Harmony in Rest and Activity : Principles of Thai Yoga Massage
A principle of Aryuveda views the inside our body to reflect the environment, our external world. Microcosm is the same as macrocosm.
In nature there are there are 3 qualities: Sattva, is the presence of clarity (Clarity, purity, silence, wakefulness, truth, love and compassion.)
Rajas are the force of movement (activity, desire, cravings).
Tamas is inertia, matter (ignorance, darkness, sorrow, sleep, lethargy). These are called the 3 Gunas in Yoga and Aryuveda.
Once one begins to understand that this natural interplay of the Gunas (which give rise to the 5 elements ) we one can make decisions that effect the quality of our external environment to balance our life accordingly to create harmony.
At each moment a different action may be necessary because this harmony is constantly dancing between the external and internal worlds.
But we can attend to small simple things every moment with a little bit of awareness to take us back to a natural state of balance. The Key is awareness; witch comes with a little bit of effort and Self Knowledge.
We are always under the influence of the 3 Gunas it is present in our own mental, emotional and physical activity, we can see these qualities in the different times of day: morning is Satvic. Midday is Rajas and late evening is Tamas. The foods we eat also have these qualities and thus affect our state of being; we need a balance of all these qualities in life. For example we need to experience Tamas in the evening so we can fall asleep at night.
From The three Gunas arise the 5 elements: Earth, Water, Fire, Air, and Ether. All these qualities are present in our personal constitution of the self. Certain physiological functions of our body are dependant on their harmonious interplay of these different elements. An imbalance of one or the others may cause illness.
Earth needs water to keep moist wind, to maintain its shape, support movement. And fire to generate heat and keep it from degenerating. Water flows within the earth and relies on wind for circulation. Wind clings to water and earth for its movement. Fire radiates energy to keep all elements in a healthy state. All four elements must be in harmony and in balance to ensure wellness.
In Thai Massage any blockage of the meridian lines (the Sen Sib) may be due to a lack of balance between the elements.
A Thai Massage affects all the elements in the body and will bring them back in to dynamic harmony.
It treats the Earth element within us by attending to the muscles, bones and ligaments.
The water element is composed of approximately 12 substances in the body. These are bile, mucus, lymph, blood, sweat, liquid fat solid fat, tears, saliva, nasal mucus and synovial fluid and urine. Thai Massage stimulates the water element to flow through the entire body and helps maintain healthy function of the organs.
The wind element constitutes lightness and circulation throughout the body. It is the energy that provides for movement. Thai massage helps direct the movement to flow in the right direction.
The fire element is attended to during a Thai Massage by improving circulation witch helps maintain proper temperature.
The most beautiful quality in Thai Massage is the element of mindfulness; the element of Ether. Through awareness on the breath, body sensations and observation of the mind; experienced by both giver and receiver, and awareness of the subtlest of harmony and equilibrium are created;
Thus the Satvic pleasure through deep rest is achieved. Then momentary pleasure of Rajas activity becomes insignificant. We move beyond it. This magnanimous experience is energizing on a very deep level of our beings.
Deep rest creates a heightened awareness towards imbalances, so that a deeper sensitivity can be cultivated during our every day life, witch can help to create an improved quality of living.
Different types of restlessness and its remedies: the first is due to the place you are in. the second is due to the time of day, chanting singing, children playing and laughing can change atmospheric restlessness.
The second type to restlessness is in the body. Eating the wrong food at odd times, not exercising and overworking can all causes a physical restlessness. The remedy for this is exercise, moderation in work or attending to our diet.
Then there is mental restlessness, it is caused by ambition, strong thoughts, likes or dislikes. Knowledge alone can cure this restlessness. Seeing life from a broader perspective, knowledge of the Self; and the impermanence of everything can help. If you achieve everything . So what? After you achieve you will die. Knowledge of life and death, Confidence in the Self, in the divine, can calm down mental restlessness.
The 4th type is emotional restlessness. Any amount of knowledge does not help here. Spitiural Practices such as mediation, yoga breath work helps.
The fifth type of restlessness is the restlessness of the soul. When everything feels empty and meaningless, when you experience this, know you are very fortunate. Do not try to get rid of it. Embrace it. This restlessness of the soul can bring authentic prayer in you. Do not try to get rid of it, embrace it restlessness of the soul brings perfection.