In my early twenties, when I had a little less responsibility paired with unlimited energy, I set off across the world to spend time exploring Thailand and Southeast Asia. One of the cultural gems that I fell in love with along the way was Thai Bodywork, a practice otherwise known as “Lazy Persons Yoga”.
I found Thai Bodywork enchanting because of how different it was from other massage styles, as well as the amount of active participation and surrender required of both the therapist and the client. It felt like a silent, powerful form of communication and connection - like a dance. Keep in mind, that in Thailand, much of the time the giver and receiver did not speak the same language, making the language of touch palpable and real. It was fascinating to see how two people could navigate through a variety of yoga-like stretching positions together with little to no verbal communication.
When I returned to NYC I became trained as a Thai Bodyworker and incorporated this into my work with clients for years. It was a powerful secret weapon in building trust and supporting healing.
There is something otherworldly about the power of touch, and we witness this daily at Namaste. In a study done at DePauw University, evidence suggests that humans can communicate numerous emotions with touch and that we can accurately decode distinct emotions simply by watching others communicate via touch. This information is so valuable because we live in a touch-phobic society, which means we are missing out on one of the vital ways we can communicate with those that are closest to us.
If you find that you are especially tight or locked up in any specific area, or just need to connect with a pulse and a heartbeat in a safe and therapeutic way, we’d love to help. Namaste works with some of the best bodyworkers in the business who can incorporate multiple massage styles in one session to help improve mobility, circulation to reset your mind and body.