Yoga

Thai Yoga Therapy

Thai yoga is a traditional Thai health system which combines postures, massage, acupressure, yogic stretching exercises, meditation, gentle twisting, rhythmic rocking and energy work. Thai yoga is also known as Nuad Borarn.

The founder of Thai yoga is Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, A 5th Century B.C Indian ayurvedic doctor. He combined Indian yoga, ayurvedic medicine, Buddhist spiritual practices and Chinese medicine to form the basis of Thai yoga.

Buddhist monks and ayurvedic doctors traveled to Thailand and started practicing the teachings of Bhaccha in Buddhist temples. Over a period of time, these practices evolved into what is now known as Thai yoga.

Basis of Thai yoga

The basis of Thai yoga is that the human body is basically made up of energy. Some forms of the energy are tiny while others are huge.

There are many lines of energy in the body. Good health means that all these lines of energy are in balance, enabling all systems in the body to function in harmony. Imbalance in the flow of energy is what causes diseases.

Thai yoga aims at balancing the flow of energies in the body, bringing the body, mind and spirit into harmony, for health, happiness, inner peace and wellness of being.

Thai yoga massage

Thai yoga massage is a little different from the massages people in the western world are accustomed to. Thai yoga is done on the ground, on a mat, wearing full clothes. Creams and oils are not used.

The practitioner guides the massage recipient through a series of postures and stretching. Simultaneously, the practitioner massages the recipient with his hands and legs along the recipient’s energy lines.

A Thai massage session can take up to three hours. A session is carried out slowly, with choreographed movements, with the intention of relaxing the mind and body of the recipient.

Thai massage is customized according to the personality of the recipient. For example, an overly active person will get a slow, gentle massage to soothe his nerves.

Benefits of Thai massage

  • Releases stress and tension
  • Increases flexibility
  • Increases strength
  • Relieves muscle and join pains
  • Increases energy levels
  • Improves concentration
  • Loosens muscles
  • Gives a feeling of confidence and happiness
  • Detoxifies the body

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