What is Thai massage?
Thai massage or "Thai yoga massage" is a traditional healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. In the Thai language it is usually called "Nuat Boran" from English "Ancient Massage".
Thai massage is beneficial for both giver and receiver. Thai Massage is part of Traditional Thai Medicine, using assisted stretches with compression to therapeutically affect the whole body.
Traditional Thai massage rarely uses oils or lotions, and the receiver wears lightweight clothing during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner may use thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the receiver.
In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, nerves are calmed, and energy is balanced. The overall effect should be one of relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.
A special technique of squeezing and pressing, based on the use of the patient’s own weight, twists and stretch marks, is called Thai massage. From the side it looks more like a meditative dance than a massage in the usual sense of the word. During the procedure, asanas are used - postures that are used during yoga. Because of this, another name for the procedure is yoga for the lazy.
Thai massage is a whole wellness complex, consisting of exposure to certain points and energy channels. The last term refers to Eastern philosophy, in which it is believed that a person’s health depends on his mental balance. An unusual technique is called upon to restore this balance. From the point of view of conservative medicine, yoga for the lazy has a positive effect on the bone, nervous, muscle systems of a person, blood circulation and lymph flow, thereby improving his well-being.