THAI YOGA MASSAGE
ENJOY THE BENEFITS OF YOGA WITHOUT ANY OF THE EFFORT
Thai Yoga Bodywork combines massage, acupressure, breathwork, energy balancing, stretching and assisted yoga postures in a powerful bodywork therapy between giver and receiver. Unlike traditional yoga asana practice, where the practitioner moves himself through the postures, Thai Yoga is like having yoga done to your body without putting forth any effort. It is passive for the receiver, yet very active in its effects.
Thai Yoga puts the mind in touch with the body as one learns about his or her body in exactly the same way as one learns about other objects—by feeling it. The practice generates a careful flow of sensory information to the mind of the receiver that the mind can use to heal any broken relationship between neural and muscular responses.
The greatest gift of Thai Yoga Massage is increased self-awareness of what is actually happening in the body moment to moment—a powerful way of resolving and letting go of physical and energetic blockages.
CARL GUSTAV JUNG
Often hands will solve a mystery that the intellect has struggled with in vain.
THAI YOGA PRACTICE
HOW IS IT DONE?
- done on a futon on the floor
- combines deep acupressure, reflexology, and applied yoga stretches
- stretches your muscles and opens your joints
- can be called assisted yoga or partner yoga
- more often called lazy man’s yoga
- introduces a deep sense of tranquillity and calm
- you feel energized yet relaxed
There are two Thai Yoga schools or styles of practice:
SOUTHERN STYLE THAI YOGA
- practiced in Wat Pho (Bangkok) area
- shorter practice sessions
- less stretches than Northern style
- intense plucking or flicking with the fingers along the energy lines
NORTHERN STYLE THAI YOGA
- practiced in Chiang Mai area
- lasts longer than Southern style
- many more yoga-based stretches and twists
- thorough acupressure to stimulate energy flow
espritrelax offers Northern style Thai Yoga
Northern style Thai Yoga is more relaxing, gentle, and less painful than Southern style. The emphasis is more on stretching and twisting the body rather than pressure point massage, although acupressure techniques are applied throughout a Northern style session too. Northern style Thai Yoga is more comfortable and therefore more in line with the practices and principles of Dynamic Yoga.
THE BENEFITS OF THAI YOGA
Physiological & psychological benefits similar to traditional yoga practice
The benefits of Thai Yoga are far-reaching:
- The postures have a strengthening effect on the nervous system through their non-tiring physiological activities that bring about poise of body and mind.
- The stretches result in the lengthening of the fascia and muscles and encourage greater movement than would be possible unaided. This provides traction and mobilization for the spine and joints, which in turn improves circulation and increases the range of motion.
- Additionally, the acupressure techniques work on the deeper layers of muscular fascia, stimulating lymphatic drainage, relieving pain, and bringing a feeling of nurturing and general health to the receiver.
- Moreover, the synchronized breathing between giver and receiver, which is a key component of Thai Yoga, introduces a deep sense of tranquility and meditative calm.
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BOOK YOUR THAI YOGA SESSION
espritrelax offers 60 and 90-minute sessions to fit your schedule.