Thai Bodywork ~ Nuat Boran


Floor Thai

Thai Bodywork gives the benefits of massage, yoga, and energy work in one nurturing dance.  It is an ancient healing art form practiced in Thailand.

 The name in Thai language is Nuat Boran[noo-ut bo-rahn], but in America it is variously called “Thai Massage,” “Thai Yoga Massage,” “Traditional Thai Massage” or “Thai Bodywork.”  Boran means “ancient” or “classical” and Nuat is often translated as “massage”, though it is not really “massage” as Americans think of it but a holistic bodywork.

Traditionally given on a floor mat with clients fully clothed, it can also be done on a table.  Thai bodywork is always a whole-body treatment.  It combines passive stretching and movement of joints with several touch techniques and work along energy meridians (called sen in Thai).  The whole treatment is a graceful, nurturing, interactive dance that is sensitive to the condition of each person.  The effect of Thai Massage is greater flexibility, flow of energy, deep relaxation, and feeling of well being.


Table Thai

The art of Thai bodywork achieves a deep therapeutic effect without harsh physical force through efficient, dance-like use of movement, conscious touch, energy work, breathing and rhythm.  The treatment can be vigorous or gentle depending on the need or preference of the client. Always respectful and caring, it is adjustable to suit most clients, young or not-so-young, athlete or spectator.

You do not have to already be flexible to receive and enjoy Thai Bodywork.  And it does not have to hurt.

A complete Thai Massage treats the whole body in four positions: supine, side-lying, prone and sitting.  The process itself is meditative for both client and practitioner and takes around 1½  hours.  Clients often report feeling “taller,” “looser,” “balanced,” “deeply relaxed,” “refreshed” and more aware of their body. It can have therapeutic benefit for many conditions, especially tight or stiff areas, muscular aches in low back, hips, and shoulders, as well as mild rheumatoid arthritis.  The deep relaxation and energy work impart a long-lasting afterglow of well-being.  A great aid in both recovering and maintaining good health!

See Robert’s articles “Essential Parts of Thai Bodywork” , “Principles of Thai Bodywork”  and “Varieties of Thai Massage“.