|The stretching movements in Thai Massage affect the entire body by increasing flexibility, releasing both deep and superficial tension and helping the body’s natural energy flow more freely. The effect of these stretching movements, in which the receiver plays only a passive role, is similar to Yoga. This style of Thai Massage is often referred to as “Passive Yoga, Yoga done for you, or Lazy man’s Yoga.” The result is an opening of the body which leaves one feeling both relaxed and energized at the same time. Because soft tissue manipulation is a subordinate part of Thai Massage, the receiver remains fully clothed except for the feet. The work itself consists primarily of pressure on energy lines and points and a large variety of stretching movements which are combined in a comprehensive strategy.
||The Thai word “Nuad” normally translates to, “Massage.” However, this is very different from the tissue manipulation which we usually associate with this word in the context of Western practice. It is more accurate to associate Nuad Bo-Rarn Thai Massage or Northern Style Thai Massage with body manipulation such as Rolfing, Alexander Technique, Shiatsu, Chiropractic etc. Nuad Bo-Rarn stands apart from these as a unique tradition. Thai Massage is performed on a mat on the floor rather than a raised table. This allows for many movements and procedures that are not practical or effective on a table or simply can’t be done on a table. It allows for the most effective use of the practitioner’s body weight rather than muscular force for the transmission of pressure, force or energy, which creates a highly therapeutic effect.