Thai Yoga Massage is a clothed, full body ancient healing massage that improves flexibility and relaxes, restores and energises the body.
TYM is believed to have been created by, Jīvaka Komārabhacca, the Buddha's physician. Not much is known about the history of Thai Massage as when the Burmese invaded Thailand they burnt and destroyed much of the nations history including nearly everything related to Thai Massage.
What we think of as Thai Yoga Massage today, is a fusion of Indian Yogic and Ayuvedic practices, acupressure and assisted yoga postures. Essentially the receiver completely relaxes into the mat while the practitioner manipulates their body into gentle but deep yoga stretches while also accessing and harmonising various energy channels in the body.
In TYM we work with the sip sen, which are 10 major energy channels - they are similar to, but not quite the same as, the energy channels used in Chinese Acupunture and Shiatsu Massage.
All photographs by Luca Piffaretti