Thai Healing Arts

at Yoga in ME Wellness Center :: Eliot, ME

Sumana Lom roots its practice in the Traditional Thai Healing system which originated in 13th century Thailand and is still practiced there today. It is a holistic system based on the principles of Buddhism. The intention is not to treat a specific illness with the goal to cure it, but rather to work with an individual physically, spiritually , emotionally, and energetically, to allow space for healing to occur. Evolving alongside Indian Ayurveda, and Traditional Chinese Medicine, it shares similar aspects of those healing traditions, some examples being:

Sessions Running: Sundays, 10am-6pm

Address: 28 Levesque Sr, Eliot, ME 03903

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Cupping and Scraping

Thai Fire Cupping is an ancient dry cupping technique that can be traced back to 13th century Siam, (Thailand) although cupping as a general modality can be found as long as 3,000 years ago in Egypt. Oil is applied lightly to the skin and a glass cup is heated from inside with a quick flame and placed against the oiled skin to create a suction. It is painless, but will leave a circular coloration,which usually resolves within 3-5 days.

Cupping treats problem areas in deeper tissues using mild suction, lifting and rejuvenating muscles and aiding in the elimination of waste from the tissues and releasing toxins from the body. Cups can be placed in a specific area to treat a knot or point of pain.

Scraping is a deeply therapeutic technique employing a broad tool to brush the skin repeatedly, helping to disperse stagnation in tissues just below the skin. Scraping is especially effective for relieving dull aches and pains and breaking up inhibiting scar tissues. It also can assist with emotional release. As with cupping, scraping also leaves a coloration on the skin that should resolve within 3-5 days.

Both methods work by bringing wastes and stagnant fluids to the surface layers of the body where they can be eliminated through circulatory and lymph vessels. These treatments are effective in breaking up scar tissues, increasing circulation in the area applied and even relieving congestion related to cold and flu.

All sesions may include Thai Fire Cupping or Traditional Scraping techniques if they are indicated during the intake analysis. We do not normally do cupping or scraping as stand-alone sessions. If cupping or scraping is indicated, it will be discussed with the client before the matwork begins.


Luk Pra Kob

Luk Pra Kob (literally 'pressing ball') are cloth compresses stuffed full of deliciously aromatic healing flowers, seeds, roots, and leaves. Depending on the purpose of the session, the herbal mixture might contain such things as lemongrass, turmeric, ginger, galangal, cinnamon, calamus, kaffir lime leaves, camphor, salt, coconut, or even rice.

Hot compresses are wonderful for releasing bound tissue and freeing movement in the body. The heating herbs increase energy flow, inprove circulation, relax muscles, stimulate nerves, clear the sunuses, and focus the mind. Cool compresses are helpful for an overly excited fire element, inflammation, and (non-contagious) rashes. Luk pra kob is a nurturing therapy that helps us decompress, relax, breathe, and s l o w   d o w n.

Herbal compresses may be added on to any session* or be requested for an entire short session. (Pregnancy senwork, for instance, is completely done with warm's lovely.)

*there is an added material cost of $15, and the compresses are yours to take home to be used 1-2 more times.


Thai 4-Elements

Traditional Thai Medicine evolved with Ayurvedic medicine, and it has striking similarities in many aspects including element theory. Sumana Lom adheres to the Thai 4-Element theory which recognises the components of Fire(Fai), Wind (Lom), Water (Naam), and Earth (Din.)

"In order to stay healthy, the four elements must be in perfect balance and harmony. If these elements are out of balance, the body's ability to repair itself will be weakened and a person will become vulnerable to illness and sadness." (Somchintana 1986)

Both general and in-depth analysis will help the practicioner gain a sense of an individual's unique elemental constitution, balances, and imbalances. With this in mind, the client and the practicioner can work together to create an individualized wellness plan that tailors senwork, complementary healing arts, herbal recommendations, suggested practices such as meditation, movement helpful foods, and ajusted self-care rituals for optimalization of health.