Yoga massage – an effective technique for increasing range of motion and eliminating muscle tension
Yoga massage is an ancient art of healing
The first roots of this massage are discovered in India. It is believed that the legendary founder was a doctor from northern India. Known as Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, he was a contemporary of Buddha and personal physician to King Magadha Bimbisara, over 2,500 years ago. The teachings of Kumar Bhaccha then came to Thailand, at the same time as Buddhism, as early as the 3rd or 2nd century BC, this type of massage being also known as Yoga Thai massage.
The importance of energy flow through the body
The foundation of the massage is based on the energy lines that flow through the body. The philosophy of yoga states that the energy of life (Prana) is absorbed through the air we breathe and the foods we eat. The vital energy circulates along a network of energy lines, Prana Nadis. From these energetic lines, Yoga massage has selected 10 main lines “Sen lines” on which there are particularly important acupressure points.
Massaging these lines and points makes it possible to treat a whole series of diseases or to relieve pain. The 10 main lines are sufficient to perform effective treatment for the whole body and its internal organs. The circulatory disorders that occur in the energy flow cause an insufficient supply of Prana, which will lead to illness. By acting on the energy lines through Yoga massage the blockages that have occurred can be removed, the free flow of Prana energy is stimulated, the general well-being can be restored.
A spiritual practice performed in a meditative state
Yoga massage has always been considered a spiritual practice closely related to the teachings of the Buddha and the yoga teachings. A professional masseuse, specialized in the art of this massage, will begin the massage session with a meditative prayer, in order to focus fully on the massage, on the healing that is to be performed. She acts with full awareness and concentration, developing an intuition for the energy flow in the body. Yoga massage acts on the energetic body. The massaging of the muscles is absent from this massage. Focus points are pressed, slow stretches are used, exercises inspired by Hatha Yoga body postures, asanas. The stretching movements used act on the entire body of the receiver and improve flexibility, releasing both superficial and deep muscle tension.
Benefits of Yoga massage
Yoga massage is an effective technique for relieving muscle pain and tension, full extension of the whole body to calm the muscles, increase flexibility, improve range of motion, deep relaxation and ease of stress, increase energy level, improve circulation and lymphatic flow, increased athletic ability due to muscular stretch. A Yoga massage session is indicated to get physical and mental relaxation, it is indicated for both athletes and people who work in the office and for all those who could use a little stretching and movement in their daily activities.