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“Lazy Man's” Yoga: Thai Yoga Therapy Provides All the Benefits of Yoga

Tandem Thai yoga

The reason it is referred to as “lazy man’s” yoga is because the recipient is passively placed by the therapist into a variety of yoga-like stretches. Therapists will use their legs, arms, feet, and hands to apply firm rhythmic pressure to almost every part of the recipient’s body. Since the recipient is relaxed and encouraged to breathe deeply as they are stretched they usually can go deeper into the massage poses and benefit from increased flexibility and mobility. The results are often longer lasting than regular massages. 

In Thai yoga the acupressure technique of rhythmic thumb presses along the “sen” lines helps to balance and detoxify the body. It’s also used as a diagnostic tool to help the therapist locate problematic areas. Often working the “sen” lines alone will balance the body’s electromagnetic field and give the receiver more energy and an overall sense of well-being. 

A full course of Thai massage lasts two hours or more, and includes many techniques, such as pulling fingers, toes, ears; cracking the knuckles; walking on the recipient's back; and arching the recipient's back in a rolling action. Thai yoga is practiced on a floor mat and the recipient remains fully clothed in comfortable loose-fitting clothing. This allows the therapist to reach sensitive areas such as the Grycillis (inner thigh muscle), which in regular oil massage may seem inappropriate.

Thai yoga offers the benefits of an acupressure or deep tissue massage, the stretching and breathing of a yoga class, and energetic balancing of the body’s electromagnetic field all in one session. Other benefits include:

  • Restored energy and overall well-being
  • Reduced tension and stress
  • Increased flexibility and range of motion
  • Improved circulation
  • Centering the mind and body

Tandem Thai yoga is Thai yoga therapy with two therapists working on one recipient. This triad of energy flow raises overall energetic vibrations and increases the power of healing. An added benefit of two therapists working on a recipient together is a reduction in the total time of the massage closer to one hour.

Thai yoga has passed the test of time and, like yoga, is gaining awareness and acceptance in the West as a successful alternative healing modality.

Thai Yoga Prayer: “Na-a-na-wa rokha payati vina-santi.” (We pray for the one whom we touch, that he will be happy and that any illness will be released.)



Giggling Chakras

The Giggling Chakras, Sitara and Chandra, offer a unique blend of tandem Thai yoga, massage, aromatherapy, Vinyasa yoga, sound healing, and energy work in the Carmel Valley area in San Diego. They also host and promote various holistic health-oriented and just plain fun events in the San Diego area.

For more information on the Giggling Chakras, go to their myspace page.

To contact them about Thai yoga or to join their mailing list, please email them here.

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