy levels.
Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mat on the floor, and both the client and therapist dress in loose, comfortable clothing, permitting ease of movement and flexibility – no creams or oils are used.
Massage & Yoga Postures
While guiding the client through postures, the therapist knuckles, feet, hands, thumbs and fingers into sen lines or points while assisting the participant in stretches. The yoga-like stretches and postures stimulate and move energy, and refresh circulation through the body using rhythmic motion which is connected to the client’s breathing.
Meditation is a key aspect of Thai Yoga Massage, helping recipients to clear their thoughts and free themselves of mental stresses and negative emotions.
Ayurveda translates to “knowledge for life” or science of life, and is a 5000 year old Hindu holistic system of traditional medicine native to India, but now practiced and popular around the world. Ayurveda views people as unique individuals comprised of five primary elements: ether (space), air, fire, water, and earth; while we are viewed as a composite of these five primary elements, certain elements are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions:
Ether and air combine to form the Vata dosha, associated with impluses, circulation, respiration, and elimination. Fire and water combine to form the Pitta dosha, responsible for metabolism in the organ in tissues, as well as at the cellular level. Water and earth combine to form the protective Kapha dosha; for example cerebrospinal fluid protects the brain and spinal column and is a type of Kapha found in the body, as is the mucousal lining ofthe stomach.
Ayurvedic practices and Thai Yoga Massage aim to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle to restore the balance and harmony of the individual, resulting in self-healing, good health and longevity. According to Ayurvedic principles, each individual is made up of unique proportions of Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and treatment protocols are designed to specifically address a person’s unique health challenges and address a dosha that is out of balance.
Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage include:
- Reduce muscular tension
- Improved flexibility
- Boosted immune system
- Improved circulation
- Release of mental and emotional stress
We’re thrilled to announce that Thai Yoga Massage will be available at Viva Health Centre beginning late October 2012! Neil is very excited about his upcoming training at Lotus Palm School of Thai Yoga Massage in Montreal next month.