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THAI YOGA MASSAGE

90 min $160/ 120 min $200

Thai Massage is an amazing form of bodywork widely practiced in Thailand today, and increasingly around the world, and offers great healing through its multifaceted use of acupressure, stretching, reflexology, joint mobilization and assisted yoga poses. After a Thai Massage session, you will feel relaxed, renewed, energized; more flexible and peaceful. You will feel harmonized in your body, mind and spirit.

It's traditional name, Nuad Bo’ Rarn, literally means “ancient healing touch”. More recently it has also been given other names such as Thai Yoga Massage or Thai Yoga Therapy due to its wide use of yoga like stretches. Certain features are characteristic of this work. Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage is performed on a mat on the floor rather than a raised table. This allows for many movements and procedures that are not practical or effective in table work, or are simply impossible. It allows for the most effective use of the practitioner's body weight rather than muscular force for the transmission of pressure, force or energy, which creates a highly therapeutic effect. Because soft tissue manipulation is a subordinate part of Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage, the client may remain fully clothed, as long as it is lightweight and allows for flexible movement.

The work itself consists primarily of pressure on energy lines and points, and a large variety of stretching movements. These are combined in a comprehensive strategy that may be performed in as little as an hour, or may be extended to 2 1/2 to 3 hours in length for a full program. The stretching movements affect the entire body by increasing flexibility, releasing both deep and superficial tension, and helping the body's natural energy to flow more freely. The effect of these stretching movements, in which the client plays only a passive role, is similar to Yoga. The result is an opening of the body which leaves one feeling both relaxed and energized at the same time.

Thai massage’s origins are shrouded in mystery. Tradition tells us that it was given to the world by a physician in India who was a contemporary of the Buddha, Shivago Komarpaj. Beyond this, little factual information exists, yet certain insights can be gained. It appears certain that the Nuad Bo-Roarn (Northern Style) Thai Massage has its roots in the ancient medicine of Indian Ayurvedic practice. The influence of Yoga is also apparent from he positions and stretching movements. These are thought by some to be largely the same roots from which traditional Chinese medicine may also have emerged. No one knows exactly where from nor how it developed. Essentially Thai Massage seems to have evolved from a synthesis of Indian Ayurvedic medicine, Yoga, Buddhism, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Thai indigenous healing arts.

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