Also known as Thai Yoga, this healing art involves stretching and deep massage. Thai massage was developed by Buddhist monks in Thailand as a healing modality 2500 years ago. It uses passive stretching and genture pressure along the body energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body's energy systems.
Thai massage is known as Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches.
Thai Massage helps to relieve tension within the body and can be effectively used for pain relief. It improves the function of the lymph glands and blood circulation, balances the nervous system and clears out blocked and stagnant energy. It is appropriate for a range of musculoskeletal problems including back, neck, shoulder, hip and leg pain.
The aim of Thai massage is to release toxins and waste materials from body and stimulate internal organs.
A typical Thai massage lasts one and a half to two hours and the client is advised to wear loose, comfortable clothing.
Thai massage is normally carried out in silence as, for the therapist, the giving of the massage is an important meditative and spiritual practice.
During the massage, the client, whilst being manipulated gently and respectfully, is given the opportunity to look within and focus on the healing experience.