The benefits of traditional Thai massage

Traditional Thai massage, or Nuad Bo Rarn, restores balance and energy to the body, and provides many benefits.

In Thailand, thai massage is an integral part of everyday life. They are practiced mainly as a preventive measure, because their regular practice allows you to stay in good health.

Traditional Thai massage is a true alternative medicine that has its roots in the ancestral traditions of Ayurvedic medicine.

In Thailand it is called Nuad Bo Rarn or Nuad Boran. Nuad means “pressure” and boran means “old”.

Of Indian origin, its practice spread to Thailand at the same time as Buddhism, around the 5th century BC.

The Nuad Boran is practiced on the ground on a futon, dressed in loose and comfortable clothes, and without oil or lotion.

The masseur uses his thumbs, elbows, knees, feet to exert pressure on the whole body, as well as stretching and postures.

It is an invigorating massage that works the whole body, and its health benefits are numerous.

In addition to softening the joints and relaxing the muscles, Thai massage helps detoxify the body, in parallel with the 3 other elements of traditional Thai medicine: nutrition, herbal medicine and meditation.

It frees the mind from accumulated stress, relieves tension and stiffness in the body, it is beneficial for blood and lymphatic circulation and it improves the quality of sleep.

You will leave your session completely relaxed and regenerated.

Be careful, however, because there are contraindications, for example for pregnant women, and certain serious illnesses. If in doubt, seek the advice of a doctor.

To give or receive a Thai massage, you should wear loose and comfortable clothes, such as Thai pants and a Thai shirt.

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Small Sanskrit Lexicon

One of the best known yoga's pose is the tree pose
One of the best known yoga’s pose is the tree pose.

Sanskrit is the sacred language of ancient India, many terms of which are now frequently used in the world of yoga and wellness in general.

With our little Sanskrit lexicon, enter a mysterious world of infinite wisdom!

AHIMSA: This term, popularized by Gandhi, means “non-violence” and “benevolence towards all creatures”. This is the first principle of “yamas”, the codified rules guiding yogis on their path of life.

ASANA: Literally “yoga posture, or sitting”.

ASHRAM: spiritual community gathered around a sage.

AUM or OM: primordial vibration of the universe, link between interior and exterior. Represents the four degrees of reality: waking (A), dreaming (U), deep sleep (M) and turya or silence.

The Aum sound is widely practiced in yoga and meditation classes
The Aum sound is widely practiced in yoga and meditation classes.

AYURVEDA: From “ayur”, “life” and “veda”, “knowledge”, Ayurveda is the traditional medicine of India which dates from the Vedic period. According to Ayurveda, Matter is composed of five elements (the tattvas): earth (prithivi), water (apas), fire (tejas), air (vayu) and ether (akasha). These elements come together in three combinations to form what are called “doshas”, which determine the different “types” of people.

BANDHAS: Energy locks in the physical body that yogis use to hold life energy. The three main bandhas are mulabandha (at the level of the root chakra); uddyanabandha (at the level of the diaphragm) and jalandharabandha, (at the level of the throat).

CHAKRAS: The chakras are the energy centers, located along the spine. They are often symbolized by lotuses (padma).

Each of the 7 main chakras is associated with a particular color, sound, and energy properties
Each of the 7 main chakras is associated with a particular color, sound, and energy properties.

DHARMA: this term designates the natural law, the duty, the wheel of the journey of life.

GUNAS: the material world is made up of three qualities which are the “gunas”. These three qualities are present in living beings and food: “tamas” = laziness and resistance; “Rajas” = energy and movement; “Sattva” = balance and purity.

GURU: “Gu” means shadow and “ru” means light. The guru is a master, a teacher who guides us from shadow to light.

KARMA: means “action”, “movement of energy”. Karma is the law of cause and effect (or law of causation).

KOSHAS: The five envelopes of the human being: the physical, energetic, mental, intellectual and spiritual bodies.

LILA: the divine ballet or “game” of the physical world.

MALA: Hindu rosary. In general, the mala is made up of 108 pearls, a sacred number in yogic mythology. Often composed of natural stones and seeds, it is used to count breaths or mantras.

MANDALA: literally “center, circle, unity and totality”. Mandalas are geometric designs widely used as a medium for meditation.

MANTRA: It is a phrase, sequence of words or syllables, repeated while singing, and / or meditating. This practice is based on the power of repetition.

MAYA: It is the illusion of the physical world and the main cause of our suffering.

MOKSHA: Refers to the liberation of the soul, when it has completed its cycle of reincarnations.

MUDRA: Sacred gestures performed with the hands and fingers. The practice of mudras helps to raise vibrational energy.

Chin Mudra is one of the most common mudras
Chin Mudra is one of the most common mudras.

NAMASTA: This is a greeting commonly used in India and in yoga classes as a sign of gratitude, benevolence and peace.

I greet the light that is in You
I greet the light that is in You.

NIRVANA: Refers to the liberation of a being from the cycle of rebirth (samsara). The self is no longer separated from the rest of creation and with this state comes intense happiness. This is the goal of the Buddhist and Hindu spiritual journey.

