What is Thai Yoga Massage?

 

Thai Yoga Massage, or Traditional Thai Massage, has roots in the wider Indian

traditions of Ayurveda and yoga as well as ancient Buddhist traditions. It is a

holistic therapy that aims to balance the body's energy system, by working on ten

main meridians, or lines, that run throughout the body, known as the Ten Sen.

Sophia trained with Ralf Marzen at the Mudita School of Thai Yoga Massage, and

has since returned to complete three advanced courses, in Dynamic Thai Yoga

Massage - Rhythm and Rocking techniques (which allow her to work in a more

fluid way, using gentle rocking to encourage deeper relaxation and release of

tension in the body and energy systems) the second in Treating Upper Back, Neck

and Shoulder Pain, and the third in working with the feet in Thai yoga Massage. 

 

 

What are the benefits?

This type of bodywork has numerous benefits. By releasing any blockages and allowing

the energy to flow freely through the body, this treatment can help improve posture,

flexibility, breathing, digestion and circulation. It can also help address conditions such

as headaches, shoulder pain, and back pain. Treatments are relaxing and can leave

people with a sense of peace.

 


 

What does a treatment look like?

Treatments are given on a firm futon on the floor with the client wearing soft

comfortable clothing that allows movement. The practitioner uses his or her thumbs,

palms, elbows and feet to apply a mixture of acupressure, gentle twisting, joint and

spine mobilisations and assisted yoga stretching. The therapist uses their own

body weight instead of strength, and works with a meditative pace. Sophia has also

 completed training in advanced dynamic techniques, that allow a gentle rocking to be

 added to a treatment, encouraging the body to completely let go of tension and relax

 more deeply. Each treatment can be tailored to meet the individual needs of the client,

so the balance of acupressure and stretching will vary for each person and each

treatment. It has been described as 'like having yoga done to you' or like a flowing

dance.

 

How can I book an appointment?

Friday mornings at The Summertown Clinic (to book please call 01865 558561).

From the 12th July appointments will be available on Wednesday afternoons

at the Bonn Square Therapy Rooms, call Sophia on 07775831094 to book.

If you have any questions about this type of massage and its suitability for you

please contact sophiaargyris@hotmail.com.

 

"I recently went to Sophia for my first Thai yoga massage and have already recommended her to my friends! Sophia works in a quiet confident way that allows you to feel completely at ease. The massage was an incredibly positive experience, which released the tension from my whole body and in particular my shoulders and neck, which are my problem areas. It left me feeling relaxed and energised, with the same positive feelings that a really good yoga practice can engender." T.L 

"A really deep and relaxing massage which targets areas of tension and tightness like no other treatment. Blissful!"