The deonThaiMETHOD of Thai Yoga Therapy is a deeply relaxing and revitalizing form of bodywork that blends assisted Yoga stretches and the techniques of Traditional Thai Massage. This unique and radical approach to energy balancing creates a blissfully integrated experience.
Results typically include a deep release of blocked energy in body and mind, as well as improved spinal alignment, better physical balance, improved joint mobility and increased flexibility. Clients who receive regular treatments also report enhanced mental clarity, deeper sleep, greater endurance and more enjoyment of sports, work and play. Treatments are performed with the client comfortably dressed on a special mat on the floor. Typically, the practitioner will use most of his/her body, including feet, knees, forearms (and hands) to weave together a sophisticated sequence of deeply healing stretches, rhythmic acupressure and gentle rocking moves. Sessions are usually about two hours long, but special open-ended treatments can last for 5 hours or more.
This way of working is characteristic of the Northern, Hill Tribe or Villager Style, rather than the Southern or Royal Style that uses the forearms, hands and thumbs almost exclusively. The client’s body is physically assisted and supported by the practitioner at all times. Sessions are individually tailored to accommodate specific needs and to benefit all, regardless of age, gender, health, level of strength, flexibility or physical fitness. This type of bodywork is done with very close client/therapist interaction and is, when done correctly, suitable for body types of all ages, be they male, female, pregnant, healthy and fit, or tired and drained. The practice is always tailored to suit the individual and personal needs of the client.
NUAD PHAEN BO RARN or Ancient Way of Healing with the Hands, as it is known in Thailand, began its evolution in India, more than two thousand years ago. Shivago Komarpaj, an Indian physician and contemporary of the Buddha Gautama Siddhartha, played a major role in the development of this practice. He is still revered today as the Father Doctor of Traditional Thai Medicine.
TRADITIONAL THAI MASSAGE is a practical application of the Buddhist principle of Metta or loving-kindness, the cornerstone of a quietly effective healing of body, mind and spirit. Elements of Yoga and Ayurveda from India were combined with Shamanic practices from the Hill Tribes of Thailand to harmonize and balance energy flow throughout the body.
THAI YOGA THERAPY consists of a series of interactive, flowing movements, stretches and rhythmic massage, along all the body’s energy lines and pressure points. The often deeply meditative experience can result in a profound release from mental and physical stress. The practice can be quite stimulating when performed vigorously, causing the same after-exercise, blissed-out feeling of a good Yoga class. Or, it can be done gently, in a more soothing manner, depending on the restorative needs or mood of the client.
In loving memory of my dear friend Christina Koski. She passed away from breast cancer about four years after these photos were taken. RIP my friend.