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.)