Thai Yoga Massage or Nuad Bo-Rarn (sacred touch) is a powerful form of bodywork originating some 2500 bc, which is completely different from western massage. It consists of acupressure on energy lines or sens and a large number of yogic stretching movements. The massage is performed on a futon or other padded floor mat through light clothing. It uses no oils but instead relies on slow, rhythmic movements and pressure using thumbs, palms, feet, knees, elbows and bodyweight to obtain the therapeutic effect. Traditionally there are two forms of Thai Massage - Northern and Southern - but other influences are being introduced, such as Osteo Thai Yoga, which includes a gentle form of mobilisation. Thai Yoga Massage is given with loving kindness, which reflects the four divine states of mind in Buddhist teaching: loving kindness, compassion, vicarious joy and equanimity.
- Releases tension, stress and anxiety
- Produces deep relaxation
- Increases the body's natural flow of energy
- Improves flexibility, co-ordination and posture
- Relieves aches and pains
- Strengthens internal organs and the immune system and encourages lymph flow