Thai Yoga Massage or Thai Massage, called Nuard Boran in Thai, is a Healing Art native to Thailand. It comes from Theraveda Buddhism and Buddhist medicine. One does not need to be a Buddhist to practice it. It has its roots in India and made its way to Thailand when Buddhism, Yoga and Aryuveda spread to Asia about 2500 years ago. The name means "Ancient Way of Healing with The Hands”, and is a different technique to western massage.
Thai Yoga and or Thai Massage is a system of movement education (Yoga) based entirely on principles of energy balancing. It works with energy lines (Sen, Lom), Tri-Dosha, and energy centers (Chakra) to create harmony of the Koshas (body, breath, mind, intellect, ego, memory, emotions, and Self). It incorporates elements of mindfulness, gentle rocking, deep stretching, rhythmic compression, Acupressure, massage of the meridian lines, and dynamic yoga Stretches.
Thai Massage is the fourth branch in Traditional Thai Medicine. It is 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.
Two types of Thai Massage:
- Common Thai Massage which uses thumbs, fingers, hand, heel of hand, elbow, arm, knee, foot in the technique.
- Royal Thai Massage which uses only hand, mostly thumb and sometimes heel of hand techniques. The receiver does not lie face down.