What is known in the West as Thai massage is different from regular table massage, but rather an ancient energy-based healing system that combines acupressure, reflexology, and assisted yoga postures. Treatment effects are enhanced when the patient is fully relaxed and breathing deeply. This traditional healing practice, called Nuad or Nuad Bo Rarn in the Thai language, stands in sharp contrast to western massage therapies.
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.
Nuad Boran (known in various forms as Thai Massage, Thai Yoga Therapy, and other terms) began to evolve in Thailand over 2,000 years ago. Based on healing principles similar to those utilized in other non-western healing therapies, the Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy in major pathways called sen. The major energy lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow and restore balance and harmony.
Identifying features of traditional Thai Yoga are integrated yoga postures which are performed on the recipient. Through assisted yoga, the body is stretched in ways that are difficult to attain through individual exercise and yoga practice. The result of a full-body Thai treatment is often an exciting and powerful mind/body healing experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to heightened states of physical and spiritual well-being.
For many, traditional Thai Yoga is also a spiritual discipline in that it incorporates the practices of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and deep level.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where is Thai Yoga Offered:
I offer in-home or office Thai sessions, where l bring the session to the location of your choice. All materials will be provided, including soft music if the client desires. It is recommended to have a decent amount of floor space in a clean and quiet room to ensure one’s optimal relaxation. If you do not have a space available, I can rent one for us!
What Do I Wear when Receiving Thai Yoga?
The client is fully clothed, in comfortable clothing that can stretch and move. Belts, jeans, jewelry, and perfume are not recommended. Women and men might choose to wear “Yoga” clothing, and men might choose to wear bike/compression shorts underneath loose-fitting shorts.
What Do I Need to Do?
Upon booking the first Thai session, you will be emailed a wellness intake form. In order to achieve ideal results, Narayani will review your intake form prior to the session. At the beginning of the first session, we will discuss your goals and needs, but after that we will remain quiet for optimal relaxation. Throughout the session, feel free to let me know if anything does not feel good, or if there is too much/not enough pressure. During the session, I will invite you to allow your body to completely soften and avoid trying to “help” me move you- this is helpful not only for your enjoyment, but also for ease of movement for me.
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