For those that do not have the time in their working lives to attend the retreat why not book a private session with our resident Master Nok.
Nok started learning Traditional Thai Massage when she was a young girl in the country side of Thailand by her Grandmother, Nok then went on to learning advanced Techniques at many of the Thai Temples with the Monks, and later with the Government run Thai Massage Society of Thailand. Nok earnt her BA degree at University, she then went on and learnt customer relations at Conrad hotel a 6 star premises in Bangkok.
Nok is a follower of Master Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, and says her skills and healing power comes from his works and line
We take traditional Thai massage at the Benowa clinic very serious, so we have a Grand Master attend the clinic once a year from Thailand. With over 12 years of training, Nok still keeps her spiritual and healing talents up to date. To our knowledge there are only 2 practicing Masters In Australia.
Visitors to Bangkok will now find massage shops as plentiful as fruit ships, Thai Massage has become important to tourists, and it is one of the main money makers, this has caused the problem that many of the girls who work in the massage shops are not qualified, and do so just to bring in the tourist dollar
Tourist spots all over Australia are sadly becoming the same and Thai Massage shops are popping up all along the tourist strip, If you attend one please make sure that the girl you choose is Thai and has a certificate, many places now use part time Chinese and Korean girls with no or minimal training
We also use only genuine imported Thai Massage mattresses, to get pinpoint accuracy. Australian high Density Foam mattresses that many companies use are dangerous and offer no real support to the body, and put your upper spine at risk.
Thai herbs and oils, are also available, these are absorbed by the body and leave no oily film on the skin when the massage is completed
2500 years ago Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, travelled from Maghada (India) to Thailand and became the physician to Buddha,
bringing with him India's ancient Ayurvedic traditions of medical practice, which plays an integral role in the practice of both Hinduism and
Therevada Buddhism thus giving birth to the wonderful phenomenon that today is called Traditional Thai Massage. He even treated the sangha, the order of monks that formed around Buddha, who have kept the teachings going for 2500 years
Jivaka is spoken about in the Tipitaka, which is the oldest collection of buddhist texts in the world, and is revered to with honorable titles. He was quite an influential physician and was doctor of the King of Maghada, a mighty ruler in those days
When Burma attacked Thailand they destroyed all the old writings so Traditional Thai massage has been handed down from mother to daughter over many many years, and it now displayed at the famous Wat Po temple in Bangkok
"Nok" is also one of the few qualified teachers of "Samui Karn Nuad."
This technique was put together on the tropical island of "Samui", and is a mixture of Thai and the Kahuna Massage very popular in the Islands of Hawaii and other Pacific Islands
This in the last few years has become the most popular massage in places like the holiday island of Phuket, and uses the use of specially prepared scented oils
Please Note: This style of Thai Massage is designed to relax, and take away stress from the body, and there is no deep therapy massage movements in this massage.
Side effects include falling a sleep and dreaming of being on the Islands
The art of using essential oils for healing by using highly concentrated extracts from Thai herbs. It is the most concentrated form of herbal energy available.
Its actions range from medicinal and cosmetic to psychological, affecting both states of mind and our emotions.
Different oils specifically affect various organs and bodily functions. Many boost the immune system and some affect our hormones as well. They can sedate or stimulate the body and mind in different ways and sometimes do both at the same time to create balance.
Benowa Thai is also to our Knowledge the largest importer from Thailand of Herbal Balls and other herbal products which you can purchase for use during the massage, and your own personal use at home, These products use steam to transfer herb direct to the spot that need healing, and once purchased can be used up to 12 times, before the herbs need to be replaced