Thai Yoga Massage, sometimes called Thai Yoga Bodywork, Thai Massage, Thai Bodywork, Assisted Stretch, and even “lazy man’s yoga,” is one of the most ancient healing modalities in human history. Accredited to Shivago Komarpaj, the Buddha’s personal physician, Thai Massage has evolved and developed over centuries into the multi-faceted healing art it is today.
Thai Massage is performed fully clothed, without the use of oils or lotions. It is performed on a cushioned mat or blanket on the floor, not on a massage table. The Thai bodyworker pushes, pulls, and manipulates the client’s limbs through a session that lasts anywhere from 90 minutes to two hours or more, and covers the front and back of the body, the sides of the body, hands and feet, and the digestive organs, face, and head.
Thai Massage follows energy lines in the body known as sen lines, roughly equivalent to the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine. Thai Massage is based on the idea that life force energy (chi, or prana) circulates through the body, and brings wellness and health when it is moving freely and unblocked. Thai Massage helps circulate and unblock stuck or stagnant prana. To clear blockages and move prana, Thai Massage employs a number of techniques, including application of pressure using hands, feet, elbows, knees, and knuckles, movement of joints, stretching of muscles, and gentle stimulation of the digestive organs.
Thai Yoga Massage is a beautiful dance of healing. I have been trained by Gaston Robert Olsen and T’ai Jamar Hannah, and plan to continue my training in Thai Yoga Bodywork and other healing touch modalities throughout my life. If you are interested in Thai Yoga Massage therapy in Jersey City or the New York City area, please contact me.