What is Traditional Thai massage? Traditional Thai massage (Nuad Bo Rarn), often known as the ‘lazy person’s yoga’, is a rhythmical series of movements including acupressure, soothing massage, yoga-like stretches and contains elements of reflexology. It can help improve mobility and energy flow, alleviating back, neck, shoulder and hip tension. This results in an opening of the body, leaving the client feeling deeply relaxed and energised at the same time. Thai massage is carried out through loose comfortable clothing, performed on a Thai mat on the floor, lasts approximately 90 minutes and is suitable for most people of all ages, irrespective of their level of flexibility.
Both the client and practitioner benefit from the yoga stretches and meditative qualities, through gentle rocking and meditative rhythm which often looks and feels like a graceful dance, working very deeply on emotional and physical levels. The pressure and stretching is sympathetically matched to the client’s ability and needs. The number of techniques is vast and practitioners will use their hands, feet, legs and elbows to free tension within the body.
A dynamic and powerful therapeutic Northern style Thai massage is applied with loving kindness, also known as ‘Metta’ in Buddhism. It’s a unique and powerful healing art that has been an integral part of traditional Thai medicine for thousands of years. It is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Baccha, the legendary founder of Thai massage. He was a physician to the Sangha, the order of Buddhist monks and nuns, at the time of the Buddha. The Thais call him Doctor Shivago and to this day honour him as “The Father of Medicine”.
NA-A NA-WA ROKHA PAYATI VINA-SANTI (We pray for the one we touch, that he will be happy and that any illness will be released from him)
What are the benefits?
Deep relaxation, calming the mind and soothing the nervous system
Increase energy levels
Release tension in the body
Releases stress, anxiety and depression
Detoxifies the body
Improves breathing patterns
Increases flexibility, joint mobility and range of movement and co-ordination. Assists alignment and posture.
Improves circulation and muscle tone
Strengthens the internal organs and stimulates the immune system
Relieves aches, pains and stiffness
Releases deeply held emotions and physical tension
Transformational and positive effect on the mind
Corrects the imbalances in the body and stimulates the body's natural healing process