THAI YOGA MASSAGE
Thai massage, compared to the standard Swedish-based tablework, is much more movement oriented. This typically leaves the receiver feeling opened and grounded. The rhythmic pulse of Thai massage is particularly nurturing and helps foster all of the non-physical elements of the session: connection, presence, compassion, trust. It is unusual to have someone other than ourselves move our bodies, especially our legs. This gives the Thai massage receiver an unique opportunity to surrender and relax in a complete way. In fact, the more the receiver allows the body to relax and be moved passively, the easier it is for the giver and the more bliss can transfer between both partners.
While Thai massage affects and is used to treat the entire body, it is particularly helpful for hip-centered sessions (including low back pain), combating a sedentary lifestyle/desk job, people uncomfortable with the undressing/partial undressing of table massage, and anyone simply needing some caring touch.
Receivers should dress in comfortable, yoga-esque clothing.
how it feels:
Thai Yoga Massage is practiced fully-clothed, with no oils or lotions, on a mat on the ground. It is a combination of assisted yoga stretches, compression/acupressure, traditional massage techniques, and sometimes structural techniques as well. Thai massage mostly resembles a dance, with the receiver being passively moved to the speed and rhythm of a slow inhale and exhale. For the giver, the entire body is used as a massage tool: hands, feet, forearms, knees, everything.
For more information on the history of Thai Yoga Massage, including its ties to Buddhism, Ayurveda, and Chinese Medicine, please click HERE.
what it looks like: