Many of the movements performed during the massage are very much like classical asanas in yoga. No previous yoga experience is needed to treat yourself to this nurturing method of healing done on a mat in loose comfortable clothing. Through deep muscle stretching, joint release, and an emphasis on the breath – this massage therapy opens your body and clears your mind, energizes, relaxes, stretches and strengthens. Private sessions only.
Sessions: 1 hour $85.00 1.5 hours $100.00
“The root teachings of Thai Yoga Bodywork are in yoga, Ayurveda, and Buddhist practices, so it’s a sister art of yoga. You physically manipulate energy channels, the same meridians you work on in a yoga class or acupuncture session, according to a person’s constitution and unique needs. You clear the channels to stimulate someone’s prana flow to increase vitality. It’s like having a yoga class done on you.”
- Saul David Raye
THE ART OF TRADITIONAL THAI YOGA MASSAGE
Traditional Thai yoga massage can look back at a long history of therapeutic healing. If one traces the evolution of the techniques of healing-massage practiced in Thailand, one discovers the astonishing fact that the earliest roots of Thai massage lie not in Thailand but in India. The legendary founder of the art is believed to have been a doctor from northern India. Known as Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, he was a contemporary of the Buddha and personal physician to the Magadha King Bimbisara over 2,500 years ago. The teachings of Kumar Bhaccha probably reached what is now Thailand at the same time as Buddhism – as early as the 3rd or 2nd century B.C.
The theoretical foundation of Thai massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body. The Indian origin and influence is obvious here since the background of this theory clearly lies in Yoga philosophy. Yoga philosophy states that life energy (called Prana) is absorbed with the air we breathe and with the food we eat. Along a network of energy lines, the Prana Nadis, the human being is then supplied with this vital energy. Out of these energy lines Thai massage has selected 10 mainlines on which there are especially important acupressure points. Massaging these lines and points makes it possible to treat a whole range of diseases or to relieve pain. The 10 mainlines are sufficient to conduct practical treatment for the whole body and its internal organs. Disturbances in the flow of energy result in an insufficient supply of Prana, which will in turn lead to sickness. Working on the energy lines with massage can break the blockades, stimulate the free flow of Prana, and help to restore general well- being.
by Asokananda…Sunshine Massage School in Thailand
“I have had the transformational pleasure of working with Kim in the setting of yoga class and by receiving serial Thai Yoga Bodywork sessions. My experience with Kim’s unconditional love and seasoned expertise has launched my wellness program to a much higher and deeper level. I have gone to places in my body that I never thought possible at this time of my life. She is a beautiful ally in helping me live a healthier, rich and happy life!”
“Kim and her Yoga Chandra have begun to change my life. In the short time (3 months) that I have experienced her style of yoga (Thai yoga bodywork and yoga therapy), my whole body can do things I thought were past for me. My legs have especially benefited and I’m thinking of starting a campaign to have Medicare cover the cost. In the long run it would be well worth the initial cost. Kim and her easy, spiritual approach has enriched my life.”
- Carolyn, age 68