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Traditional Thai Bodywork

Traditional Thai massage for back pain and care.

Traditional Thai massage is widely known for its visually impressive stretches and strong pressure, but this ancient healing art is in fact a rich and diverse style of bodywork that treats back pain with incredible results, sometimes without a stretch ever being applied.

It is part of the ‘physical therapy’ branch of Thai Medicine. The four other branches are: Buddhism, Internal/Herbal Medicine, Divinatory Practices and Spirit Medicine.

Thai Yoga massage originates from a selfcare practice that combines yoga, breathing techniques and self-massage, called Reusi Datton. It was ancient Thai seers (themselves called ‘Reusi’) who studied the body and developed this system of self-healing. It later evolved into a separate partner practice called Thai massage or ‘Nuad Boran’. There are a large number of Reusi Datton self-massage techniques, stretches and movements that are effective for a daily back care (preventative and maintenance) regime.

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Welcome to the August issue of OM Yoga & Lifestyle magazine. We hope you’re having a great summer so far. In this issue we’ve got a couple of special reports, including a look at naked yoga and why people are loving it. Are you brave enough to try it? Liberating or exhibitionist: we’d love to know your thoughts! We’ve also got a yoga for back care report inside, as well as plenty of other goodies too. For starters, we’re kicking off a new five part series - A Brief History of Yoga in the West - where you can discover how the yoga you now enjoy reached your home town all the way from India. There’s lots of practical yoga as well, including our regular 360º Yoga anatomy academy and a great sequence for a head, neck and shoulders release. There’s something for everyone in this issue to keep you inspired on and off the mat throughout the month. Happy reading!