or many centuries in the Far East, Thai yoga bodywork has been practiced as a temple-based healing art. Today there has developed a wide interest and an increased availability here in the West.

Thai yoga bodywork is a dynamic and unique form of bodywork and mindfulness based yoga therapy. The practice integrates soothing rhythmic massage and rocking motions, assisted yoga postures and stretches, guided breathing, and healing energy work through the application of acupressure along energy lines known as “sen” in the Thai tradition or “nadis” in the yoga tradition.

The practitioner uses thumbs, fingers, forearms, elbows, knees, and feet to apply acupressure to specific energy lines. This provides deep tissue compression and manipulation that assists in opening up joints, stretching and releasing muscle tension, and freeing energy throughout the body. A Thai yoga bodywork session is both deeply relaxing and rejuvenating.

Meditation is also an essential element of Thai yoga bodywork and each session is practiced meditatively, in the spirit of “metta” meaning loving-kindness or friendliness. When practiced in this manner it allows the bodywork session to become deeply focused and contemplative in nature. This greatly enhances the experience as it cultivates balance and a sense of well-being on all levels.
Thai yoga presents a different form of bodywork than you might expect. Loose, comfortable clothing is recommended, dressing in layers will help keep you warm and relaxed.
Thai bodywork is done lying on the floor, using special large, comfortable mats. Pillows and bolsters will also be used to provide support in the yoga postures. You begin seated and will transition through lying on your back, on both sides and on your front. The session finishes in the classic yoga relaxation posture, savasana.
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