the art of thai massage
Thai Massage, also known as Nuad Boran, is an ancient form of therapy that integrates elements of massage, yoga, Ayurveda, and martial arts into a bodywork session specifically designed for each individual. The benefits of Thai Massage are vast - it has the capacity to relieve physical tension, relax the mind, and clear any stagnant energy residing in the body, resulting in better health and a more peaceful state of awareness. Learn more about Thai Massage.
Samadhi Healing Arts is committed to sharing with the world the transformational effects of Thai Massage and other forms of therapeutic bodywork and somatic practices - whether it be through private sessions, certification programs and educational workshops, or through academic lectures.
Core principles of thai massage
Mettā: Mettā is a Pali word that translates to "loving-kindness." Whenever the great Thai Massage master Asokananda was asked, "What is Thai Massage?" his response was always the same: "Thai Massage is giving mettā." What makes Thai Massage so powerful and effective is the ability of the practitioner to maintain a state of heart-centered mindfulness and presence as they are giving to the recipient.
Body Mechanics: Central to the art of giving Thai Massage is the practitioner's ability to move around the client with grace and efficiency. The practitioner uses his or her entire body to work and must maintain healthy body mechanics and develop fluid transitions between each stance so that the work feels relaxing and comfortable for the recipient. The practitioner's movements from one stance to the next creates a subtle dance between the giver and the receiver - the more comfortable the practitioner is while giving, the more the recipient is able to enter into a state of peaceful surrender and deep relaxation.
Rocking: Rocking is a specific Thai massage technique in which the practitioner applies rhythmic compression in order to relieve muscle and joint tension, and to clear the energy lines of the body. The rocking can be performed in such a way that it is either stimulating (faster, more intense motions), grounding (slow and deep motions), or supportive (gentle and relaxed motions), depending on client needs and their individual physical/emotional constitutions. This rocking technique affects the nervous system in a very nurturing way - it enables the recipient to surrender to the innate rhythm of their body and to the rhythmic energies that surround them, bringing them into a more balanced and connected state of awareness with themselves and their environment.
SEN LINES and MARMA POINTS: MAPPING THE BODY
At Samadhi Healing Arts, we offer an integrative form of Thai Massage that places emphasis on its Ayurvedic and yogic roots. In the traditional Thai medicine system, the body is mapped by a series of energetic pathways called sen lines, and it is along these lines that we focus within a Thai Massage session. The traditional medicine system of India, called Ayurveda, maps the body according to energetically charged points, known as marma points, which are very similar in theory to the Chinese acupuncture points. During a Thai Massage treatment, every touch, every hold, is intentionally placed along these lines and points, adding a profound depth to this work. Learn more about Marma Point Therapy.
"In ancient Vedic times, marma points were called bindu - a dot, secret dot, or mystic point. Like a door or pathway, activating a marma point opens into the inner pharmacy of the body. The body is a silent, universal, biochemical laboratory—operating every moment to interpret and transform arising events. Touching a marma point changes the body’s biochemistry and can unfold radical, alchemical change in one’s makeup. Stimulation of these inner pharmacy pathways signals the body to produce exactly what it needs, including hormones and neurochemicals that heal the body, mind and consciousness. This deep dimension of marma therapy has the potential to unfold spiritual healing." - Dr. Vasant Lad