Thai Yoga Massage or Applied Yoga Therapy is a dynamic hands-on modality
that combines the pressure application techniques of Traditional Thai Massage
with postures and breathe work of classical Hatha yoga. In this unique
system, the practitioner, working one on one, moves a relaxed recipient
through a series of yoga postures while gently stimulating the body’s energy
lines using the Thai pressure application techniques. Throughout the session
there is a dynamic flow of movement as the practitioner with the use of
directed breathing and concentration techniques aids the recipient in bringing
the body and mind back into a state of balance. The final outcomes from these
actions are; muscular tension is reduced, blood circulation is improved,
flexibility and range of movement are increased, and the body and mind are
The main thing that makes learning Thai Yoga Massage unique and different
from other types of bodywork is that it does not ignore the practitioner.
During a session there is a constant returning of one’s awareness to the
self through the use of mindfulness in motion techniques. By realigning
her/his body, regulating the breath and watching the mind the practitioner is
constantly returning to the moment. This heightens the silent communication
that takes place as the recipients body is gently stretched and pulled into
the various postures.
Thai yoga Massage is an excellent means of safely introducing new students,
especially those with certain chronic health issues, to the practice of hatha
yoga. It can be used on others to shorten the recovery period after assorted
muscular or joint injuries or simply be used to take established yoga
practitioners beyond their existing levels of flexibility.
Students in Thai Yoga Massage 1, which is a 32.5 hour course, will learn the
skills to give a 60 to 90 minute Thai Yoga Massage session.
- Touch application techniques that emphasize the use of the practitioners’ body movement and weight to administer pressure.
- Transitional postures that bring awareness to their body’s proper
- Positioning, and assist them to move smoothly from one postural application to the next.
- An introduction to the art of mindfulness in motion that brings a constant awareness of both bodies throughout the session.
- The application of diaphragmatic breathing and how it relates to the flow of the massage.
- Learning approximately 35 specific techniques and postures for a client’s feet, legs, back, arms and hands, shoulders and neck.
Thai Yoga Massage 2 is also a 32.5 hour course which builds onto what is learned in Thai Yoga Massage 1. Students in this course will learn the additional skills to give a 60 to 90 minute customized Thai Yoga Massage session.
- A refined review of the touch application techniques and transitional postures learned in level 1.
- Expanding on the art of mindfulness by learning to listen with our hands to the subtle messages from the recipients’ body as it is being touched and moved.
- Learning approximately 35 additional techniques and postures for a client’s feet, legs, back, arms and hands, shoulders and neck.
- Learning how to determine different body types and their limitations so as to customize a session properly, ensuring that only the most appropriate techniques are used.
- Learning the mechanics of the body and using appropriate stretches to balance the body and to facilitate recuperation from certain injuries.
- Discussing and demonstrating the adaptation of many of these floor techniques to massage on a table.
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