What is Thai Massage?
"Thai Yoga Massage" or "Thai Massage" is known as ‘Nuard Boran’ in Thailand. It is a Healing Art native to Thailand and comes from Theraveda Buddhism and Buddhist medicine. One does not need to be a Buddhist to practice this method, however it is acknowledged that the technique has its roots in India and made its way to Thailand when the knowledge of Buddhism, Yoga and Aryuveda spread to Asia about 2500 years ago.
It could be more accurate to call this medicine by its traditional name of Nuard Boran, or ‘Ancient Way of Healing with The Hands’, this is because its approach and technique differs considerably to what is commonly understood as massage or massage therapy.
A Thai Massage session incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, rhythmic compression, acupressure, massage of the meridian lines and dynamic yoga stretches which are all used to create a singular healing experience.
Thai Massage is based entirely on principles of energy balancing and works with energy lines to create harmony of the Koshas: body, breath, mind, intellect, ego, memory, emotions, and Self.
In Theravada Buddhism, the word ‘Metta’ is used to denote 'loving kindness' as well as ‘ProMiiWihan Sii’ which can be translated to the ‘Four Divine or States of Mind without limitation’. These ‘Four Divine Sates’ are Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. As long as these qualities are transmitted and exemplified during a Thai Massage session, we can say that it was good and successful.
A truly good practitioner performs their art in a meditative mood. The therapist may start with a ‘Puja’, a meditative prayer, to fully center themselves on the healing they are about to perform. The therapist must work in a state of full awareness, mindfulness and concentration.
After a session clients report feeling energised, relaxed, de-stressed ,relief from Chronic pain and fatigue and a general lasting sense of well-being.
Thai Massage is the fourth branch in Traditional Thai Medicine and recognized by the government of Thailand as an official healing system and is practiced within hospitals. The technique can be used for therapeutic purposes to heal numerous specific ailments as well as achieve deep relaxation.
School of Authentic Thai Yoga Massage,
Capricorn Beach, Muizenberg