A form of Yoga Massage has started to become popular in the United States.
Thai Yoga is an ancient yoga, started in Thailand, to help stretch and strengthen both the reciever of the massage and the giver. Older techniques have been lost to history, but the modern techniques are still very positive.
The theme through Thai Yoga Massage is “Meta” or “loving kindness.” Throughout the session, the stretches and energy will be influenced by “Meta,” where it feels nice to both Give and Recieve.
“What is Thai Yoga Massage meant to do?”
Other than showing “loving kindness,” which all humans have the chance to show, it has many physical and energetic positives:
- Opens the “Sen” Energy Channels in the body
- Passive-Active Stretching
- Enables a form of meditation
- Loosens tension in the muscles, joints, tendons, and ligaments
- Enables Deep Breathing
- Allows for a less aggressive Yoga session
Those who take Yoga, perform Eastern Deep Meditation, or have sessions with Acupucturists or Shaitsu practitioners also call these channels “Chi/ Ki lines” or “Meridians Channels.” The theory is that there are flowing energy lines throughout the body that link to organs. If one of these energy channels is blocked or is over flowing, the body isn’t balanced.
“What happens in a Thai Yoga session?”
Normally, a Thai Yoga Massage takes place on the floor, but many western Thai Yoga Practitioners have developed techniques for the traditional massage table.
Table Thai Yoga Massage brings Yoga and Massage together with a few simple techniques:
- Rocking: A form of massage that gives the energy in the body an external rhythm to follow.
- Compression: A light external press to stretch muscles and promote blood and (in this case) energy flow.
- Passive Yoga Postures: Thai yoga is meant to be a Passive Yoga, which means the practitioner controls the client’s body with smooth, slow movements. Thai Yoga includes having trust with the practitioner because of this.
A practitioner may climb up on the table with the client to help with some of the techniques.
Note: Check your state laws. Some practitioners will be unable to climb up onto the table and do a full Thai Yoga session because of state regulations for Massage Therapists. New York State does allow this.
Note: If you ever feel unsafe or there is pain involved in the session, tell the practitioner. They’ll slowly bring you out of the current stretch as to not cause injury.
Table Thai Yoga Massage should be done by a professional. Your practitioner may choose not to go ahead with the session or may have to modify it due to:
- Severe Injury Sites
- Skin Conditions
- Deep Varicose Veins
Personal Note: This was one of the first continuing edcuation techniques I took due to its less aggressive nature. I have used Thai Yoga Massage as an accompaniment with my normal sessions. If you want a full session, please call the office.