Nothing is permenant in this wicked world, not even our troubles. -Charlie Chaplin
Thai Yoga Massage
Having roots in Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga, Buddhism and Chinese Acupressure, Thai Massage is a unique blend of bodywork. Dating back around 2,500 years, little is written about this intriguing modality, except for inscribed stone tablets kept in the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok and the oral tradition passed down from master to student. Naud Bo’Rarn is the traditional name meaning ancient massage. The Father Doctor Shivago, in legend a friend and contemporary to the Buddha, created it to clear the energies of the body to help maintain health, and to help the monks to stay in meditation for hours and days. It spread to Thailand with the expansion of Buddhism. The style of massage was influenced by the traditional Thai Medicine as well as the Chinese influence coming into Thailand. Until recently people in Thailand have had to go to temples to experience this healing art form. People began practicing in their homes to help family members and with the rise of tourism in Thailand, Thai Massage is now working its way into western culture.
Creating balance and harmony in the body, subtle body, emotional body and mind is the goal. Working with gentle rocking, rhythmic compression, acupressure and yogic like stretches, we open the muscles, joints and energy lines of the body. Our bodies are meant to move, when we are moving we are alive and when that movement stops we are dead. Stagnant energy in the body causes pain, discomfort and disease, moving energy helps maintain the systems of the body, brings vital blood and nutrients, and increases the feeling of wellbeing.
Working on a mat on the floor the practitioner moves the client in a fluid dance, using her whole body hands, feet, knees and elbows. It is done fully clothed and using little if any oil. Thai Massage is a meditation for client and practitioner, benefiting them both by stimulating the Parasympathetic Nervous System, the part of the Nervous System that induces relaxation, happy hormones like Serotonin, and also where the body does repair to tissue and elimination. We actually help the body to bring forth its own healing potential.
Anyone who has undergone a surgery, is pregnant, has blood pressure issues or has other health related issues should talk to their practitioner about what is going on so that they will receive a safe and relaxing experience. After receiving a Thai Massage one might want to take some time to assimilate and come back down before going on with their day. Over all when you are finished you will leave with a general sense of well being and connected in mind body and spirit.