Thai Massage

Thai massage, also known as Thai yoga massage, or nuad boran in Thai, is an ancient traditional healing modality based on a synthesis of Ayurveda, yoga, and Buddhism.

Provided by Gig Wisuporn, and Aeed Chantawee
Sessions held in the Healing Arts Building.

Combining acupressure, energy meridian work, and assisted stretching, Thai massage is different from what Westerners have come to think of as “massage.” There is no oil or massage table. Instead, the client remains fully clothed and passive on a mattress on the floor. It is, in a way, like having yoga done to you, as the therapist moves the client through various positions, many resembling yoga postures, using the combined leverage of the therapist and client’s body weights to stretch and open the limbs, joints, and spine.

Massage stimulates the circulatory and lymphatic systems through applied pressure. In the case of Thai massage, this pressure comes from applied body weight, not hand strength. A Thai massage therapist also makes use of the human energy system – that network of energy lines known as nadis, meridians, or sen lines, depending on the tradition – that forms the subtle substructure of the physical form. It is in this system that disease originates and can be best anticipated and resolved. Experienced Thai therapists and clients alike come to understand Thai massage as primarily energy, rather than body, work – which is not to say that the body won’t feel great after a session.

An average Thai massage lasts about an hour and is a complete and comprehensive treatment, moving methodically through the body. Longer sessions are also available, as are answers to any questions you may have.