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One of the first things people ask me when I tell them I specialize in Thai Yoga Massage is “What is that?” So, let’s start there…
…Imagine being relaxed, centered and fully-clothed on a mat, as if you were beginning a yoga practice, but rather than moving yourself into postures, someone else does it for you! And gives you an energizing, alleviating, full-body massage at the same time!
This is Thai Yoga Massage, sometimes called “lazy person’s yoga” or “like having yoga done to you.” Based in the ancient practices of Traditional Thai Medicine, this form of massage is a vital part of preventive health care in Thailand today. Recipients experience the luxury of letting go and being nurtured and supported as the practitioner gently guides their body through a series of fluid movements, applying rhythmic compression and acupressure where needed. Unlike other types of massage, muscles are worked through the clothes and without oils; the body is treated as a whole – safely and slowly pulled, stretched and rocked. The combination of passive movement and assisted stretching opens the joints, releases connective tissues and increases circulation, leaving recipients moving more easily and feeling calm and invigorated. Thai Yoga Massage helps alleviate daily aches and pains, increases the body’s range of motion and the expansiveness of the mind, and enhances overall well-being.
Like any truly holistic practice, Thai Yoga Massage is therapeutic for practitioners, as well. As you listen intently to your partner’s body and needs, you move and stretch your own body in counterbalance, entering a dance of ease and flow, usually to the rhythm of the breath. The techniques and sequences of Thai Yoga Massage are easy to learn and easy to perform on others. A three-hour instructional workshop gives you all the tools you need to give an effective 45-minute session.
Thai Yoga Massage is of special benefit to yoga practitioners. Being moved through postures you’re familiar with, while you’re in a state of surrender and are making no effort, teaches resistanceless-ness and ease of movement to the body and the mind. In yoga practice, the memory of this experience combats overworking in postures and over-engaging the muscles and mind. Receiving Thai Yoga Massage allows yogis to access more internal spaciousness and activate in more efficient and relaxed ways as they practice.
Want to learn more? Check out my blog for tutorials and discussion, for review of the postures I teach most often, short and sweet video instruction on my Youtube channel or check my schedule to learn live and in person! The Thai Resources link on this page gives you all this plus a list of my favorite Thai Yoga Massage books.
Want to book a workshop for your studio or school? Please contact me and we will set it up!