Thai yoga massage/therapy has been practiced for over 2500 yrs throughout Thailand. As the customary therapy from the monarchy (the royal protocol) to the hill tribes, this is how the Thai people take care of one another. Known as Nuad Boran or “healing with the hands” It is part of the Traditional Thai medicine system that is steeped in Ayurveda.
Much different than the western idea of “massage” Thai therapy, sometimes called “Thai massage” or “Thai yoga massage” is a combination of assisted, passive yoga positions, gentle rocking, deep stretching and rhythmic compressions. It is considered a very physical form of energy work as Thais have an understanding of energy anatomy that includes “Sen” lines and secondary chakras or “windgates.” Using compression on these lines and windgates encourages energy flow and most feel an abundance of energy after a session.
Some people may feel intimidated because of the dramatic looking stretches and assisted positions shown in photos. thinking this therapy is only for the flexible but nothing could be further from the truth. Every session is customized to the individual, however mobile. Benefiting those with mobility issues and pain management immensely. Although this powerful therapy can create lasting improvements it can be gentle and just as effective. So I encourage you to try a session, start where you are, how you are. Thai sessions are considered the practical expression of loving kindness, and we all need more of that, wherever you are in your health journey.