Various forms of yoga therapy and Ayurveda have been practiced as an integral part of Thailand’s indigenous culture for thousands of years and there are specific postures and therapy techniques in Thai Yoga Therapy that are geared specifically to the hands.
Thai Yoga therapeutic techniques for the hands, if performed in the proper way and on a regular basis, can help to maintain inner well being, balance energy, relax the entire body, strengthen the soft or connective tissues, elongate the soft tissues, restore and maintain the health of the arms and upper torso.
Thai Yoga Therapy for the hands focuses on the hands, fingers, wrists, arms and shoulders. As a result of the emphasis to the shoulders and arms, the energy lines in these areas of the body are engaged and balanced. Thai Yoga for the hands has a balancing and restorative effect for the person’s spirit, mind, and body. There are practitioners who use sequences and techniques focused on the hands and arms solely for their meditation benefits.
Traditional Thai Massage is a holistic type of therapy, where each person is seen and treated as an ever-changing network of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual components, which are all interconnected and all influence one another.
Thai Massage practitioners use their thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply a combination of acupressure, rocking and twisting, joint and spine mobilizations and assisted yoga postures and stretches. The practitioners use their body weight instead of strength and the movements are done to a steady, meditative rhythm.
The benefits of Thai Massage are countless, as the flow of vital energy is freed throughout the body and improvements can be seen in posture, breathing, flexibility, digestions and circulation. Muscles are well stretched, inner organs are toned, and emotional and nervous tension is reduced. A deep sense of peace can be experienced upon completion of the treatment.