What is Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai Yoga Massage is a age-old technique that is being discovered by many people as an effective and comfortable way to get the necessary stretching that we all need. Sometimes called yoga massage, assisted yoga, total body stretch and assorted other names, Thai yoga massage uses passive-assisted stretching, where therapists assist recipients to move into their stretch. Thai yoga massage encourages recipients to reach their edge of flexibility, but doesn’t exceed the recipient’s comfort level. The work is purposely slow as the therapist guides clients through the stretching movements, while being aware of their physical limits. The combination of movements, stretches and acupressure during a Thai yoga massage session provides a relaxing yet invigorating session of energy work and tissue rejuvenation.
The stretching movements in Thai Yoga Massage affect the recipient’s entire body by improving flexibility, releasing both superficial and deep muscular tension, and deep relaxation with quieting of the mind.. The effect of the stretching is similar to yoga. This is sometimes referred to as passive yoga, or “lazy person’s yoga” since the client plays only a passive role. The result leaves the recipient feeling both relaxed and energized at the same time.
How is Thai Yoga Massage Performed?
Thai Yoga Massage is normally performed on a soft floor mat rather than a raised massage table. This allows for many movements and procedures that are not practical or effective in table work. It allows for the most effective use of the practitioner’s body weight rather than muscular force for the transmission of pressure, force, or energy, which creates a highly therapeutic effect. Pillows and bolsters may be used for better support. The client remains fully clothed except for the feet. Clothing should be light, comfortable and allow for flexible movement and deep stretching.
The work itself consists primarily of pressure on energy lines and points, and a large variety of stretching movements. Pressure is exerted with the therapist’s hand, feet, knees, elbows and legs to facilitate the process. The pressure and stretching movements are combined in a comprehensive strategy. No oil is used during these sessions.
Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage Includes
Total Body Stretch
The benefits of Thai Yoga Massage are similar to those of traditional massage:
Relief from pain and muscle tension
Complete stretch of full body to relieve muscle tightness
Improved range of motion
Deep relaxation and stress relief
Increased energy levels
Improved circulation and lymphatic flow
Increased athletic ability due to muscle stretching
Thai Yoga Massage is a wonderful addition to an all-around approach to good health, relaxation and mental relaxation. Perfect for athletes, desk-bound workers and people who could use a little stretching and movement in their daily activities.