Discovered about 2.500 years ago in the temples of Thailand,Thai Yoga Massage is a therapeutic and dynamic style of bodywork that’s deeply rooted in the Indian healing traditions of Ayurvedic medicine. This unique style of bodywork is based upon yoga and Ayurvedic practices and offers an experience that very much differs from the traditional American style massage.
I was first introduced to Thai Yoga Massage through Lotus Palm and fell in love. The style of meditative flow based in metta or loving-kindness immediately drew me in; it spoke to both my love of yoga and meditation. When I watched my teacher move a client on the mat, I was captivated by the rhythmic flow between the client and practitioner; it was a meditative dance based on movement, breath and trust.
Above and beyond the physical and energetic attributes you can get from a Thai Yoga Massage, it is such a cool dynamic between being actively involved and passively immersed in a relaxing a rejuvenating experience unlike any other.
Most Thai Massage here in North America has been modified to suit the culture and the American body. In fact, the yoga in Thai Yoga Massage is an evolution of the traditional Thai massage. Many styles are practiced on the floor on a cushioned mat, fully clothed, and incorporate a full body treatment. The practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures, while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy lines and pressure points. The results can be increased range of motion through stretching, relief of muscular tension, improved circulation, energetic alignment, immune system boost, therapeutic relaxation, energetic increase, and a overall sense of well-being.
When I have clients who have never received a Thai Yoga Massage, there is always that initial feeling of anticipation and uncertainty of what they should be doing. However, it’s not long before they are relaxing into the flow. Through my years as a Thai Yoga Massage practitioner I sometimes get clients that have been to other practitioners and comment on how my style is less vigorous and more therapeutic. There are various styles out there and I think it is important to experiment to find the right fit.
My style is based on my training through Lotus Palm as well as my background as a Reiki Master, Yoga Therapist and mindfulness meditation practitioner, which is based in compassion and my study of metta and loving-kindness. In addition to physical relief and rejuvenation, my clients walk away with a deeper energetic experience.
No matter who or where you are getting a Thai Yoga Massage from, I think it is an experience you will remember and likely want to receive more of.
— Megan Elliott