Our core modality has a historical record of use as spiritual healing practice, documented for over 1000 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 Buddhist schools and disciplines of Thailand and South East Asia it’s principles and practices, based on principles of vitalism, 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 comprehensive, sophisticated healing arts derivative of 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.
Thai Yoga/ Indigenous, Traditional Thai Massage are recognized by the United Nations with established benchmarks for training.
The type of 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 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.The primary outcomes associated with the practice of Thai Yoga 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 hide