Savasana Therapies is comprised of holistic therapies such as Traditional Thai Massage and Chavutti Thirumal.
Savasana Therapies offers treatments from very mild relaxing Thai Oil Massage to very strong and invigorating Thai Yoga Massage. For those who would like to be properly pressed and smothered in oil, there is a Chavutti Thirumal therapy.
Throughout the years of giving Thai massage treatments, I have seen people resting at the end of their treatments in the Savasana pose and that made me think what actually my treatments are about…
…rest on your back, energy pulses through your limbs, your breath is slow… soften the root of the tongue, the wings of the nose, the channels of the inner ears, and the skin of the forehead. Let the eyes sink to the back of the head, then turn them downward to gaze at the heart… rest in savasana.
“Sava means corpse in Sanskrit, and Savasana is a preparation for a conscious death in which supreme consciousness that is everywhere and in everything is released,” says Suzie Hurley, Senior Certified Anusara Yoga teacher.
By emulating a corpse through conscious relaxation, one symbolically dies in order to be born anew. During Savasana we have the opportunity to relinquish our individual limitations in order to merge with a power greater than ourselves.
Hovering in the magical realm between sleep and wakefulness, you settle into Savasana, the Corpse Pose, and a gentle smile melts across your face.
I hope you will find your Profundity of Stillness in some of our treatments…
Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient form of body therapy, which incorporates both yoga and acupressure techniques. With gentle rocking, deep stretching and compressions it assists in the natural rebalancing of your muscular-skeletal framework. Known as “lazy man’s yoga” you will feel invigorated and centred after a treatment.
Thai yoga massage works to clear energy blockages and restore balance and harmony to the body.
The technique used is the technique of ASOKANANDA. Asokananda (Harald Brust) was born in 1955 in West Germany. Since 1978 he spent most of his time in Asia, where he was involved in the research into and teaching of yoga, Buddhist meditation and traditional Thai yoga massage.
– Simon de la Loubere, French liaison to the Thai Royal Court in Ayutthia, 1690
Traditional Thai massage can look back at a long history of therapeutic healing. The earliest roots of Thai massage lie not in Thailand but in India. The legendary founder of the art is believed to have been a doctor from northern India. Known as Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, he was a contemporary of the Buddha and personal physician to the Magadha King Bimbisara over 2,500 years ago.
The theoretical foundation of Thai massage is based on the concept of invisible energy lines running through the body. Ten of these lines are especially important in Thai massage: ‘The 10 Sen’ or sib sen. The Indian origin and influence becomes obvious here since the background of this theory clearly lies in Yoga philosophy.
The 10 Sen are sufficient to conduct practical treatment for the whole body and its internal organs. Western scientists are still puzzled by the fact that these lines and points do seem to have validity. These points can be thought of as ‘windows’ into the body. Working on the energy lines with massage can break the blockades, stimulate the flow of Prana (life energy), and help to restore well-being.
Thai massage differs radically from ‘Swedish Massage’ which is the most widespread technique of massage in the West. Physiotherapy and chiropractic in the West are closer to Thai massage than Swedish massage is, but these techniques also ignore manipulating the energy points and the energy flow of the body.
Chavutti Thirumal is a full body massage using warm oils and the feet to apply pressure.
It dates back over 2,000 years in Kerala Southern India. It is part of the tradition of Kathakali, the classical dance of the region, Kalaripayattu, the Keralite martial art, and Ayurveda, the Traditional Indian Medicine. In Malayalam, the local dialect, it is literally translated as “massage by foot pressure”.
It was developed to maintain suppleness in the body and for treating pain and swelling. It is however equally suitable as a treatment for those not involved in regular or strenuous physical exercise and wishing to maintain their own fitness and well being.
Chavutti Thirumall is a unique form of massage as the feet are used predominantly to deliver long sweeping therapeutic strokes while the therapist maintains their balance by holding a rope, (you are not walked upon). The hands are used occasionally to apply oil and for massaging areas such as the head and face.
Itzhak Helman – Thai Yoga Massage Training Manual
Asokananda – The Art of Traditional Thai Massage