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DAVID WELLS, TEACHER OF THAI YOGA (REUSI DAT TON)
Reusi Dat Ton or the Thai self-massage actually encompasses more than just self-massage but also breathing exercises, dynamic poses, mantras, visualizations, and meditations. In some ways, it is very similar to the hatha yoga but think of it as a disparate branch of the same Yoga tree. Thai Yoga Massage where a practitioner applies the massage techniques to an individual actually evolved out of the Reusi Dat Ton, Thai self-massage practice. Techniques such as rubbing, rolling, beating, palm pressing, compressing and stretching of the skin, tissue and muscle layers of the body. The application of hot compresses, balms, and liniments onto the skin to deliver healing herbs deep into the layers of the body. Range of motion exercises, vibration, and traction of the joints help to mobilize the joints by increasing the fluidity of the joint and removing stiffness. And the benefits of Thai self-massage are just as good as having a massage given to you such as increased joint mobility, improved agility and muscle coordination, better circulation, improved respiration, improved digestion and elimination, detoxification, stronger immunity, reduced stress and anxiety, greater relaxation, improved concentration and meditation, pain relief and slowing of degenerative disease. King Rama ordered that statues be made showing the Reusi Dat Ton techniques. Over the years successive Thai kings carried on this tradition and the statues have been replaced and repaired. If you visit the temple now there are only a few of the original statues remaining.
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The presentation was interesting, lively, and beautified with a magnificent slide show of Thai artwork that David had amassed from his years in Thailand. David told us that he had studied Reusi Dat Ton with traditional masters of this yoga when he was stationed with the Peace Corps in Thailand. I had a nice chat with him after his art show and presentation, and learned that, like me, he had also studied Ayurveda, but not at the Ayurvedic Institute like I did, but rather at the California College of Ayurveda in Grass Valley. Thai Yoga was the yoga and healing system that gave birth to Thai Massage, which is now enjoying great popularity due to its combination of yoga stretches with massage techniques. David Wells later let me sit in on a Thai Yoga workshop that he was giving at a yoga studio in nearby Sierra Madre. In the class, he led the students through a series of stretching and self massage exercises designed to soften, flex and reduce tension, stiffness and pain in every joint in the body.
What is Reusi Dat Ton? Reusi Dat Ton is a little known aspect of traditional Thai healing and culture. It consists of: breathing exercises, self-massage, acupressure, dynamic exercises, poses, mantras, visualization and meditation. Reusis were also knownas "Jatila", "Yogi" and "Chee Prai". The Reusis were custodians and practicioners of various ancient arts and sciences such as: alchemy, tantra, yoga, natural medicine, music, mathematics, astrology, palmistry, etc.