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Thai Yoga Massage

by Matt B on May 15th, 2007

Developed about 2,000 years ago, “Nuat phaen boran” (the art of Thai yoga massage) is an ancient and sacred system of healing. Performed on a mat in comfortable clothes, this form of therapy is essentially assisted yoga. You recline as the practitioner places you in yoga poses. The massage giver leans on your body using hands and forearms to apply firm pressure to almost every part of the body. No oil is applied, but a hot herbal compress may be used to warm and soothe your body. A full massage usually lasts about two hours and can include cracking knuckles and walking on the recipient’s back. People who experience this form of massage generally leave feeling pain-free, relaxed, and re-energized afterward.

In Evanston, at the Thai Body Works School, you can both experience and learn the art of Thai massage. In fact, the school is one of the few places in the country where you can learn the traditional sequences that work with the whole body, including tenets from yoga and martial arts. Over 200 hours of training are offered, but if you’re just looking to relax and be treated, an hour-long session will cost about $100.

Thai Body Works School ($$$$): 537 Custer Ave Suite 3 (Evanston); 847-869-1861
Class schedule varies by level; session appointments are accepted
Street parking available
Public Trans: Bus # 201, 205 or Purple Line train (South Blvd)

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