History & Background
Traditional Thai Massage has its roots in the Indian systems of Yoga and Ayurveda. 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 community of Buddhist monks at the time of the Buddha. To this day he is being honoured as “The Father of Medicine” in Thailand.
Around 2000 years ago Thai Yoga Massage was brought from India to Thailand along with Buddhism. Since then it has been practiced, developed and handed down through the generations.
Thai Yoga Massage as a Spiritual Practice.
Thai Yoga Massage is a holistic treatment where the client is being seen as an ever-changing network of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual aspects - all influencing each other.
Its primary aim is to restore and balance the body’s energy system which comprises of a multitude of energy lines that run through the body. These energy lines cannot be seen, but it is possible to feel them. They are part of many Eastern healing traditions. In the West the Chinese acupuncture meridians are the most well-known version.
As Thai Yoga Massage therapists we work on ten main meridians to ensure optimum health and wellbeing. These meridians are called Sip Sen in Thai, or the ten Sen. The vital life force that is called Prana in Sanskrit, Chi in Chinese and Ki in Japanese, travels through these meridians, supplying the body with the energy that is necessary for its survival and healthy functioning.
Due to physical or emotional trauma, bad posture or harmful habits this energy can get trapped or blocked, causing physical and emotional dis-ease. Thai Yoga Massage with its amazing multitude of techniques and adjustments can release these blockages and bring the body back to its natural equilibrium where balance and wellbeing are present.
Thai Massage has always been closely linked with Buddhist meditation practice and as a yoga teacher myself the treatment is close to my heart. Most dedicated practitioners (and I like to call myself one of them) train their own minds through meditation and share the benefits with their clients.
A massage performed with this mindset allows me to be intuitive and tuned in to my client’s needs. It is hugely important that I am aware of any subtle physical and emotional changes and respond accordingly.
The Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage are countless.
By freeing the flow of energy in the body, Thai Massage can improve posture, breathing, flexibility, digestion and circulation. Muscles are stretched, inner organs toned and emotional tension is reduced. Often a deep sense of peace can be experienced during and after the treatment.
Although the main emphasis of Thai Yoga Massage is on prevention (as all disease manifests first on the energy level and can be treated there before it becomes physical), it can also be of great therapeutic benefit for a range of specific problems and conditions, such as headaches, back pain, digestive disorders, shoulder and neck tension, joint pain, menstruation problems, insomnia and other stress related conditions.
What to expect during your treatment?
Thai Yoga Massage is done on a firm futon or mat on the floor with the client dressed in light clothes. Typically a session lasts between 1 - 2 hours, but can also be longer if needed.
I use my thumbs, palms and elbows to apply a combination of acupressure, gentle rocking and twisting, joint and spine mobilisations and assisted yoga stretches. With a steady and meditative rhythm, Thai Yoga Massage looks and feels like a graceful dance between giver and receiver.
Every session and every person I work with is unique. I trust my intuition and exceptional sensitvity to ensure you receive the healing benefits specific to your needs.
I received my intensive training as a Therapist at the Massage Art Schule in Düsseldorf, Germany. Although my passion, education and experiences started with my own yoga practice 15 years ago.
As a yoga teacher furthering my education in this field is of great personal interest. Not only does the treatment enhance my own yoga practice on a physical level, but also my mental and spiritual well-being.