When I moved to India, I began the study of Thai Yoga Bodywork (TYB.) In Thailand it’s usually just called Thai Massage, and in both India and Thailand some call it Nuad Bo Rarn. This system of bodywork is said to have its roots in Northern India about 2500 years ago with a doctor named Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha (aka Shivago Komarpaj.) It involves a combination of assisted stretching and acupressure massage–imagine a lazy person’s yoga meets Japanese Shiatsu or Chinese Tui na. In Thailand, the methods were synthesized with indigenous healing arts and perfected.
I’ve completed both the Level I and Level II TYB course and the Toksen course through the Inner Mountain School of Healing Arts. Toksen is a system of massage from Thailand that uses a wooden mallet and chisel (it’s rumored to have been born of the necessity of providing therapy for hard, sinewy Thai farmers, but is surprisingly relaxing.) The TYB style taught through IMOSHA is the Northern, or Chiang Mai, style.
I’ve also completed the General Thai Massage and Foot Massage courses at the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School in Bangkok.
I’ve been studying TYB in conjunction with Yoga and other systems of health and revitalization. My focus is how these systems can be used to improve general health by facilitating the body’s immense powers to heal itself.