• Kelly

So, Why Thai?

If you have never tried Thai Yoga Bodywork, you may be wondering what all of the fuss is about. Thai Yoga is an ancient practice, developed over 2,500 years ago. I was first exposed to the practice by a friend, my masseuse. Recently, I have completed my first training in this ancient bodywork and am anticipating my next training.

Thai Yoga has been likened to a combination of yoga class, massage, and acupuncture all in one session. The practice works along the Sen lines, or energy lines in the body in an effort to release any blocked energy. The practitioner uses his/her thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees, and feet to manipulate the recipient's body into postures that stretch the muscles and open the joints. The recipient is largely passive throughout the practice. One of my clients noted that she felt as if she had had a massage and a yoga class, all without exerting any effort.

For the recipient, many physical and psychological benefits of Thai can be seen after the initial session. Physically the practice increases mobility in the joints, flexibility in the muscles, improves balance and posture, increases blood circulation, lowers blood pressure, and relaxes the entire body. Mentally, Thai brings about a calm and centered mind, improved emotional stability, decreased anxiety and stress, heightened body awareness, and improved sleep. Other benefits my own clients have reported include clarity of thought, deeper perception of energy moving in the body, and improved self-confidence.

The practitioner also experiences numerous health benefits. Loving kindness is a meditation practice used during this bodywork; the Thai practitioner may enjoy a sense of calm as if meditating. Those practicing Thai may notice all of the benefits of a yoga class, including increased strength, flexibility, and balance.

Self-care is an important aspect of our modern lives. Regularly scheduling time for ourselves to care for our bodies and minds becomes increasingly important as our days become more full. Thai Bodywork is a fabulous addition to any self-care regimen.

(photo by Lilies of the Field Photography)