Thai Yoga

Thai Yoga Therapy

Centuries ago, a dynamic therapy based on yoga and Ayurveda was born in the temples of Thailand. In this unique healing system of Thai Yoga Therapy – also called Nuad Boran – the practitioner guides the recipient through a series of yoga postures while palming and thumbing along the body’s energy (“Sen”) lines and pressures points. Together these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically.

What is Thai Yoga Therapy?

Thai Yoga Therapy is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, Yoga Therapy was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine.

What does Thai Yoga Therapy feel like?

Thai Yoga Therapy is energizing and rigorous. The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai Yoga Therapy is like doing yoga without any work. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai Yoga Therapy as both relaxing and energizing.

What should I expect during my session?

  • Thai Yoga Therapy is usually done on a padded surface
  • no oil is applied
  • a typical session is 60 minutes long


What conditions is Thai Yoga Therapy used for?

Many people find that Thai Yoga Therapy has the following benefits:

  • relaxes
  • reduces stress
  • improves circulation
  • increases energy
  • increases flexibility
  • improves range of motion
  • centers the mind and body


Thai Yoga Therapy is not recommended for certain people:

  • infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
  • immediately after surgery
  • immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
  • prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor first
  • pregnant women should check with their doctor first

Additional Tips

  • don’t eat a heavy meal before the session
  • if you feel discomfort at any time, let the therapist know


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