Thai Yoga Massage with Naoko – 10/27/13
October 27th, 1:00 – 6:00pm
Thai Yoga Massage Techniques with Naoko Tatematsu
Imagine your spine lengthening, hips opening, shoulders releasing, all without doing a thing. This is the beauty of a Thai yoga massage, an ancient healing art that is said to date back to the time of the Buddha. Thai yoga massage can feel like a nurturing, effortless yoga practice in which your partner moves your body in and out of postures, enticing your muscles into gentle stretches and your mind into deep relaxation.
The receiver may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the massage. The body will be energized and rejuvenated after the massage.
The massage practitioner leans on the recipient’s body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows the Sen lines on the body—somewhat analogous to Meridians or Chanels and Indian Nadis. Legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action.
A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and arching the recipient into bhujangasana (cobra pose). There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the practitioner will adjust to fit each individual client.
- Class starts with a yoga practice, and then for the remainder of this blissful workshop learn Thai yoga massage techniques from Naoko Tatematsu .