It is a consistent and long held belief among Thai Yoga Practitioners and clients alike that receiving sessions and programs reduces and or eliminates stress symptoms. Therapy protocols and healing programs based on this indigenous, traditional, natural medicine originally from Thailand emphasize relaxation techniques including therapeutic prayers (Puja), Focused breathing (Prana Yama), Yoga Asana (therapeutic postures) delivered in a calm and nurturing way. Traction and decompression techniques coupled with broad, deep compression applied with a rhythmic pacing further add to the result. Circulation of all vital body fluids is enhanced as well as lymphatic decongestion. All of this is incredibly helpful for stress.
Science Proves Thai Yoga Reduces Psychological Stress
Researchers from three different universities (Khon Kaen University, Mahasarakham University and Sirindhorn College of Public Health) University from a variety of disciplines such as Sport Sciences, Radiology, Joint Pain and Human Performance, Faculty of Medicine and Public Health determined that Traditional Thai Massage (Thai Yoga) reduces psychological stress. Especially when combined with rest.
They measured stress indicators before and after participants including salivary alpha-amylase levels (sAA), heart rate variability (HRV), autonomic nervous system (ANS) function, and plasma renin activity (PRA). The participants each received a one hour Traditional Thai Massage (Thai Yoga) treatment following a standardized protocol for each.
The sAA test confirmed significant decrease and difference as improvement as well as increased parasympathetic activity, decreased sympathetic activity and decreased PRA.
What about a comprehensive, systematic protocol of Thai Yoga?
The study referenced above was facilitated with a TTM technical focus. The participants did not receive a full or comprehensive treatment protocol. If they had the results very well could have been much more dramatic. A full or comprehensive Thai Yoga Therapy would have included 1) A series of sessions increasingly more specific to the individual needs of the patients. 2) A spiritual emphasis engaging the innate healing process 3) A Nutritional focus targeting nutritional toxicity and or deficiency 4) An Ayurveda Dosha Balancing emphasis distinctive and appropriate for each patient or client 5) Herbal and or other plant based support known to support stress reduction 6) Therapeutic baths and or steam to both detoxify and to stimulate the patients immune system.
If a one hour session showed significant stress reduction consider what a seven or ten day comprehensive protocol might accomplish?
Thai Yoga Reduces Psychological Stress and should be considered as either an adjunct or a complete alternative to conventional medical (Allopathic) stress reduction treatments. It may be especially valuable for those individuals seeking non-drug, non-chemical based treatment alternatives.
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