From Roy and Brenda
Thai Massage, which is part of Thai Medicine and Buddhist philosophy, is a practice that is literally centuries old, and can be dated back as early as the existence of Yoga. In 2004 we started our pursuit and practice of Thai Massage and it has become our life and journey.
We credit our beginnings and desire of bodywork to the influence of Yoga. As we were pursuing our Yoga Certification, one of our instructors introduced us to something called Thai Massage. He spent just a few minutes stretching and manipulating our legs and hips, it was the best feeling we had ever experienced, and so began our search for a teacher to teach us Thai Massage. We found the The Thai Institute of Healing Arts, 30 Minutes from where we lived. We immersed ourselves into their classes, taking every class that was offered. In 2010 we took a cultural trip to Thailand to meet with other teachers, some of which, we are still studying with today.
We decided to become a Certified Massage Therapist, so we enrolled at NMTI to learn Western Massage. The use of oils, lotions, which is not normally used in Thai Massage, was an addition to our arsenal of massage tools. Once we completed our Certification, we continued our Thai Massage studies. With new teachers, we began learning about Herbal Remedies. Our studies included preparing Herbal Bundles, Compresses, Poultices, Linaments, and Teas. Our clients have already seen and felt the benefits of using Herbal Remedies.
People often ask us what do we do that is so different. We tell them we work the Sen Lines, also known as Channels and create space We work intuitively. This makes each massage different, as we listen to your body and ours for guidance on how to work on your body. Sometimes you will need all over work, or just a specific area worked. It might need deep tissue work or trigger point work, but other times it needs to just let go and relax. Learn more about massage therapy.
Well, we started with Metta and this is where we will end with Metta, which means Loving Kindness. The idea is, that as a Thai Practitioner or Bodyworker, the basis of massage should always be out of Loving Kindness. Metta, is deeply intertwined in Thai culture. Borrowing a page out of their book and adopt it in our massages.
'Nurture your clients and Respect your teachers.'
Thai Altar at Lion and Dragon Yoga Bodyworks