Around 2,300 years ago, a revolutionary bodywork style of therapy was created within the temples of Thailand. Its creator is said to have been Shivago Komarpaj, a well-known yogi and doctor. Rumor has it that, among others, he actually treated the Buddha. This therapeutic art had its origins within the Indian traditions of Ayurvedic medicine, along with Chinese and Southeast Asian influences.

Since yoga class has experienced an emergence in the 1970’s in the West, greater numbers of people have experienced the physical, psychological and emotional benefits of Thai yoga bodywork. In fact, according to a report from the National Health Statistics, from 2002 to 2012, the number of adults from ages 18-44 taking part in yoga classes nearly doubled. Since 2002, about 400,000 more kids are practicing yoga as well.

During a typical session, the practitioner guides the client through a series of yoga postures. While this takes place, the practitioner performs palming and thumbing along pressure points and energy lines on the body. Together, this process provides a comprehensive full-body treatment that helps to relieve muscle tension, boost the immune system, improve circulation and restore balance to the body.

Not only that, but there are some less obvious benefits as well. Certain poses can boost the immune system, help to treat asthma, ease cramping associated with PMS and even reduce chronic pain. Remember that you don’t have to be incredibly strong or super fit to start, since it’s easy to adapt the poses to essentially any skill set.