Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted/ rhythmic stretching. The founding father of Thai massage was an Ayurvedic doctor named Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, who is revered still in Thailand as the “father of medicine”. Born in India during the time of the Buddha, he is noted in ancient documents for his extraordinary medical skills, his knowledge of herbal medicine, and for having treated important people for his day, including the Buddha himself.
Shelley’s introduction to Thai Massage began in 1999, while working with Yosel Tarnofsky. She then studied with Saul David Raye, and is fortunate to study annually with the brilliant Christopher Ray.
Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions. The recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the giver and receiver, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.
The recipient of the massage wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that are also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures. This type of bodywork is wonderful for releasing blocked energy, assists healing for old injuries, and can often help with chronic pain.
The massage generally follows designated lines (“sen”) in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging. 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 knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back, and moving the recipient’s body into many different positions. The procedure and rhythm to the massage is specific to the needs of the receiver…no session is exactly alike! Thai massage is incredibly grounding, calming, and healing not only for your body, but for your mind and spirit.
We offer healing Thai Yoga Massage in our private studio in Manhattan Beach. Please call or email Shelley for an appointment and current fees.