What is YogaThaiMassage? YogaThaiMassage is the combination of Yoga and Traditional Thai Massage, which has long-term therapeutic effects on the client. It is a customised program, tailor-made according to the individual’s needs. YogaThaiMassage is a unique combination of exercise and therapy, with rhythmic Yoga movements, designed to warm up and activate the meridiens of the energy body, muscles, joints, blood circulation, and the lymphatic system. This program allows for correct breathing techniques, deep relaxation, encouraging both mind and body awareness.
Why YogaThaiMassage? Because, the energising, rejuvenating and warming effect of Yang Yoga and combination with soft but deep pressures of Traditional Thai Massage , is magical. This is a powerful holistic system that helps reducing the blood pressure, stress and soothes the body. It creates a meditative state and helps overall well being. These two timeless practices are used in combination, in order to open tight joints, lengthen muscles, and gain relief from pain. This system is effective in reducing neck, back pain and headaches. YogaThaiMassage increases blood circulation, opening and balancing energy blockages and rejuvenating lymphatic system. It also brings positive effects on connective tissues. This program is a beneficial invigorating body workout for athletes, as it eliminates toxins and lactic acid from the muscles.
When? YogaThaiMassage can be performed anytime during the day, but a 2 hour waiting period is recommended after eating. Sessions take around 90 minutes.
Who can do it? YogaThaiMassage is suitable for all age groups and body types. It is a customised, one-on-one program which is exclusively ‘hands on’ .
Where? YogaThaiMassage is performed with comfortable clothes, both for giver and the client, on a mat. It includes standing, sitting and lying poses.
How? After a short meditation and an opening mantra used to focus intent, a flow of sitting and standing Yoga poses are performed with breath awareness. Using Yoga, in order to warm-up and energise the body prepare the breath and the body for the following massage. Thai Massage helps stretch muscles, with the use of appropriate pressure, which is applied with the palms, fingers, elbows, knees and feet on acupuncture points and ‘SEN’ Lines. This combination activates entire body and the flow of energy.
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“Practicing YogaThaiMassage has been a complete and balanced experience. The opening mantra and yoga section activated and warmed my entire body. The following massage was a perfect compliment to it, soothing my muscles and joints. Afterward I felt fresh and relaxed in both body and mind. The combination of disciplines made for unique yet cohesive full body treatment.” Robyn Angell, Amsterdam
“After my YogaThaiMassage, I felt relaxed yet energized. All the tension and tightness in my muscles were gone, replaced by a sense of balance and renewed energy.” Sinem Ünsal, Amsterdam
“After my intense fitness programs, I feel muscle aches, which sometimes even last 2-3 days. Even though I do stretching, there is no solution for relieving the tension on the muscles. After YogaThaiMassage, I have realized that my muscles are totally relieved and I reached total relaxation throughout my whole body. Even more, I realized I have muscles in my body that I still do not work out! I wish I could practice YogaThaiMassage every time after gym..” Cem Kaya, İstanbul
” Beste’s YogaThaiMassage is a wonderful blend of caring, relaxing and spirituality. I felt the yoga practice is really good to prepare the body to open up the energy lines. And in that way, my body is prepared in a natural way to receive the massage. After working deep with my body during the yoga, I know I get rewarded afterwards to relax and recieve. I felt I get deeper into the stretches of the massage, because I am warmed up with yoga. When I received her massage I felt very happy to open up and feel the energy during the massage. Her touch is gentle and deep. I like the end of her “warming down” the body and prepare to wake up. The good thing is, it is not really an end because it’s just the beginning of realizing that it is all about sharing and be here in the moment. That’s why it feels like a circle. ” Mirjam van Baardwijk, Amsterdam
About… Divya Beste Dolanay, has been a yoga teacher since 2003 and is certified from Vivekananda Yoga Theraphy University, Bangalore-India. She designed the YogaThaiMassage program to complement her private Yoga lessons with Traditional Thai massage, as she is also certified from International Thai Massage School (ITM), Chiang Mai-Thailand. She also incorporates Reiki techniques if needed -certified on Reiki Levels I and II- in her program. She believes that, unique blend of these ancient and holistic systems bring out their invaluable qualities and create powerful therapeutic effects on an individual’s body, mind and soul, with the aid of a personalised, hands-on technique. Divya Beste Dolanay offers private YogaThaiMassage sessions in Amsterdam, Holland where she currently resides.
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Photos: Mirjam van Baardwijk-Amsterdam 2013