Thai Yoga Pregnancy Massage is a beautiful rebalancing massage, aimed at opening up energy channels to bring wellbeing to body and mind. It is one of the few massage techniques that can be performed in its entirety during pregnancy, as it can be practiced with the client lying on their side and resting comfortably over a bean bag. Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing system that employs a combination of gentle stretching, tissue compression, acupressure, and assisted yoga postures. It is sometimes called the ‘lazy person’s yoga’ as many of the movements and stretches relate to yoga postures.

In contrast to western massage therapies, Traditional Thai Yoga Massage does not require oils or lotions, and the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. However, we find natural oils make for complete relaxation at the end of the massage for the neck and face and we offer this to our clients at no extra cost. Throughout the massage the practitioner will use thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental wellbeing. Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a soft mat on the floor – in pregnancy with addition of a bean bag and bolsters, so it is suitable for people of all shapes and sizes.

Ancient Buddhist texts suggest the seeds of Thai Massage originated in India over 2000 years ago at the time of the Buddha and were brought to Thailand along with Buddhism. Since then it has been practised, developed and handed down through the generations, evolving with local and Chinese influences. Thai Yoga Massage is the form of Thai Massage that developed in the Northern region of Thailand. It has never been seen as just massage but as a spiritual practice, incorporating the practices of mindfulness and loving-kindness. Similar to other non-western healing therapies, the Thai system focuses on circulation of vital energy in major pathways called sen. The 10 major sen lines are manipulated, and important pressure points along these pathways are stimulated to help break down blockages, stimulate energy flow and restore balance and harmony.

Thai Yoga Pregnancy Massage is recommended after the first trimester

 

Susanne obtained her Thai Yoga Massage certificate from the School Of Thai Yoga Massage, London, after training for 2 years with founder Kira Balaskan and Amy Ku Reedler. This massage course is recognised by and affiliated to the Institute for Complementary and Natural Medicine (ICNM) and Thai Healing Alliance International (THAI) and meets the standard set by the associations. Susanne also completed her Chavutti Thirumal massage practice in 2013, studying with Prabhat Menon, the foremost practitioner and teacher from Kerala, India.

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