Book a Thai yoga massage

Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art, also known as Nuad Pen Boran or simply Thai massage, Thai treatment or Thai massage therapy, and its popularity in the West is growing rapidly!

It combines acupressure work with applied yoga stretches to rebalance energy and detoxify the system. Sometimes referred to as “lazy man’s yoga” or “applied Hatha yoga.” It also helps the body become more flexible and relaxed. Essentially an energy body therapy, Thai yoga massage is based upon yogic prana theory. We influence the channels (sen lines or nadis) through which prana (our essential energy) flows, in order to clear blockages and maintain the free flow of prana throughout the energetic body.

The massage is also typified by a choreographed series of yoga based stretches to work the body and loosen the joints. The massage quite often resembles a kind of dance, with the practitioner in a meditative frame of mind, moving smoothly and rhythmically, whilst working with the recipient’s body. During the massage, we work specific energy lines using our hands, feet and elbows and stretch the body into various yoga like postures. This all helps to release energetic blockages, balance energy and improve flexibility.

Thai yoga massage shares a common heritage with yoga, having been developed over 2,500 years ago in India. The Northern style massage practiced and taught by Gareth and Chantal, can typically last for around two hours. This is unlike the southern style Thai massage which is usually shorter and has fewer yoga related stretches. Unlike other forms of massage, Thai yoga massage takes place with the recipient fully clothed on a futon on the floor. It is an holistic and truly ‘full-body’ treatment, from back to front, side to side, top of the head to the tips of the fingers and toes.

What to expect

Typical routine (unless you’re pregnant)

You begin lying on your back and we work from the feet, up the front of the body, working energy lines using therapeutic pressure points and appropriate yoga stretches. Then rolling onto one side, then the other, you may be carefully stretched, twisted and sometimes lifted, before moving onto your front so we can work all the way up the back of your body. After working the back, you may be put into a seated position so we can access your shoulders and neck before moving on to your head for an Indian head massage like finish.

By the end of the treatment, you are likely to feel both relaxed and energised, but that’s not where it ends. The effects of the massage are likely to last up to 4-5 days while toxins leave your body, the energetic balancing takes place and your muscles and joints respond to the workout they’ve had.

Is Thai yoga massage suitable for me?  Thai yoga massage is suitable for EVERYONE!

To book a Thai yoga massage therapy in and around the Cheltenham area please contact...

Chantal Rafferty    07910 530060