Often referred to as 'Yoga for lazy people'
Thai Yoga Massage offers the client an opportunity to receive all the benefits of a yoga session without putting in any of the hard work. TYM is carried out on a mat on the floor and the client remains fully clothed throughout. The therapist uses their whole body - hands, forearms, elbows and feet - to apply pressure to different parts of the client’s body, as well as incorporating more extensive yoga-type stretches into the treatment. There are four main positions in TYM: lying on your back; lying on your side; lying on your front; and sitting up. Personal requirements or the length of your treatment will determine how many of these positions are used within one session.
Each treatment begins at the feet and works its way up to the head, following the flow of energy through the body, bringing about a sense of opening and balance to the client’s energetic and physical body. TYM is usually carried out in silence, to allow both the therapist to tune into the client’s body and the client to fully relax and let go into the experience.
Physical benefits of TYM can include:
• relief from aches, pains and stiffness
• enhanced flexibility in the joints
• improved alignment of the body and posture
• better blood circulation
• stimulation of the internal organs
• balancing of the energy systems of the body
Thai Yoga Massage (TYM, also known as Thai Massage or Yoga Massage), or ‘nuad boran’, traces its roots back to a legendary doctor called Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, who is believed to have lived and worked in India at the time of the Buddha. Whilst it is unclear when and how nuad boran came to Thailand, it is most probable that this happened along with the arrival of Buddhism around the third or second century BC. Its origins almost certainly come from within the traditional Indian Ayurvedic system of healing.