Shelley Smith is a Certified Thai Yoga Practitioner with the London School of Thai Yoga Massage, Shelley is also a Master Pilates Teacher with the Body Control Pilates™ Association, UK’s leading professional body for Pilates teachers. REPs Level 4 Specialist Exercise Instructor – Lower Back Pain and a Back Care Professional.
What is Thai Yoga Massage?
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing art, handed down from teacher to pupil since the third century BC.
Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) uses an energy line system—the Ten Sen—through which the body’s natural life force flows. Blockages in this life force cause aches, pains and disease.
The therapist uses hands, feet and elbows to apply pressure to important points on the energy lines, together with gentle stretching and applied Hatha Yoga. This releases blocked energy and frees the body’s healing potential, restoring balance and harmony.
Originating in India and strongly linked to Buddhism, TYM is always practised in a meditative mood. It is said to be “the physical application of loving kindness”.
TYM treats ailments such as headache, knee pain, back, shoulder and neck pain, improves circulation, relief from general muscular aches and pains, stimulates the lymphatic system, relief from premenstrual tension and can help with pain relief during labour. It is especially effective for numbness or loss of feeling in conditions such as Multiple Sclerosis, or after a stroke.
The treatment improves flexibility, relaxes, alleviation of physical and emotional tension, restores and energises.
Who is Thai Yoga Massage for?
Contrary to popular preconceptions, TYM does not require practitioner or receiver to be flexible, athletic or strong. Each treatment is designed to suit client needs. As the basic principle is to balance the energy body with palming and thumbing techniques, this form of body work can be done on or by anyone: young, old, healthy or unwell!