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What is Thai Yoga Massage?

Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) is an ancient healing art that has its roots in the Indian systems of Ayuverda and Yoga. It was bought to Thailand some 2,500 years ago and was used to treat the Thai Royal Family. During the massage, the therapist uses their hands, elbows and feet to apply pressure to certain points on the body and to carry out assisted (passive) yoga stretches. The massage is very meditative, with the therapist practising metta (the physical application of loving kindness) and mindfulness during each session.

How it works

TYM is based on the theory that wellbeing and optimum health depends on energy flowing freely throughout the body. When we are blocked energetically, we experience discomfort, illness and disease. TYM works to release blockages in our energy system by working on the sip sen (or 10 sen), the major energy lines of the body (although the TYM system actually recognises around 72,000 energy lines). Through manipulation and assisted stretching, TYM seeks to remove blockages, allowing energy to flow freely again, restoring a sense of emotional and physical balance, increasing energy levels and inducing a sense of calm and wellbeing.

The benefits

TYM treats ailments such as headache, knee pain, back, shoulder and neck pain, premenstrual tension and others. The treatment improves flexibility, relaxes, restores and energises.

The experience 

TYM is a full body massage, starting at the feet and working all the way up to finish with a head massage. Oil is not used during the massage, except (if the client likes) for the final head and neck massage. The client lies on a comfortable mat on the floor and is fully clothed throughout the massage. A full Thai Yoga Massage lasts around 2 hours.
Everyone experiences TYM differently, some people report feeling immediately energised, others feel a deep sense of relaxation and stillness. In all cases, the full benefit of the  energetic rebalancing takes up to a week to manifest.

Costs and Booking

Full body massage: £90
Block of 5 massages: £400 (to be used within 6 months of date of purchase)
Harbour Yogis with a monthly pass receive 10% off massage treatments.
Gift vouchers available
Sessions available Mon – Fri am or pm. Contact Vicky to book (07967 088519 or vicky@harbouryoga.co.uk)

Testimonials

‘I was really impressed by the quality of Vicky’s massage. I felt in safe hands and very relaxed. It was much firmer than I imagined so at times felt like a sports massage but with plenty of space in between those moment to drift into a sleepy state. The pressure was prefect for me as I like to feel a firm touch but be able to relax. I was surprised by how deep the pressure points felt and I really enjoyed the time spent on my feet at the beginning. The body twists and upper body stretches were done steadily and confidently. I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it and I feel fantastic and have loads of energy!’
Floss

‘I have been lucky enough to experience two Thai, yoga massages from Vicky. The whole experience is wonderful from beginning to end. Vicky is so caring and present and her studio is a haven of relaxation. The treatment itself is exquisitely relaxing, it left me feeling calm and energised afterwards. Vicky has thought of every detail, from lots of comfortable props to delicious cucumber water afterwards. I would highly recommend it. I will certainly be back for more!’
Charlotte