What is the difference between a Thai massage and Yoga?
Posted on: 04 October 2012 by Jack Russell
This article gives you a brief idea about the similarities and differences between the Thai massage and yoga.
The Thai massage and yoga are two completely different forms of exercise to keep the body and mind healthy and fit. The Thai massage is a traditional form of massage to keep the body healthy, fit, and toned. It has been practiced from the ancient times and has its origin in Thailand like the name suggests. It is also often called as Thai yoga. But it is not really as similar as yoga.
Since the Thai massage is well known in the world for its healing power, it gives the impression of yoga to most of the people opting for this massage. Some of the postures in this kind of massages are similar to that of the yoga postures like the plough, cobra, triangle etc. Thus the name of Thai yoga is popular amongst the people.
Although Thai massage is being practiced in Thailand and has gotten its name from the country, the very ancient theory suggests that it has originated in India just like the yoga has its origin also in India. Both these forms of exercise have similar effects on the body and perform the art of healing. Both these forms are known for obtaining relaxation, pain relief etc. The yoga however is one step ahead as it also puts your mind in to a state that is fit for relaxation.
But Thai massage is no way the same as that of the yoga. Yoga is mainly a practice of the spirituality which aims at the union of the divine and the human mind. Thai massage on the other hand heals the body from pain and anxiety in the compassionate spirit of the religion Buddhism. Thai massage can give you benefits in terms of physicality while yoga gives you the benefits both in terms of your physical and mental health.
Yoga also comprises of many physical exercises, but that is only a part of it. Yoga mainly deals with the controlling of the mind, body, and the senses. The ultimate aim of the yoga is to make the mind clear and clean, to remove all the impurities from the mind so that only pure consciousness prevail.
The Thai people perform a special form of art which is very similar to yoga. It is known as Ruesri Datton, the yoga for the hermit. The origin for Ruesri Datton is also in India and was earlier performed by the hermits and the ascetics from the eastern part of the world.
At present, although yoga is gaining immense popularity in the west, the Thai massage is slowly losing its base amongst the people. Today very few people are aware of this art form of healing known as Thai massage.
If you have the opportunity to visit Thailand ever, you can also make your visits at the traditional medical schools in Thailand that still teaches the techniques of Thai massage and the ruesri datton. If you are interested in learning this art form, you can also look for qualified, accredited, and certified teachers in your vicinity.
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