PRANA: This Sanskrit word means indifferently “vital breath”, “energy of life”, “light”.

PRANAYAMA: “control” or “mastery” of “prana” ie the breathing techniques of yoga.

PUJA: Offering to the statues representing the Gods: chanting of mantras, garlands of flowers, fruits, sacred woods, milk, rice, water, incense…

SADHU: Holy man who gave up earthly pleasures to pursue a spiritual quest.

The Sadhus are called
The Sadhus are called “baba” in India. Devoid of material possessions, often dressed in orange, with long, tangled hair, they roam the roads and devote their lives to spiritual research.

SATYA: Means “truth” in the sense of “sincerity”.

SHANTI: This Sanskrit word often sung by yogis literally means “peace”.

SUTRA: Short philosophical texts which expose a sacred knowledge.

SVASTIKA: Very ancient and powerful symbol of luck and protection. It was used by the Nazis who gave it an extremely negative connotation, but today it needs to be given back its true meaning.

VEDAS: Very ancient sacred texts from India.

YOGA: Indian ancestral art of self-knowledge. Yoga is a holistic practice aimed at training the body, the breath and the mind. It aims for the union of the self and the divine.

YOGI (male), YOGINI (female): practitioner of Yoga

How to use Essential Oils

1/ How to use essential oils in the bath :

After a long day at work , give yourself a moment of relaxation in your bath delicately scented with essential oils !

Doil the water to 37 degrees , and dilute 10-20 drops of essential oil in a dispersant mixture before adding it to the bath .
The dispersant is required because the essential oils are not soluble in water. You can use eg baking soda , liquid soap , shampoo, milk powder , clay , etc. …

Here are our essential oils that you can use for a bath :
Bergamot, Orange, Lemon, Peppermint, Ylang- Ylang, Lavender, Jasmin

2/Utilisation essential oils in massage

Prepare a massage oil with a few drops of essential oils mixed with a vegetable oil ( preferably organic ), for example almond oil , avocado oil , olive oil , coconut oil …

To take full advantage of this time to relax , do not forget to light a few candles and turn off the phone!

For a sensual massage, use essential ylang ylang, jasmin, rose or patchouli oil.
For slimming massage use essential oil of orange (warning it is photosensitizing and some people may be allergic , do a test patch first) or cedar.
For a tonic massage, essential oil of basil (very diluted , use sparingly ) or oliban.
For a respiratory decongestant massage , essential eucalyptus oil.
For a relaxing massage , essential oils of lavender or ylang -ylang.

3/ How to diffuse essential oils

Little economic trick to diffuse essential oil : you can put a drop or two on a small pebble beside you on your desk. You can also put the pebble on a radiator, or put a few drops in a cup with water and place it on a radiator.

4/How to use essential oils in cooking

Our essential oils that you can use in the kitchen are: basil , lemon , orange , lavender , peppermint (do to exceed 1 drop) , ylang ylang and lemon. Pay attention to the dosage : 1-3 drops is more than sufficient to flavor a dish! Always dilute essential oils with a fat or sweet body ( honey, syrup, oil , egg yolk , cream or alcohol ) before adding to the dish at the end of cooking so as not to alter it proprieties. You can flavor your sauces , marinades, meat, fish, taboulets , rice salads , jams , cocktails, sorbets , fruit salads, etc. to give them a touch of gourmet and unique flavor. You will find many recipes on the internet to get started in this tasty and full kitchen benefits 🙂

 

PRECAUTIONS FOR USE ESSENTIAL OILS

Essential oils are concentrated properties of a plant, they are very powerful and their use is subject to some rules of caution:

– Never apply essential oil on the eyes or on mucous membranes, in case of accidental contact , rinse abundantly with vegetable oil .

– Photosensitizing essential oils ( orange, bergamot, lemon … ) Avoid the sun for several hours after applying these oils on the skin to avoid any risk of skin reaction.

– Be extra carefull if you have allergies and/or a sensitive skin ! Dilute essential oils with vegetable oil (olive, sweet almond , avocado … etc) before application on the skin. We also recommend to perform a test on a small area of skin to check for any allergy before using essential oil for the first time.

– The use of essential oils by pregnant or breast-feeding women, people with epilepsy, infants and children under 7 years is not recommended unless medical advice.

– Always Keep out of reach of children.

– Ask advice form your doctor, aromatherapist or pharmacist.

– Keep in mind that excessive use can be harmful.

NB : Properties and tips for using our essential oils are derived from reference aromatherapy works and are given for information only. In no event shall our liability would be incurred . In case of health problems consult a competent therapist.

 

Our essential oils are natural and ethical .

The company Auroshikha , manufactures natural products of high quality . Is committed to an ethical approach , in accordance with the principles of Auroville, and offers very good working conditions for the inhabitants of the surrounding villages. Immerse yourself in the ancient Indian traditions and use the properties of medicinal plants for your relaxation and well-being.

Take a look at our massage accessories for massaging others  or yourself with ease !

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