Thai yoga massage is a unique form of massage therapy that combines the traditional medicine systems of India, China, Southeast Asia, and yoga. It is a living tradition that has been practiced for centuries and is known for its ability to increase flexibility, relieve muscle pain and tension, improve range of motion, reduce headaches, and increase energy levels. It can also be used to alleviate physical problems such as indigestion, headaches, and PMS, as well as emotional issues such as stress and fatigue. The purpose of Thai yoga massage is to harmonize the flow of Qi (also known as chi or ch-ee) through the body.
This is done through a combination of compression, acupressure, and passive stretching. These techniques increase the range of motion of the joints and muscles, which can also improve posture. Clinical research has shown that Thai massage may be more effective in relieving stress and increasing energy levels than simply resting. Western yoga practitioners are particularly attracted to Nuat Thai and have even called it “Lazy Man's Yoga”.
This is because it offers deeper and more restorative stretches than some assisted stretching techniques in sports massage. To open up the body's energy channels, a Thai yoga massage stimulates pain points and helps the body regenerate. A typical Thai massage session is conducted while the client is fully clothed and no oil is applied. As with any yoga asana, it is important to take normal and appropriate precautions and adjustments with pillows, reinforcements, or blocks to support you and keep you in a comfortable position while practicing your self-massage.
If you are looking to deepen your understanding of Thai yoga massage, consider enrolling in a 300-hour immersion training program for yoga teachers at Blue Osa. This month-long program will immerse you in yoga and provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to practice this ancient healing art.