A traditional Thai massage therapy combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures using the “Sen-lines” alias energy-lines. These 10 “Sen” are thought to be “windows” to the body where disturbance to the flow of energy results in sickness.
(Chart of Thai “Sen” Lines -Sunshine Massage School, Thailand)
The recipient remains clothed during the treatment but will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, where the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures in accordance to the designated lines (“sen”) in the body.
How does it relates to Yoga?
Interestingly, these “sen” lines are aligned with the chakras and it was believed that working on the energy lines with massage can break the blockades and stimulate the free flow of Prana and help to restore general well-being enabling healing properties at both emotional and physical level.
Examples of the similarities to Nadis per the Yoga philosophy which the Divine energy flows:
- Sen Sumana = Sushumna Nadi
- Sen Ittha = Ida Nadi
- Sen Pingkhala = Pingkala Nadi
These 3 Nadis connect our chakras and run vertically, from the base of the spine to the head. Ida is situated on the left, Sushumna in the center, and Pingala on the right.
Yet, at the same time, those who are familiar with the Chinese Meridian Acupuncture system in turn will find many similarities. For example:
Sen Sumana = Sushumna Nadi = “Ren Mai” (Chinese).
Therefore, it is fascinating to find that regardless of origins, knowledge or background – we find ourselves back to YOGA. A union, that in your experience, everything has become one. (Jaggi V,)