What Is Thai Yoga or Thai Massage?
Our “Core Modality” is based on Traditional Native American and Indigenous Traditional Ayurveda of Thailand called Thai Yoga Therapy. We Develop training, certification and diploma programs in our core modality of SomaVeda® Indigenous Traditional Thai Yoga Therapy (ITTM). We believe SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy to be one of the most ancient, practical and adaptable system of vital therapeutics uniquely derived from a blend of religious/ spiritually inspired teachings. Our teachings are based on Native American, Indigenous traditional practices of healing and well being, Classical Ayurveda, Indigenous Traditional Thai Massage (ITTM- Thai Yoga), Indigenous Traditional Thai Medicine- Thai Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indigenous Indonesian Yunani Medicine. This is complimented with western science and principles of Anatomy, Physiology, Bio-Chemistry, Psychology and physics.
Our core modality has a historical record of use as spiritual healing practice, documented for over 2500 years. Our traditionally based system is directly and authentically chartered and recognized as a continuation of the ancient Thai Yoga Reishi (Maw Nuad) tradition of both tribal and Buddhist temples. SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy, defined as the “Practical Expression of Loving Kindness” offers a solid foundation in energetic, spiritual and physical modalities for promoting well being and long life. Although Thai Yoga historically originated from the ancient practices of Ayurveda and the Buddhist schools and disciplines of Thailand and South East Asia it’s principles and practices, based on principles of vitalism (unseen life force), are common to all faiths, non-sectarian and non-dogmatic and suitable for practice by persons of any faith.
Thai Yoga (Indigenous, Traditional Thai Massage) is a traditional religious therapeutic practice, comprehensive, sophisticated healing arts derivative of Classical Indian Ayurveda, Theraveda Buddhism, Buddhist medicine, Buddhist Psychology, Theraveda Vipassana Bhavana, Classical Indian and Tibetan Ayurveda and Yoga Vedanta and Indigenous, traditional Hill Tribe medicine practices. It is more accurate to call this medicine by its traditional names like “ancient, anachronistic or Old Thai Way of Healing with The Hands,” (Traditional Thai Chirothesia) but the slang form, “Thai Massage” is in use, and as long as this is so, there will be some understandable confusion.
History of Ayurveda and Thai Yoga
Thai Yoga/ Indigenous, Traditional Thai Massage are recognized by the United Nations with established benchmarks for training.
The type of traditional Indigenous, Traditional Thai Yoga therapy that most people will be exposed to is “ráksãa thaang nûat phaen boran thai” (traditional healing with the hands as an expression of the divine consciousness, Thai style). This is commonly known as the Nuat Thai or Nuad Boran styles of Thai Yoga therapy, spiritual massage, and healing work of Thailand.
Please Note: The primary outcomes associated with the practice of Thai Yoga as a religious therapy are called ProMiiWihan Sii ( Brahmavihara) or four divine, boundless sublime states of mind; Love, Compassion, Joy and Equanimity. As long as these four qualities are communicated, transmitted and exemplified during a session, it is considered to be successful. For this reason it is possible to have a Thai Yoga session with little or no actual touching!
In addition to the four divine states of mind we practice and perform Puja– a ritual healing process of prayer, affirmation and acknowledgment. As sacred beings, representing the extension of divine energy (Traditional Thai Chirothesia), the literal embodiment and manifestation of Love, we acknowledge the sacred space shared by client and Yogi, we honor and acknowledge the Bodhisattvas and progenitors of our way and teaching, and we “generate the Boddichitta,” the perfected mental processes of enlightened beings through Mantra recitation of OmNamoShivago, the Metta Sutra or anything else that invokes and invites the essence and energy of love and healing to move within ourselves and our client.
This prayerful and thoughtful meditation attunes powerful energies and petitions the sacred and symbolic metaphors of spiritual process and role models that provide the basis for all further communication and expression of Promiiwihan Sii.
Indigenous, Traditional Thai Yoga (ITTM) (Thai Massage: slang) including specific styles such as SomaVeda® are also indigenous traditional systems of movement education, dancing meditation and therapy, movement repatterning, and all of the applications of traditional Asana, Flows, Techniques, Prana Yama, Meditations and movements are specifically intended to affect the mind, body, spirit, emotions and human energy field in one way or another. Our spiritual apothecary and or medicine chest includes evolving practices maintaining and supporting wellness, health and integration of spirit in mind, body and spirit. Our sacred tools are energy, attention, consciousness, breath and spirit as given to us by our mother earth. Our traditional healing work is intended to heal those of the sick and the infirmed using natural agents and products such as Ayurveda, Yoga, Chirothesia, yoga therapy foods, soups, herbs, teas, salts, oils, fats, and water; certain cures and tried traditional remedies; and supernatural agents including spiritual counseling, prayer, divination, worship, fasting, application of sacred waters, sacred salts, sacred foods; herbs, oils, and perfumes.
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SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is the core modality of our Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine Ayurveda/ Naturopathy program. Other elements include but are not limited to Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine, Native American Traditional Medicine and Western Nature Cure or Naturopathy.
The SomaVeda® Thai Yoga based Doctor of Sacred Natural Medicine Ayurveda (SV-DSNMA) program is a 4549 Clock Hour program that qualifies graduates to sit for the ANMCB (American Naturopathic Medical Certification Board) Traditional Naturopathic National Boards. Our graduates qualify for ONACS Commission and Ministerial/ Pastoral/ Clerical Vocational, Counseling and or Medical Licentiate. A Traditional Naturopath is considered by many to be at the top of the holistic pyramid. We have established a program to educate ministers as spiritually based Natural Health Care Providers of all types and levels in the traditional, spiritual based healing methods of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga.
If this all sounds interesting to you and you would like to experience SomaVeda® Thai Yoga on a first hand basis, then consider taking one of our certification courses or joining one of our famous Thailand Externship Programs. We have been providing quality access to Thailand, Indigenous Traditional Thai yoga massage and Thai Culture for over 25 years. Our programs feature extensive hands on massage training and internationally recognized certification as well as great exposure to the country and the people through our Eco-Tour, country survey style approach. Join us for the adventure of a lifetime!
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