What is Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai Yoga Massage is what I like to call “lazy yoga”, as many of the movements in a traditional thai massage session have foundations in the beautiful tradition of yoga, and offers many of the same benefits as an asana class, but with minimal effort on the part of the receiver. The masseuse does all the work.
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage, or “Nuad Phaen Boran” has a long history of therapeutic healing within the physical, energetic and mental layers of our being. Unlike Relaxation and Swedish massage, styles which most of us in the western world associate with massage, Thai Massage is primarily concerned with the energetic body, working along invisible energy lines or “sen”, running through the body. The yogic influence is evident here; yogic philosophy states that life energy (prana) is absorbed with the air we breathe and with the food we eat. Along a network of energy lines, the prana nadis, we are then supplied with this vital energy. Thai massage focusses on ten of these energy lines, which coincide with important acupressure points, to remove energy blocks, relieve physical pain, and treat certain diseases and imbalances of the internal organs.
The Spirit of Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage is a spiritual practice, closely connected to the teachings of the Buddha. The giving of massage is considered to be a physical application of Metta, or “loving kindness”, and a devoted masseur will performs the art of massage in a meditative mood – only then are they able to develop intuition for the energy flow and blockages in the body of the receiver, and treat each person according to their individual needs.
What Can I Expect?
Thai massage is invigorating, relaxing, and promotes the healthy flow of energy within the energetic body, preventing illness and pain in the physical body and the mind. Techniques involve working along these energy lines, palming, stretching the muscle, thumbing, applying acupressure and full body stretches. Massage oil is occasionally used to help promote relaxation and a deeper massage. In general Thai massage is practiced with the receiver fully clothed in light, stretchy clothing. The receiver simply needs to relax and trust the masseuse.
How Long is A Session?
A Thai Massage can last anywhere from 1 to 2 hours. For a full body massage including feet & head, and full body stretches, we recommend a longer session (90 minutes). For a shorter session focusing on the torso & legs, front and back body, one hour is sufficient.
How Much Does It Cost?
60 Minutes: $75
90 Minutes: $110
120 Minutes: $150
I am currently available to come to you (I bring my mat or table, oils, and towels with me) for which I charge an additional call-out fee of $10 within the Christchurch region.
Therapeutic Oil Massage is also available on request!
60 Minutes: $70
Contact me here to book your session or call me on 0225808347.