What is and how can SomaVeda® Integrated Traditional Therapies help me?

SomaVeda® Integrated Traditional Therapies is a blend of modern and ancient hands-on techniques from Thailand designed to improve mobility, help reduce pain, and increase vitality.

We work with the principle of ProMiiWihanSii as we connect with our clients, that is, the Four Divine States of Mind.

Love, Compassion, Vicarious Joy, and Equanimity

SomaVeda™ Thai Yoga Therapy (Nuad Boran) has many benefits, and it is much different than a massage.  In fact, it is hard to compare to a massage as it is received fully clothed and consists of compression, assisted yoga-like stretches, rocking, and more. It is excellent for everybody, from the very young to the very old, as well as those with chronic pain, stroke or aneurysm recovery, or cancer patients at any time in their treatment. Methods can be adapted for any injury or illness or surgical recovery.

Do I already have to be flexible to do this?

A great thing about receiving SomaVeda™ Thai Yoga Therapy is that you do not have to be flexible, strong, or even mobile. You can receive this work anywhere, a chair, a bed, a couch, a wheelchair, or of course, a professional office. This therapy works on every body type at any stage in life and at any stage of illness, disease or health.  Don't let the photos of "Thai Massage" you see on Google images fool you, any movements are applied only to the extent of client capabilities.  We will only move you through positions appropriate for you!

Here is a short list of benefits:

Physical Benefits can include:
Improved Sleep
Boosts the immune system
Increased blood circulation
Control lymphedema
Relief from sprains and bruises
Lower blood pressure
Increase muscle flexibility and mobility
Improve breathing/respiration including asthma
Improves posture and body alignment
Detoxification of the body
Dissolves energy blockages
Helps arthritis and back pain
Helps strengthen joints
Helps chronic joint problems
Combats chronic illness
Alleviates degenerative diseases
May reduce the risk of some cancers
Assists in management of Type 2 diabetes

Mental Benefits can include:
Help with concentration and creativity
Clears and calms your mind
Gain mental clarity
Relieves stress and anxiety
Discipline and self-control
Increases overall health and vitality
Feel happy and smile again

How does SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy Work?

The method of SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy begins with compressions progressing from the feet up. It focuses on working the energy lines (Sip Sen) throughout the body, with the aim of clearing blockages in these lines, and thus stimulating the flow of blood and lymph throughout the body. Pressure points, energy meridian work, and yoga-like stretching is used for an invigorating and balancing full body experience. Sometimes the use of sticks (Tok Sen) and other helpful machines are is included when indicated. This is perfect for anyone that wants a good stretch and a new sense of "ease" in the body. Most people comment they haven't felt that "limber" in years, and they feel invigorated, yet relaxed and calm, at the same time.

How does SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy
differ from yoga classes?

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga is a one-on-one, hands-on yogic therapy experience, and someone else does the work for you! Thai Yoga Therapy is also known as the "lazy man's" yoga, by simply being present and relaxing and letting the movements happen.  The health benefits are similar to traditional yoga including an enhanced sense of well being, feeling loose and open in the joints, and feeling relaxed and more aware and settled in the body. It uses the same philosophy, science, and technology as asana, or yoga poses. That being said, there is a new found sense of awareness and aliveness that comes from being moved in ways you will rarely experience in typical massage.

What can I expect in my SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Session
or in the SomaVeda® Protocol?

The SomaVeda® Therapeutic Day Protocol  A traditional therapeutic “day” consists of an average of 10.5 hours of therapy and is carried out over 7 different sessions over a minimum of 7 days, being seen at least one time per week.  The first session you will experience includes the short SomaVeda™ Session in 5 attitudes (positions). The following sessions build upon one another and are each is unique and personalized. More days for your protocol may be added when adjunct therapies are deemed appropriate. 

Some adjunct therapies that may be used are:

Yoga Stretches, SomaVeda® BET/Bio-tapping, Reiki, SomaVeda™ Tok Sen, Reflexology, muscle testing (also known as applied kinesiology), homeopathic remedies, and even personalized cooking and meal plan strategies.  This can be decided at the start of a program or discussed as concerns come to the surface during the series of sessions.

The more frequent the sessions, the better the results!

I feel so good, and I want my partner to experience
SomaVeda® Thai Yoga, do you offer couples sessions?

Yes, we also offer couples sessions, which is a wonderful opportunity to have me work on one partner while the other is present, then switch. Or, you can have a simultaneous session with myself and one of my highly trained SomaVeda™ practitioners.

Have you ever noticed if one member of a couple gets a massage gets home, a lot of times the two are just on completely different wavelengths?  

Never let that happen again! 

History of Thai Yoga and SomaVeda® Therapy

Thai Yoga Therapy has been practiced for 2500 years and is still actively performed in hospitals in Thailand as physical medicine. It has been practiced by Tibetan Monks to alleviate aches and pains from their long hours of sitting meditation. Traditional Thai Medicine and Thai Yoga were developed by an Ayurvedic doctor named Shivago Komalaboat (born Jīvaka Komarabhācca), who was the doctor and personal friend to the Buddha, as a mixture of Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurveda.

Thai Yoga Therapy has been used to alleviate hundreds of ailments over time, truly taking the client to the next level for healing and transformation, as well as being the ultimate for prevention of disease.

How is SomaVeda™ different from other “Thai Massage”?

SomaVeda® Thai Yoga Therapy is a system developed by Aachan Dr. Anthony B. James, the first American to write a book on Thai Yoga/Nuad Boran (1984). Khruu Dr. Maureen Hughes has studied at the Thai Yoga Center at the SomaVeda College of Natural Medicine (located in Brooksville, FL) and is a SomaVeda™ Certified Thai Teacher (CTT) and Certified Advanced Thai Practitioner (CATP) with over 1200 hours of direct hands on education and over 4000 hours of practice.

”Thai Massage” is a term used by massage therapists that have had some training in Thai Therapies. The Traditional aspect of what Dr. Maureen practices is the almost 1000 year lineage Aachan James has shared for over 35 years in the United States and all over the world.

Dr. Maureen has the legal ability to practice and train others all over the United States as a Minister in the Native American Indigenous Church (NAIC). Other pertinent education includes a Massage Therapy Certificate (600 hours) from the Healing Arts Center in St. Louis, MO. She is currently licensed in the state of Missouri (Certificate/License No. 20140119204). Dr. Maureen also holds PhD in Biology and Biomedical Sciences from Washington University in Saint Louis (Immunology, 2003).

Please visit my school site at www.totalharmonyschool.com, or www.thaiyogacenter.com and www.somaveda.org if you would like to learn SomaVeda® Traditional Indigenous Therapies. Classes can be organized for groups of 4-8 students.

I’ve only recently had pain issues in my arm and wrist, for about 3 months now. Maureen worked on my whole body, but took a little extra time on the shoulder and arm that was hurting quite badly, and even after waking up the next day and driving 12 hrs, it still didn’t hurt. This stuff is amazing!
— A.C., St. Louis, MO

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