What is a Thai Massage?
A dynamic massage performed on a mat wearing comfortable flexible clothing. You relax and the practitioner does the work using a variety of techniques (such as rhythmic acupressure and assisted yoga postures) to guide your body into a relaxed and renewed state. No experience necessary! It is like taking a basic yoga and meditation class at the same time without actually doing the work and yet feeling all of the benefits. A Thai massage meets you and your body where you are and works to take you into a calm physical and mental state while improving your energy. It can also be a very spiritual practice to heal your body, mind and spirit and balance your energy.
How is a Thai Massage different than a regular massage?
The intent is to share more on the philosophy of Thai massage and let the reader distinguish the differences based on their personal experience of a regular massage. Notably regular massage is based on anatomy performed in a static state, meanwhile, Thai massage is grounded in eastern philosophy beliefs including Prana, Yoga and the embrace of four states of mind: loving kindness, compassion, joy, and balance. Prana is universal energy which flows in and around the body. It is considered vital life force, or ‘breath’, that is essential to our human existence. Prana exists all around us, in the food we eat, what we drink and the air we breathe.
Thai Massage is also known as Thai Yoga Massage. Yoga is about opening up the energy lines that flow through our bodies, ‘Kosha bodies’ to allow energy to flow through and around us. The Kosha bodies include our physical body; energy body (layer of life force just above our skin); mental body (where our thoughts and doubts are experienced); intellectual body (where our identity and sense of self exists); and bliss body (where we connect to metaphysical life forces).
Blockages or obstruction to the flow of energy results in an insufficient supply of Prana and can lead to physical, mental, and spiritual imbalances that can manifest in the form of discomforts, emotional imbalances and even disease. Thai massage focuses on a set of energy lines within our physical body, known as ‘sen’ lines. Through rhythmic acupressure massage and gentle stretching these energy lines are opened to allow the Prana to flow to, through and from the physical body and connection to our other Kosha bodies. The dynamic movement of a Thai massage works all layers, including fascia, deep muscles as well as joint articulations. The result can be a deep state of relaxation, groundedness, physical, emotional and spiritual healing and an overall improvement to your well-being.
The best way to find out more is to come and experience it yourself.