Developed more than 2,000 years ago in Thailand, Thai Bodywork remains a popular technique that incorporates aspects of passive, assisted yoga, acupressure, energy balancing, joint mobilization, rocking and rhythmic motion, and massage. Considered one of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine, Thai massage continues to be a mainstay in Thai medicine, while quickly gaining a new audience in the Western world.
Thai bodywork is performed on a soft floor mat, with clients fully clothed in loose, comfortable attire suitable for the deep stretching that will be part of the session. Pillows and bolsters may be used for better client support. Practitioners may use their hands, feet, knees, elbows, and legs to facilitate the process. No oil is used during these sessions.
The benefits of Thai bodywork largely mimic those of traditional massage:
• Deep relaxation and quieting of the mind.
• Heightened energy levels.
• Improved body-mind connection.
• Improved circulation and lymphatic flow.
• Improved range of motion.
• Increased flexibility.
• Rejuvenated body and mind.
• Relief for pain and muscle tension.
What sets Thai Yoga Bodywork apart from other forms of massage/bodywork is it’s multi dimensionality. Thai Yoga Bodywork not only utilizes traditional massage techniques, but it incorporates it in with deep, yet mindful, passive, stretching which relieves the muscles, ligaments and joints of pain and tension on a whole new level, and just feels good! Clients commonly comment on how wonderful it feels to be stretched! Another aspect of Thai Yoga Bodywork that makes it unique is the energetic component. Thai Yoga Bodywork is based on an energetic paradigm of the human body and mind. In this tradition, energy is thought to travel on pathways, called sen, throughout the body. Through the movement and massage components, the goal in Thai bodywork is to ensure energy is flowing freely along these pathways as a means for wellness.