Massage in the Ancient Thai Way

Therapeutic or medicinal Thai massage is referred to as Nuad Bo’Rarn. The word Bo’Rarn is derived from the Sanskrit word Purana, which is the name given to certain ancient, sacred works. The name implies that the knowledge upon which these healing practices are based were handed down over time from generation to generation.

Because Nuad is often translated as “massage” and Bo’Rarn as “ancient” or “antique”, the term Nuad Bo’Rarn is said to mean “ancient massage” or “ancient healing way”.

What is Nuad Bo’Rarn?

Nuad Bo’Rarn is a traditional form of body therapy that is thought to be around 2,500 years old. It is a system that is not based on a western system of anatomy, yet profoundly effective in the ways by which it has developed by many generations of practitioners who left a formidable legacy of knowledge and understanding of the functioning of our entire being. As a healing system it is now embraced and actively practiced by thousands of specifically trained therapists around the world, including our Advaya Healing Practice.

A key component of Traditional Thai Medicine, Nuad Bo’Rarn integrates Indian Buddhist and Traditional Chinese Medicine to heal the the body, heart-mind, and spirit holistically. Practitioners utilize unique approaches to passive movement and stretching in order to open up the veins or energy passages and release chronic tension from the body.

Nuad Bo’Rarn differs greatly from most Western massage practices. Particularly in the west we have become mostly familiar with the commercialized form of Thai massage, which often is offered for purposes of relaxation or as sensual entertainment. Instead, the purer form of Thai Massage, which is Nurad Bo’Rarn, incorporates a deep spiritual dimension, and is a gentle and focused approach to the healing of all our human dimensions.

How is Nuad Bo’Rarn performed?

Nuad Bo’Rarn incorporates a system of rhythmic compression to your entire body, which therapists apply by utilising their thumbs, palms of the hands, soles of the feet, and elbows and knees. Stretches and range of motion techniques improve your flexibility, vitality, and mobility.

Nuad Bo’Rarn is practised at a peaceful, slow, and unhurried pace, and includes relaxing yoga-like experiences that are beneficial to both you and your therapist. It is a practical application of the Buddhist concept of metta, the four divine states of mind which are Loving Kindness, Compassion, Vicarious Joy and Equanimity (Composure). The practices that underlay Nuad Bo’Rarn are warm, gentle, caring, and interactive. They are typically performed on a floor mat but can also offered as tabletop treatments. We aim to work in a meditative state state and an elevated state of consciousness to re-activate, re-balance, and rejuvenate your energies at the deepest levels of your entire being.

During Nuad Bo’Rarn sessions you wear a set of comfortable treatments clothes we make available upon your arrival.

Even in Thailand, Nuad Bo’Rarn is practiced in many different ways, with each region maintaining traditional variations. Over the course of its long history, Nuad Bo’Rarn has been influenced in many ways by the culture and beliefs of indigenous peoples, shamanic spiritual practices, and yoga influences from India. Particularly in Europe the the U.S., it is further developed to align it more to Traditional Chinese Medicine.

To allow for movements and procedures that are difficult to perform on a massage table, Nuad Bo’Rarn is typically performed on a floor mat. This allows the therapist to use body weight rather than muscular force for the application of the healing pressures on the energy pathways and points. Your therapist will exert these pressures by means of hand palms, thumbs, feet, and, at some points, elbows or knees.

Working on the floor also provides enough space for you and your therapist to perform the passive movements that stretch and open your muscles, tendons, fascia, and energy lines. These energy lines, which are referred to Sen, carry our life force or energy across our body. Traditionally, between 72,000 and 73,000 Sen are recognised. Practically, only ten Sen (known as Sen Sip or the ‘Ten Lines’) are considered in Nuad Bo’Rarn practices.

These stretching movements affect your entire body. They aim to calm your nervous system; to increase your flexibility; to release both deep and superficial tension, and to help your body’s natural life force to flow more freely. The gentle pressures and compression stimulate internal organs, relax tense muscles, lengthen and soften fascia; calm the nervous system, and adjusts the skeletal structure.

At the end you will feel your body more opened, which will leave you relaxed and energised at the same time.

How long does a Nuad Bo’Rarn Session Take?

Nuad Bo’Rarn is typically performed in a carefully laid-out sequence that is performed slowly, peacefully, and at an unhurried pace. An effective condensed session may take as little as one hour.

Depending on your expectations and requirements, a full and complete Nuad Bo’Rarn treatment can take up to three hours. Please refer to our Nuad Bo’Rarn session offerings to select a treatment that is right for you.

What can you expect from Nuad Bo’Rarn?

Nuad Bo’Rarn is ideal if you desire deep relaxation, long for a proper release from stress, and wish to regain an optimal range of flexibility. It provides an excellent system to increase your overall health, well-being, and vitality, and can help improve your mobility and energy flow, and alleviate any back, neck, shoulder, and hip tension you may have. Nuad Bo’Rarn calms the mind and maximizes your body’s potential.

Benefits include:

  • Increases flexibility, joint mobility, range of movement and co-ordination.
  • Increases blood and lymphatic circulation
  • Softens fascia (connective tissue)
  • Reduces adhesions
  • Reduces joint pain, aches, tension, stiffness, and restrictions
  • Stimulates digestion
  • Deeper rest and relaxation; calmer mind, emotions, and nervous system
  • Increases energy levels
  • Releases tension in the body
  • Reduces anxiety and depression
  • Detoxifies the body
  • Improves breathing patterns
  • Improves alignment, posture, and muscle tone
  • Strengthens the internal organs and stimulates the immune system
  • Releases deeply held negative emotions
  • Corrects the imbalances in the body and stimulates the body’s natural healing process

Is Nuad Bo’Rarn Right for You?

Nuad Bo’Rarn is beneficial to most of us. It is particularly effective for inducing deeper rest and relaxation, which may make it perfect for you seek stress reduction or relief from stress related disorders. The system’s unique stretching movements make it very useful for everyone who benefits from increased flexibility, including athletes, business professionals, and the elderly.

Because Nuad Bo’Rarn uses peripheral stimulation through the manipulation of muscles, tendons, fascia, and energy lines it is effective in the alleviation of visceral disorders.

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