Thai bodywork, also called Thai Yoga massage, has a unique character that is both relaxing and invigorating. It is a combination of passive Yoga stretching, Acupressure, Reflexology, energy work, and Meditation. The Thai practitioner uses his/her thumb, palm, elbow, knee, and foot pressure to create a very unique healing art, which the Thais often refer to as energy medicine. Thai bodywork is more than passive yoga. Its profound effect releases tension, increases vitality, relaxes and revitalizes the entire body. Thai massage is unmatched in its ability to open joints and increase range of motion and flexibility.
Thai Massage is traditionally performed with the receiver lying on a floor mat wearing loose, comfortable clothing. This gives the practitioner leverage and the ability to use his/her body very effectively to facilitate deep muscle stretching and joint release, as well as point pressure, to open the body’s subtle energy channels. Therapists are trained to respect everyone’s varied amount of flexibility and can therefore benefit the limber, as well as those who are not very limber, by stretching everyone to their own personal limits. It is a very thorough treatment, treating the whole body, lasting for 1½ hours or 2 hours.
The work is rhythmic and meditative, enabling both the client and practitioner to voyage together into deeper realms of consciousness and tranquility. The focus is balance and to create wholeness of body, mind and spirit.
Upon completion of coursework in Thai bodywork from an accredited program, which might require 500 hours of training and practice, optional board certification is available. Alternatively one can sit for a personal competency review exam administered by the ITTA Board of Examiners (NBTBE).