Sunday, November 11, 2012

Thai Massage

After the first 10 hours.....I was in Thai Massage bliss.
This weekend I was fortunate to take a 20 hour massage seminar at Myotherapy College. It was fantastic! This has been my favorite massage modality that I have learned yet. I think one reason I connect to it so much is that it comes from India and it is based off the Ayurvedic system which I have been studying through yoga for the past 8 years.

Thai massage is considered a sacred work and really integrates mind body and spirit. One important aspect is the 4 divine states of mind that is the goal of life, spirituality and this form of body work. These are emotional states to be strived for. Practicing and developing these divine emotions, will cultivate a peaceful and patient daily life practice.

4 Divine States of Mind (from Anguttara Nikaya 3.65):
  1. Loving Kindness(Metta):  is a soft, gently affection and care for all others and YOURSELF. 
  2. Compassion (Karuna):  caring for everyone. Trying to understand where another person may be coming from.
  3. Vicarious Joy (Mudita): the ability to be happy when you see others happy. Their joy becomes your joy without jealousy.
  4. Equanimity (Upekkha): seeing everyone is equal. Their is no one who is more important then another. We are people among people.
Benefits of Thai Massage:

  • Deepens spiritual insights.
  • Helps client feel spiritually at home in their body.
  • Balances the Pranic flow between the Spiritual countenance and physical body.
  • Gives a feeling of oneness with Divine!
  • Relaxes obsessive thinking/worry, relieves mental fatigue.
  • Can assist client in the release of emotional blocks.
  • Usually induces theta brainwaves.
  • Connects Mental, Emotional, Spiritual aspects of the psyche.
  • Deep myo facial release.
  • Stimulates circulation and lymphatic flow (I can't think of any system of the body that Thai Massage does not benefit).
  • Increases range of motion. Releases joint pain and soreness.
  • Improves the digestive function.

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