Ancient healing art
Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art, originating in northern India over 2,500 years ago. The founder of this form of massage is believed to be Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, who was physician to the Maghada king Bimbisara and a contemporary of Buddha.
Thai yoga massage is based on a belief in a life force that circulates around special pathways in the body. Indian yoga philosophy calls this life force prana. There is said to be a system of 72,000 invisible energy lines in the body, called pranamaya kosha or the “energy body”, that circulate prana. If there is a blockage in any line preventing the free flow of prana, it can lead to aches, pain and disease on a physical, emotional and spiritual level.
Thai yoga massage concentrates on ten important lines, called sip sen or ten sen. By working these ten lines, through the use of gentle palming, thumbing and yoga stretches, health, harmony and balance is restored.
Here you can see a vide of my teacher, Kira Balaskas demonstrating and explaining more about Thai yoga massage.