Both yoga and massage help us to release mental and physical tension. Between the low lights, soothing music, and having a space to let go and relax- Yoga and massage are two sides of the same coin. And are very complimentary to one another.
Yoga helps relax, create balance and center the mind. Physically, asana practice helps build strength, balance, stretch tight muscles. It also encourages the body to release feel good hormones.
Massage helps relax, renew, and restore the mind. Physically, massage alleviates knots, muscle spasms, calm our nerves, and increase circulation for our cardio vascular and lymphatic systems ( which helps our bodies heal and fight infections or illnesses).
Yoga and massage offer solutions to the emotional, mental, and physical effects of stress, injury, and tension. Both help to create calm through working the muscles, get us to slow down, and deepen our breathing. The similar impact on our physical and mental state is undeniable.
In fact there is a modality of traditional medicine that combines the two known as Thai Massage, sometimes called "Yoga Massage." This ancient practice arose from the spread of Buddhism and Ayurveda medicine from India and Nepal into Thailand and eventually China, Japan and other southeast Asian countries.
There is a legend that it originated from the Buddha's personal doctor- Shivago.
And it has been used for years to treat physical, and emotional ailments as well as increase energy and vitality.
Now as much as then, our body and mind need these therapeutic qualities from yoga and massage. Choose the one you prefer or combine them with a Thai Yoga massage.