Original relaxing massage techniques to soothe away your tension and stresses to rejuvenate your inner soul and allowing for renewed energy.

Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha

Origins

Thai Yoga is an ancient physical form of bodywork, dating back to India 2,500 years ago. It is believed that it is an ayurvedic Indian physician, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha , a friend of the Buddha Gautama Siddhartha, who created the practice we now call Thai Massage.
Dr. Jivaka observed that through breathing, connecting to the moment, without needing to do something special, cultivating metta* toward others and the world, people feel better. They feel stronger, smiling; they can serve the world even more.
Therefore he connected the Buddha’s philosophy of accepting the moment with Yoga’s knowledge that through movements and stretching the physical body grows stronger and better, and created a dance that provides the opportunity for meditation in motion, while benefiting the bodies of the therapist as well as the recipient.
He taught this dance to the monks, so they might share this work for the benefit of their bodies. This was to become the basis of Thai Yoga. Eventually, with the Buddhist monks travelling through Asia, Thai yoga massage developed roots in Thailand where it is still very commonly practised today.

A meditation in motion

The success of a Thai yoga session relies on the practitioner ability to pay constant attention to her own body, as a guide to know her own energy. The practitioner is centered in the moment, without trying to affect anything, but perfectly focused on what is being done. She cultivates concentration, awareness and metta which bring her to a deeper level of awareness of herself and the client. As she mindfully moves and manipulates the receiver to unblock and free his energy flow, she invites the recipient to be in the moment as well and to experience the energy of joy which is naturally within us.
Thai yoga massage, it is often qualified as the lazy person’s yoga, or passive yoga, because the recipient’s body is stretched and positioned in different asana (yoga posture) without any help from his part. It is beneficial to anyone, from the least flexible to the most advanced yogini, since it helps one move past their usual limitations and plateaus in their yoga practice and self development. By being fully present, the practitioner intuitively senses the type of pressure the recipient require and the specific series of poses he needs.
In order to release the blocks in the energy lines of the body, known as Sen lines, the
equivalent of the meridians in Chinese medicine, the practitioner listens to the body’s responses during stretches and manipulations to continually tailored the massage to the recipient’s needs. The rhythmic rocking, thumbing and palming manipulations along these lines release toxins and tension allowing the Prana (life force) to flow through you more fully.

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