What is Thai Yoga Massage?


Thai Yoga Massage is an energy work therapy that originated in Thailand. In its country of origin is called Nuat Phaen Boran or Nuat Thai.

Its roots reach back to the traditional forms of healing practised for centuries by the local healers. Its principles are influenced by indigenous Thai medicine, Chinese medicine, Yoga, Ayurveda and Buddhism.

This form of healing works according to the principles of a network of energy lines (sen) and the body’s energy (lom). Through the relaxation or stimulation of the lom – the therapist frees the energy and helps to restart the natural healing processes influencing the client’s body and mind.

This practice is quite different from other forms of western massage as there’s no oil used, the client remains clothed during the treatment, and the therapist uses the mattress on the floor rather than a massage table. It involves acupressure and yoga-like stretching. Some people describe this therapy as “someone doing yoga to you”.

Clinical trials have shown that Thai Yoga Massage can decrease stress, treat back pain, prevent bone degeneration, increase range of motion and muscular strength, and contribute to psychological well-being. Areas of ongoing research include Thai Yoga Massage’s ability to improve circulation, flexibility and muscle tone.

This therapy is especially suitable for those who are stiff, sore and tired from over-exertion in work or sports. However, people with serious physical problems should consult their qualified medical professional before taking a Thai Yoga Massage therapy course. It’s not intended to cure diseases of internal organs, chronic injuries and degenerative conditions, even if the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage can be really wonderful.

If you want to learn more about the benefits of Thai Yoga Massage – you may read the next article: Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage. From the intuitive act of healing to scientific research.


Published by Paulius Savickas

Yoga and Meditation teacher, Thai Yoga massage therapist, Pranic healer

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