Yoga's Best Kept Secret Exposed
Once upon a time in Thailand, approximately 2,500 years ago, the Buddha had a private physician who would revolutionalize the practice of Traditional Thai medicine. He was the celebrated yogi and Ayurvedic doctor of India, named Dr. Jivaka Kumarbhaccha (or Shivago Komarpaj). Dr. Jivaka would exercise a dynamic massage therapy, called Nuad Boran, an ancient traditional Thai massage healing system practiced in the temples and hospitals of Thailand. Nuad Boran combines acupressure, "sen" energy line work and assisted yoga postures. A Thai yogi guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures based on Ruesri Dat Ton (a form of Thai yoga exercise similar to Hatha yoga to promote the flow of prana energy), while massaging along the body's energy lines and pressure points.
This art is practiced as a duet. While counterbalancing and levering the recipient's body, the practitioner works with gravity, breath and directed touch to create a harmonious and therapeutic “yoga dance”. Today, this healing bodywork thrives as yoga's best kept secret fully exposed now, and growing exponentially worldwide: THAI YOGA MASSAGE...which is historically, philosophically, experientially, visually, spiritually, and energetically YOGA!
We all know that Yoga is medicine. With the power combo of yoga with massage, people of all ages, physical, mental and emotional conditions may benefit from any form of Thai yoga massage.
Highlights and benefits:
• Assisted yoga stretches & massage techniques for relaxation and therapy, working safely around body misalignments and mobility constraints
• Meditative energy from the practitioner, who channels calm healing intentions (especially metta, aka loving kindness) and therapeutic yoga therapy expertise, thereby enabling better stress, trauma and anxiety management • A comprehensive treatment approach which reduces muscular tension, relaxes the joints, works out the knots (calcification of lactic acid in the muscles), and improves blood circulation, digestion and lymphatic drainage by targeting affected areas (i.e. traction, stretching, and counterbalancing) without tiring or straining the region. Consequently, the yoga poses performed in the customized massage sequence, in conjunction with acupressure on the muscles and energy lines, directive breathing (pranayama) techniques, stimulate the parasympathetic nervous system (relaxation response), which triggers the body’s innate natural equilibrium, where self-healing occurs in all the body’s systems (circulatory, respiratory, digestive, lymphatic, immune). •Preventive or relief remedies for common high-tension areas, such as:
lower back pain
hip issues contributing to sciatica and other problems
feet and knee imbalances creating a negative domino effect throughout the body
Recently, we have been witnessing in the global wellness industry, a merging of Eastern and Western philosophies.Professionals are bridging the best from diverse East/West modalities, ancient and contemporary, and creating new, evolved blends of healing modalities. For example, we are seeing contemporary Thai yoga massage applied with ancient Ayurvedic marma point energy massage, along with Ayurvedic nutrition and lifestyle recommendations. Osteopathy and Thai yoga massage fusion is also another emerging approach or referral system being recognized as a complementary way for optimizing mind, body and spiritual healing. Be on the lookout for more trends like those in your neighborhood, as the medical community continues to increasingly advocate meditation, mindfulness, yoga, exercise and clean eating as both preventive and curative prescriptions for excellent health.
About the author:
Gisele Seto (www.setosynergies.com), Global wellness consultant, multidisciplinary bodyworker & teacher, is the published author of “THAI-ing it all up! Beyond trauma, nutrition & holistic bodywork”. She specializes inThai yoga massage training and bodywork via assisted restorative/dynamic yoga postures, meditation, therapeutic breathing, and deep tissue and myofascial release. Gisele’s mission is to help grow therapeutic Thai yoga massage worldwide, expanding upon the same tradition as her late master, Kam Thye Chow. Since 2015, Gisele had been travelling and teaching with Kam, North America’s Thai Massage teaching pioneer and author of several internationally distributed reference books.