Thai Yoga Massage
Traditional Thai massage is not well known in the UK, though is slowly increasing in popularity. It’s still mainly been experienced by people travelling to Thailand. And some people who have a bit of a snigger when Thai massage is mentioned are no doubt confusing it with the seedier kind of massage available in Thailand and elsewhere.
Traditional Thai massage, also known as nuad boran and Thai yoga massage, has age-old medical roots. It’s thought to have been founded by a doctor from northern India over 2,500 years ago. Early Buddhist travellers spread what is now known as Thai massage to Thailand in 300-200BC, and knowledge of this ancient practice was passed almost completely orally from teacher to student over hundreds of years.
Mark Careless, 38, from Newmarket in Suffolk, is a play worker at the Croft Children’s Unit, a family assessment unit for under twelves. About two years ago he went to Koh Samui in Thailand for a Thai boxing training camp and while there he received Thai massage every day, sometimes two or three times a day, for the whole fortnight. He found that the massage helped him cope physically with the boxing training. “I’ve never felt so relaxed or so much freedom in my body. I was carrying around all these muscle tensions and thought there was nothing I could do about it, but Thai massage released them, and the benefits carried on for days afterwards.”
Not long before he went to Thailand, Mark’s granddad died. “I’d nursed him for two years. It was so hard to find the space to cope with his death but Thai massage gave me a sense of peace which helped me to grieve.”
Last spring Mark took a yoga teacher training course (www.freestyleyogaproject.com) which included a two-day taster in Thai massage run by Kathryn Ellis. Mark was hooked! He was so enthusiastic to pass on to others the physical and emotional benefits he’d experienced himself that he decided to train as a Thai massage therapist.
Specific conditions treatable
Injuries, pain relief, stress relief amongst other things!
Benefits of therapy
Regular Thai massage treatments can improve flexibility and range of movement, ease muscle pain and joint stiffness, improve posture, and relieve chronic tension such as in the back and neck and some types of headaches. It’s good for muscles which are tight due to overworking them (such as in sport or gardening) or not using them enough (such as sitting at a desk for hours). It is also incredibly relaxing and is great for relieving stress and its symptoms.
How it works
Thai massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines which run through the body, the same as the yoga philosophy of prana or life energy. Blockages or disturbances in the energy flows – which lead to sickness - can be relieved by massaging particular acupressure points on the ten main energy lines (sen lines). More or less the same theory is found in the Chinese system of acupuncture and the Japanese system of shiatsu.
What happens in a session?
In traditional Thai massage, the patient/client lies fully clothed and relaxed on a padded mat on the floor. The practitioner moves the client’s body into a variety of stretches, some of which will be familiar to a yoga student, such as the tree, locust and half-plough. In fact, Thai massage is sometimes referred to as ‘lazy yoga’, as the client gets all the benefits of yoga whilst the practitioner does all the work!
Length of session
60 mins to 120 mins
As and when required - please contact Mark for availability or to request an appointment now!
Prices per session
60 mins - £47.50
90 mins - £60
For new clients until the end of November.
Massage with Mark Careless only £40 for 60 minutes or £60 for 90 minutes. Includes Thai Yoga, Ayurvedic massage, Sports massage, Tuina massage and Ayurvedic massage
First treatment only then normal prices apply.
offers 20% discount to those carers registered with Suffolk Family Carers
t: 07590 402448
Mark was highly professional. He listened to us carefully and adapted his technique to meet our needs. We both felt very relaxed and chilled afterwards. We anticipate repeating the experience again soon!
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