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Thai Yoga massage

“When any person is sick at Siam he begins with causing his whole body to be moulded by one who is skilful herein, who gets upon the body of the sick person and tramples him under his feet”. Simon de la Loubere, French liaison to the Thai Royal Court in Ayutthia, 1690.


Traditional Thai Yoga Massage also known as ‘Thai massage’, ‘Nuad Boran’, and ‘Ancient Thai massage’ to name but a few, is an ancient healing art practiced in the temples of Thailand and preserved through the oral tradition, since the 3rd century BC, which makes it one of the oldest forms of massage in the world.  It is a unique form of bodywork combining acupressure massage, breathing techniques and the beautiful stretches of yoga. It is a very comprehensive and rejuvenating form of bodywork, which can be extremely relaxing and highly energising. In a nutshell it is lazy person’s yoga!

Ultimately, this massage aims to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health and to restore balance, where imbalances exist by stimulating the body’s natural ability to heal itself. Thai Yoga massage works on what is called the ‘energy body’ (pranamaya kosha) which is closest to the ‘physical body’. There are thought to be 72,000 energy lines within the body but in Thai Yoga massage we work on the ten major lines known as Sip Sen. The practitioner uses their hands, feet, forearms, elbows, and knees to apply pressure along these energy channels. The receiver is pressed, rocked and stretched in order to release blockages and stimulate the free flow of energy. This in turn restores balance physically, emotionally, mentally and spiritually leading to health, centeredness and an overall sense of well-being.  The massage is always a full body massage and typically lasts between 1.5 – 3 hours. It takes place on a comfortable mat on the ground which promotes a feeling of safety and returning to earth. There is a wonderful rhythm and flow to the treatment like the tide and as the massage unfolds there is an unmistakable feeling of renewal and relaxation as well as a deep meditative quality.

Traditional Thai Yoga massage is highly beneficial for everybody – the ‘receiver’ can be of any age, gender, be regular yogi’s or total novices, sports people, pregnant women, those with various physical conditions or emotional states and also the generally healthy – the list goes on. Clients responses can vary dramatically to the treatment from feeling energized enough to run a marathon to extreme fatigue but also many varied reactions in between. These are all temporary and part of the process to restoring the energy balance of the body and which lasts between 1 – 3 days.