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What is Thai Yoga Massage?

Updated: Jan 11, 2023

Traditional Thai Massage, or Thai Yoga Massage as it’s commonly called, is an ancient form of body work from Thailand with an integrative and holistic approach. This practice was developed over 2,500 years ago in ancient Thai temples by healers. It takes its roots from yoga and ancient ayurvedic practices. It combines many different massage therapy techniques such as reflexology, heat therapy and compresses, stretching, acupressure, mindfulness and aromatherapy.

The practice focuses on Thai energy lines (sen lines), key muscle structures, the nervous system, and fascia – our connective tissues. It is deeply relaxing, but also extremely functional. It is sometimes referred to as Thai Sports Massage.

This ancient and beautiful therapy is extremely effective for athletes, while relaxing and safe enough for just about anyone. The practice was originally founded by Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a doctor from Northern India, who was a private physician to Buddha.


Thai Yoga Massage is performed by a massage therapist that has been thoroughly trained and is experienced in this ancient art. It can be conducted on a massage table, or more traditionally on a Thai floor mat. In the session the practitioner guides the client through a series of adapted yoga poses and stretches while palming and compressing along the body’s energy lines and pressure points. Together this creates a comprehensive full-body treatment that:

  • feels amazing,

  • reduces stress,

  • relieves muscle tension,

  • improves circulation,

  • boosts the immune system,

  • improves mobility and range of motion,

  • and balances the body’s energy.

During the session the client remains lightly clothed (biker shorts, leggings, sports bra, etc.). Thai herbal compresses and heat are also used to enhance relaxation and release muscle tension.

- Erik

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