Despite the name, Thai Yoga was not founded in Thailand. Because it is a yoga-based bodywork, its roots lie in India, over 2500 years back. Thai Medicine, which Thai Massage is part of, was preserved in buddhist monasteries until modern days.
As a true father of Thai Massage is considered doctor Shivago Komarpaj (or Jivaka Komarabhacca). He was known to be a temporary of Buddha and also a physician of the King of India.
Throughout its history, Thai Massage was influenced by yoga, Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine.
Today, Thai Massage is still taught and practiced in Buddhist temples and massage schools in Thailand. It has become popular in the western countries for its philosophy, benefits and deeply relaxing effect.
Dr. Shivago Komarpaj
Typical session starts with the client laying on the back, then a gentle compression and stretching is used to warm up and open the body, beginning with the legs. Treatment continues throughout the body with focus on problematic areas. The pressure is always adjusted to client's comfort.
Bodyworker uses hands, feet, elbow, forearm and finger pressure, rocking motion, stretching, shaking and body positioning to treat specific areas of the body. By moving client into simple poses, areas of the body that are normally hard to reach, get open. Stretches are never beyond clients comfort level.
What to wear for Thai Massage session?
No massage oils are used during Thai Massage, so client stays fully clothed. Comfortable cotton pants or sweat pants and T-shirt are recommended.
What is Thai Massage?
Thai Massage (or Thai Bodywork), also called LAZY MAN'S YOGA, is a unique blend of compression, rocking motion and supported yoga stretches, performed traditionally on a thai mat. If client's condition doesn't allow to lie down, Thai Massage can be performed on the massage table.
Client doesn't have to have any yoga experience to get the benefits of Thai Massage.