What is yoga massage?

Date: Saturday July 25, 2009
Posted in: Massage

We’ve all hear of yoga and massage but what is thai yoga massage? Here is the official definition from wikipedia, where is is referred to as thai massaged.

“Thai massage is a type of massage in Thai style that involves stretching and deep massage. This form of bodywork is usually performed on the floor, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used in Thai massage. It is known in Thailand as “nuat phaen boran” (Thai: นวดแผนโบราณ, IPA: [nuɑt pʰɛn boraːn]), literally, the ancient-manner massage; or just “nuat phaen thai” (นวดแผนไทย). Thai massage originated in India and is based on Ayurveda and Yoga. It was believed that the massage art was brought over to Thailand by Shivago Komarpaj over 2500 years ago.”

Yoga massage is also referred to as thai massage or nuad boran which is based on the Indian healing teachings called Ayurveda. Which translateds in english to “life knowledge”, per this teaching each personal is composed of 3 body types or doshes these are vata(air), pitta(fire-water) and kapha(earth-water). Practiciniers use these 3 body types to adjust there treatment approach for each individual.

This thai yoga massage is performed on a mat on the floor, simliar to how most yoga displieces are praticed. The trainer or practitioner are both dressed in comfortable cloths that make sure not to restricted their movement. Also, this type of massage doesn’t envolve any type of specifiec massage oils or creams.

Each pose in yoga massage is connected to one of the tridoshic compisitions. The rhytym and intensity of each pose is guded by the Ayuvedic guidelines. Vata is slow and gentle, Pitta is nonvigorouse and relaxing then Kapha is energetic an uplifting.

The massage praticiniers determines which dosh best applied to each client, this is typically choosing the opposite nature which will help to increase the strength of their weaker doshes. This varies by the clientes vata types.

The thai yoga massage is based on the lotus palm method, which is a symbol of loving, kindness and compassion. This method or form’s main focus is the maximize the results while using the least amount of effect. This is accomplished by using the proper body alignment, position and movement in tandem with position of the practinier.

Here are the 4 basics of the palm method.

1. Moment to Moment & Loving Kindness Meditation

2. Stances which establish proper body alignment

3. Rhythmic Rocking which sets the flow of the massage

4. Massage Techniques

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