Thai yoga massage, also simply called Thai massage, is a 2,500-year-old Ayurvedic-based body science. A trained Thai Massage or Thai Yoga massage therapist uses assisted stretching and massage modalities to work on a client along with specific, assisted yoga poses. The underlying philosophy behind Thai Massage focuses on so-called energy points called “sen lines.” It is by working on these energy points that Thai Massage benefits the body.
Certified ‘Thai Massage’ or ‘Thai Yoga Massage’ differs from what people call ‘thai yoga therapy’ or ‘yoga thai therapy’ in that the thai ‘massage’ therapists are licensed to manipulate tissue and have had years of massage training and practice in studying anatomy and physiology. This means that your ‘licensed’ massage therapist can understand your physical condition and its contraindications. Non-licensed practitioners do not have these skills and experience nor are they licensed to manipulate tissue or perform massage.
You can be assured that all of our massage therapists that practice Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage at our studio are both licensed massage therapists and have been trained specifically in thai modalities with our certified CEU training in Thai Massage that provide them with both the knowledge and skills to safely treat your condition and perform the necessary therapy in a way that protects and assists with the appropriate liability.
As Thai massage therapists stretch the participant, they also press and massage along the sen lines or points, creating release and relaxation of stress and various physical holding patterns that have built up into stiffness or soreness. Techniques involve the therapist using their knuckles, feet, hands, thumbs and fingers into specific points while holding the participant in a stretch. This assisted technique relieves areas of muscular stress and tension and also involves stretching myofascial tissue, acupressure, compression of tissue, and manipulation of soft tissue.
Thai massage benefits the body in a way similar to regular yoga poses, by slowing blood flow to specific areas of the body during the pose and flushing fresh blood circulating the area on release of the pose. Twisting and stretching Thai yoga massage positions are usually very effective in increasing and refreshing circulation in this way. Thai yoga massage can also help with lymphatic drainage, the return of blood to the heart and digestion.
This kind of massage benefits people with stiff muscles from repetitive work patterns that are both physical or sedentary (seated) and also is recommended for athletes in sports like triathlon including crossfit, running, tennis and baseball.
Discover how Thai Massage benefits you and your mind and body by trying this wonderful ancient form of assisted stretching and massage that is a blend of yoga and massage.
As noted above, Thai Massage benefits the body with stretching and massage that is delivered to the participant on a thai yoga mat, a little like a futon. The participant is fully clothed in stretchable yoga clothing or loose fitting pants and top to permit free movement for your body and for the therapist to manipulate your arms, legs, shoulders and back without hindrance.