Thai Yoga Bodywork
with Jason Thomas
Stretch, Breath, Balance
What is Thai Yoga Bodywork?
Nuat Boran (Traditional Thai Massage) is an ancient healing art with roots leading back over 2500 years ago to India. It traveled and evolved with the Buddhist monks, preparing each other for long periods of meditation, embraced as a practice of loving-kindness. This healing art was eventually adopted in Thailand among the fisher and farmer populations and has evolved into one of the 5 primary branches of Thai Medicine.
This ancient form of bodywork has evolved over the centuries with other oriental medicines and has made its way into homes and healing practices around the world. Practitioners like myself have naturally added techniques from other modalities. While it may not be appropriate to use the term “Traditional”, the modality is often referred to as Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Bodywork.
The session incorporates thumb and palm pressure, rocking, tapping, stretching, and guided breathing to stimulate energy flow throughout the body. Other benefits include:
- Softening of muscle tissue
- Release of facial adhesion
- Enhanced cardiovascular and lymphatic circulation
- Improved conductivity of the nervous system
- Disperse stagnation and harmonize the body-mind
- Increase flexibility & joint mobility
- Enrich your body’s innate abilities to detoxify and regenerate
What to expect from your session
Arrive to your session in loose, comfortable clothes (yoga clothes or sweat pants and a t-shirt), as Thai Bodywork is done fully dressed without the use of oils. The session is practiced on a memory foam floor mat, using professional body cushions for optimum comfort & mobility.
The first half of the session is generally spent warming up the body with rhythmic palm and thumb pressure along the Sen Lines of the body (energy pathways that follow fascial tissue, blood vessels, and nerve channels.) With the body warmed up and the energy channels stimulated, we follow up with sequences of stretches and range-of-motion explorations, which serve to increase flexibility and disperse stagnation that builds up in the various circulatory systems of the body from our modern repetitive lifestyles, stress, and trauma.
Throughout the session, gentle tapping and rocking are used frequently to disperse stagnation, settle the body into its natural alignment, help the muscles relax, and because it feels really, really good.
Longer sessions may include abdominal massage, extra flexibility training, and relaxation techniques about the head, face, and neck.
These passive stretches create space in your body in ways you can’t do on your own
Treat your guests to
a unique experience they’ll remember you for
Rest back as you’re rocked, pressed, stretched, and opened up in a way that reconnects you with you.
About Jason Thomas
I’ve been practicing Thai Yoga Bodywork since 2003, alongside aromatherapy, whole foods catering, and teaching classes in food preparation. I believe in the value of bringing the sacred into everyday life by the simple choices we make in how we take care of ourselves and each other and what we offer back to the world.
My first training in Thai Massage was at Kalani Retreat Center on Big Island, Hawaii, with Michael Ceraso. After a year of practice, I began studying with Tanya Boigenzahn, of Devanadi School of Yoga & Wellness, in Minneapolis, MN. Over the years, I’ve completed 6 levels of Thai training. I’ve also received training in Shiatsu, Reiki, and other hands-on & energy-based modalities. While I incorporate techniques from these other modalities into my sessions, the holistic approach of Thai Yoga Bodywork is the foundation of my practice.
I currently offer Thai Bodywork sessions at my home studio in Guadalupe de Rivas, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica, and am available to support retreat leaders worldwide. I’ve lived in Costa Rica for 14 years and am fluently bilingual.
Give yourself or a loved one the treat of this unique and profound therapy!
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Beyond my practice of the healing arts, I also have a passion for building cultural bridges and empowering regenerative projects to thrive. I do this through my podcast Regeneration Nation Costa Rica and my work as an Entrepreneur Consultant.
To learn more about the contributions I’m making to empower ecologically and socially beneficial projects in Costa Rica, visit https://regenerationnationcr.com.
Home Studio Pricing
This is an experiment. Only you can know what you can afford to receive bodywork. The lower end of that scale is what someone living and working in the local Costa Rica economy might expect to pay, including Ticos.
If you charge a premium fee for the services you provide, my hopes are that you’ll consider a contribution toward the higher end.
It’s worth saying that my work is worth the top end, while my desire to serve graciously accepts the lower end. Check-in with yourself and play the game in a way that makes you feel good.
Just book a session!
How long of a session should I schedule?
90-minute sessions are suitable for regular visits
2-hours is my standard full-body Thai session & what I recommend for most first visits
3-hour sessions are great for active individuals who like lots of stretching or those who need deep restorative work
(Rates are listed in colones, but I accept Bitcoin as payment, as well as dollars.)
To schedule a time that works best for you, click on your preferred session length below
Why I Offer a Sliding-Fee Scale
I offer a sliding scale because I want to widen the margin of those who feel that they can afford bodywork. I acknowledge that our world is not one of fundamental economic equality.
The average going rate for bodywork therapies in this region ranges around ₡30.000-₡40.000/hr. For a professional who’s crafted their talent over many years and who can directly alter the well-being of another person’s body with their practiced touch, I think this is fair.
At the same time, the same service in San Isidro ranges from ₡20.000-₡30.000. I think that’s fair, too. Many of those practitioners have a different cost of living as well. Who’s to say what a fair price is?
The more important question is: does the difference between ₡20.000-$40.000/hr alter someone’s decision as to whether they can afford the care they need? You bet it does.
With a home-based practice, I’ve lowered my overhead from when I was renting a studio. Until further notice, I’ll be offering a sliding fee scale for my sessions for those who wish to come to my home.
* House calls are another story. Unless you’re unable to leave the house because of injury, that’s a luxury and asks a lot more from the practitioner. The prep time to transport gear, travel expenses, and time spent to set up in an unfamiliar space are just a few reasons the sliding fee scale is more narrow.
The rate flexibility is not reflective of the quality or value of my work. I’m a professional with over 20 years of experience who’s studied 6 levels of Thai training with two different teachers, along with several other massage modalities. I bring the same quality of work and attention to every session.
I’d like to see, if the price is less of an obstacle, if those who like my work will come in for treatment often enough and long enough to improve their well-being.
Regular bodywork is very beneficial to not only your body but to your mind and emotions, as well.
* I do, however, hold to a ₡10.000 late cancellation fee for no-shows and reschedules made with less than 24-hr notice