The working stances of Thai yoga massage are like a beautiful dance that requires continuous movement by the Thai yoga massage practitioner to provide a relaxed flowing session for the recipient of the massage. The movements of this healing art are fluid and include breath work and assisted yoga poses, while the practitioner applies pressure along the body’s pressure points and energy lines. The healing actions of Thai yoga massage are known to relieve tension, improve circulation, boost the immune system and assist the body in energy balance.
The primary outcomes in the practice of Thai yoga are love, compassion, joy and equanimity. If these four qualities are clearly communicated during a session, the healing therapy is considered to be a success. Secondary outcomes are accomplished through assisted yoga poses, application of pressure on energy lines, pressure points, specific nerves and tendons, gentle rocking, stretching, and focused breathing. The combinations of these outcomes provides for a very unique healing experience.
Thai yoga massage encourages the spine to lengthen, your hips to open, and shoulders to release. This ancient healing art is said to date back to the time of Buddha and can feel nurturing and effortless as the practitioner moves your body in and out of postures and invites your muscles to gently stretch, while your mind goes into deep relaxation. In this way, Thai massage is also a meditation.
The theory behind how Thai massage works is based on the belief that life energy flows through the body along an interwoven network of channels and the stimulation and balance of those channels through the practice of Thai yoga massage is what then translates into a deep feeling of relaxation, energy, and renewal. The sequence of meditation, movements and any intentions set for the practice, if executed properly, are beneficial for both the practitioner as well as the receiver of the healing yoga massage.