What is thai Massage?

Traditional Thai Massage is an ancient healing technique that has been in popular use in Asia since the time of The Buddha (roughly 500 b.c.). The practice itself manifests as a flowing dance that synthesizes the cumulative knowledge and techniques of many disciplines. Doctor Skivagakorpaj, Ayurvedic master and personal physician to the Buddha, is considered the originator of the form. Employing the graceful rooted movement of internal martial arts and the compassionate mindfulness instilled by the meditative experience of the practice, Thai Massage is taught both as a form to follow and also as a key to improvisational bodywork. The essence of the practice is self-awareness, and the fluid expression that naturally extends from that awareness.




BENefits of thai Massage

As an ancient healing art that combines the best of acupressure from Thailand and Hatha yoga from India, gentle rocking movements, deep rhythmic compressions, a variety of stretching movements and restorative yoga positions open the body’s complex network of tissue and energy lines. Thai Massage relieves muscular tension and pain, improves circulation, boosts the immune system, and balances the body energetically, facilitating mind-body integration. A session of Thai Yoga Massage results in restoring a healthy, balanced energetic flow to the recipient. It is a complete therapeutic treatment on its own, and may also be incorporated into other modalities of massage or into yoga classes.


About Ariela Grodner

Ariela Grodner is the founder and lead instructor and practitioner at the Bodhi Sangha School of Thai Massage. She began her teaching career in 1992 in the south of India educating prisoners and tribal villagers in the benefits and practice of Shivananda Yoga.  Then she spent many years cultivating the Buddhist meditation technique known as Vipassana.  Later in following her Tao she discovered the joys of improvisational contact dance. After graduating from Florida School of Massage she discovered Thai Massage the perfect fusion of these techniques and practices. She is a certified Lotus Palm Practitioner (as taught by Kam Thye Chow) and has taught Thai Massage at the Florida School of Massage since 2004. 

Ariela has developed over 300 hours of curriculum has published 8 books on this subject and travels nationally and internationally sharing her love of this art.



MASTER TEACHER ARIELA GRODNER SHARES WORDS OF WISDOM ON THAI YOGA MASSAGE. SHE SAYS, 'WHEN WE PRACTICE THAI MASSAGE WE ARE SURRENDERING TO OUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL.' We want to be with our client or partner in our most present loving manner to observe truth and support another person.