Thai Yoga represents the truest and most authentic visions of Traditional Thai Medicine, Thai Culture, and other related healing arts. It is a healing art based on Buddhist medicine, Classical Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda and Yoga Vedanta. Thus, Thai Yoga is a balanced blending of Chinese medicine, Ayurvedic medicine, and Western medicine alike.
Thai Yoga or Thai Massage (a common slang term used in modern times)is used to facilitate and promote a harmonious state of being. It is a form of bodywork where the therapist gently assists clients into asanas (postures) and works to bring consciousness to the energy lines of the body, called sen in Thai. The session allows the client to be fully-clothed, no undressing/draping required.
This healing art can be considered effective forms of: traction and decompression of the skeleton, dynamic physical stretching, Chinese Meridian stretching, conditioning the nerves, a form of orthopedic and osteopathic physical therapy, a form of athletic and performance enhancement, somatic education and somatic re-education, neuromuscular therapeutic treatment for pain and suffering, balancing the doshas (as defined by classical Indian Ayurveda), and co-facilitated Hatha Yoga. That is just to list a few!
Some benefits of Thai Yoga include: relaxation, reduction of pain, reduction of swelling/edema, increased range of motion, management of stress, passive exercise, enhanced mind/body connection, evaluation of soft tissue status, preparation for exercise, detoxification of soft tissue, maintenance of general health.
Furthermore, there are no mechanical devices used and no side effects. In Thai Yoga, we simply use the whole body to treat the whole body.
Everyone can benefit from Thai Yoga. There are no restrictions of any age; anyone from the very young to the elderly can achieve great benefit from this practice. Younger or more active persons can achieve added tonifying and strengthening of the muscles. Older clients can achieve added vitality to their lives, combating the degenerative effects of aging.
One of the wonderful things of Thai Yoga is that it is meant to be as beneficial to the practitioner as it is the client! Above all, Thai Yoga is meant to be a practical expression of loving kindness and to demonstrate what Thais call Promwihan Sii, or the four states of mind which include: loving kindness, compassion, vicarious joy, and equanimity.
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