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Thai Bodywork

Thai Bodywork

Thai Bodywork gives the benefits of massage, yoga, and energy work in one holistic healing treatment. It is an ancient healing art form practiced in Thailand. Traditionally given on a floor mat with clients fully clothed, Thai bodywork is a whole-body treatment. It’s a combination of extensive stretching and movement with meridian work, combining the best of yoga and energy one in one.

It’s Origin

Thai Bodywork is an ancient healing art from practiced in Thailand, where the Thai people call it Nuat Boran.  Boran means “ancient,” in the sense of “classic,” not just “old,” and Nuat is often unfortunately translated as “massage”.  But Nuat Boran is so different from what we think of as “massage” that I prefer to call it “bodywork” or by its real name Nuat Boran. In the villages in Thailand, the maw nuat, the “bodywork doctor,” was the main healer: the medical doctor, chiropractor, and herbalist all in one, functioning more like a doctor of acupuncture or osteopath – doing much more than we massage therapists are licensed to do here.

How it is Completed

Traditional Thai Bodywork is done on a thick mat on the floor with the recipient in flexible, comfortable clothing. When necessary, Thai massage has been adapted for the sessions to be done on a massage table. This form of bodywork differs from the traditional Swedish style in that it does not use kneading of the muscles to elicit physical and emotional relaxation. Instead, practitioners use their palms, fingers, elbows and even their feet to apply pressure to various points on the body along with rhythmic compressions and gentle rocking. This pressure is used to stimulate an acupressure point. In western terms, acupressure will stimulate the nervous system to induce a positive response, like helping a muscle relax and allowing the brain to release chemicals that improve one’s emotional state. In eastern terms, acupressure will help the body remove energy blockages in the chakras, marmas, sen lines or meridians(areas or channels that hold energy).

Stretches and breath work are also a primary element. Many resemble actual yoga poses. Which is why this form of bodywork is also called Thai Yoga massage. Imagine lying peaceful on a comfortable mat while someone else does all the work. A Yoga class where the recipient doesn’t even break a sweat. These stretches or “asanas” help increase flexibility, and range of motion while helping the recipient de-stress. Some clients may be concerned that they are not flexible enough to enjoy Thai Bodywork. No worries. Practitioners work within the comfort level of the client, always respecting each recipient as an individual. Alternatively, recipients that have either a regular yoga or exercise practice will see even more benefits to their regular routines.

Thai Bodywork Benefits:

  • Enhances your practice of yoga, pilates, and other physical modalities
  • Balances the body’s energy pathways
  • Increases resistance to injury
  • Relieves pain due to arthritis, stress, and overworked muscles
  • Improves range of motion
  • Releases lactic acid and other toxins from areas of accumulation
  • Tones internal organs
  • Increases energy and peaceful alertness
  • Enriches emotional calming and deep relaxation
  • Deepens the connection between the mind and body.

At Lexington Center for Acupuncture, Massage & Reiki, Thai Bodywork is performed by Heather Bullock, LMT. You may contact her at 859-595-2381 or contact us.