The set of 21 Reusi Dat Ton sequences performed in our video workshop Reusi Dat Ton Advanced Exercises – 21 Standing Sequences contains other exercises than carried out in our previous workshops Wat Pho 18 Ascetic Self-Stretching Exercises and ITTM 15 Basic Positions of the Contorted Hermit.
According to the Wat Pho Medical Massage School there are 80 important Reusi Dat Ton exercises (performed in standing, sitting, kneeling, or lying positions), which are based on the Samut Thai Khao, an ancient manuscript on Reusi Dat Ton dating from 1838.
Nevertheless, the Thai governmental Institute of Thai Traditional Medicine (ITTM) rather recognizes the broader set of 127 positions or exercises (which includes Wat Pho’s 80 exercises). The 21 sequences in our workshop are a selection of those 127 Reusi Dat Ton exercises. We’ve compiled a variety of standing exercises in a meaningful set to make a complete stretching and strengthening workout for the body.
Notably when performed with an abdominal breathing technique and by applying full force during the stretches, you will find that the set is quite a cardio workout (a cardio exercise, also called aerobic exercise, refers to any activity that increases heart rate and respiration while using large muscle groups repetitively and rhythmically).
To make a session less intense, you can simply omit using a specific breathing technique and/or force while doing the exercises.