Yoga & Massage : The Best of Both Worlds

When we think of ways to naturally take our minds off the stress and anxieties in our lives, there are a few things that come to mind for most of us. Meditation, sleep, yoga, massage, all have very similar roots in that they call for the body to be at rest, and for the brain to power down even if just for a few minutes.

So it should come as no surprise that there is an ancient healing method that combines the principles and practices of all of these things. With yoga and massage at its core, the Chinese Ayurvedic method of Thai Yoga Massage aims to move energy throughout the body. This form of massage uses acupressure points as well as various yoga poses to help release blockages that are the cause of stress and illness.

Thai Yoga massage gathers its origins from Ayurvedic Medicine, Yoga and Buddhism. The practice combines deep stretching, rhythmic compression, soft-tissue manipulation, gentle rocking, energy balancing, and acupressure all with the common goal of freeing the body of tightness, soreness and stress.

A Thai Yoga massage is unlike any massage session that you’ve probably ever had, conducted primarily on the floor for better movement, those receiving the massage typically remain fully clothed in loose fitting and comfortable clothing. Another large difference between typical massages and Thai Yoga massage is that each session usually lasts around two hours. The lengthy session time is due to the fact that Thai yoga massage consists of dynamic and fluid techniques, movements, stretches and twists. These movements all focus on certain parts of the body for a specific amount of time, so a full body massage will take a little longer.

Thai Yoga massage pinpoints the entire body by increasing flexibility. The movements, stretches and massaging help the body to release both deep and superficial tension. Thai Yoga massage enhances the body’s natural energy flow. Those who have experienced this type of massage report feeling a form of relaxation that envelops their entire body upon completion.

Consult your primary care physician or chiropractor for any medical related advice.


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