However, when you see a Reusi Dat Ton session you can easily get the impression of a series of Yoga movements being executed. But doing it yourself, you very quickly discovers that it only remotely resembles Indian Yoga.
Reusi Datton is a seven-fold diamond in simultaneous, parallel, and integrated action: strength, stretch, breath, balance, postural correction (chiropractic), muscle relaxation, and traditional Thai dance.
That makes this Thai bodywork tradition quite hard to perform correctly, and a seemingly simple work-out of about forty-five minutes is in fact a rather physically intense, highly concentrated, and meditative experience.
As believed to be the basis and foundation of Traditional Thai Massage (Nuad Thai), a Reusi Datton session also prepares the body well (warms it up) to receive a Thai Massage workout immediately afterwards. A bit the same effect as having a Herbal Ball Compress massage session before a Thai Massage.
Additionally, Reusi Dat Ton is ideal bodywork for the Thai Massage therapist as a preparation and stretcher before doing a massage session, or as a cool-down compensator afterwards. Moreover, various exercises can be taught to the Thai Massage receiver to do at home, hence continuing the therapeutic work that needs to be done.
Reusi Datton or Thai Yoga is not really Yoga. No. But it sure as well does the job.