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Career Information: Thai Bodywork


Thai Bodywork

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Short Definition
Based on the northern style of traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Boran), Thai Yoga Bodywork is a sacred healing treatment that integrates Yoga, Ayurveda (the Indian healing method that means "science of life"), and Buddhism.

Expanded Information
The theoretical foundation of Thai Yoga Bodywork lies in the concept that all of life at its most basic level is energy. This energy, called Prana in Sanskrit (Chi in Chinese), exists in many forms from the extremely gross to the infinitely subtle. Within the human body these energies flow along a network of channels or lines (nadis or meridians). In the Yoga tradition there are said to be 72,000 nadis. Each has a specific function and energy that it deals with. The three main lines energetically are the Sushumna (rising straight up through the center of the spine) and the Ida and Pingala nadis which weave their way upwards on either side of the spine and intersect at each chakra.

Health in eastern philosophies is regarded as a state of balance between these energies, where all the systems of the body, including mind and spirit, function in harmony with each other. Disease is seen as imbalance or disharmony in this flow of energies. Thai Yoga Bodywork aims at stimulating the flow of healing energies within the body, opening the areas which are blocked and bringing the body, mind and spirit back into balance and harmony.

What Can Thai Yoga Bodywork Do for Me?
This one-on-one treatment intends to help receivers release blocked areas and stimulates the flow of healing energies within the mind, body, and spirit. From chronic pain to emotional stress to bodywork in general, Thai Yoga helps balance and restore a state of harmony that leads to health, happiness, and wellness of being. Whether you have a yoga practice or not, this healing therapy will leave you feeling refreshed, rested, and alive.

Benefits for the Receiver

• releases stress and tension

• increases flexibility, suppleness & vital energy

• deeply relaxing

• relieves pain and soreness

• brings the systems of the body into balance

• increases blood and lymph flow

• releases emotional blocks

• supports one's yoga practice

• excellent therapy for common injuries and ailments

• deepens the connection between mind, body and spirit

Benefits for the Practitioner

• enhances meditation and concentration

• awakens compassion and loving kindness

• deepens the connection of mind, body and spirit

What is Thai Yoga Bodywork Session Like?
A typical Thai Yoga session lasts between one to two full hours. Receivers lay on a large futon designed specifically for Thai massage. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. As you will be receiving bodywork, you may cool off, and layers are recommended. Your feet will be bare. Then just lay back and relax!

Source: http://www.thaiyogabodywork.com/tyb.html