Originating in ancient Thailand and having developed over centuries, Thai Yoga Massage is a form of therapy based on energy meridians (Sen Lines) believed to flow through the body, of which there are around 72,000. When energy channels become blocked, energy becomes stagnant within them and this can lead to dysfunction and disease. Thai Yoga Massage uses specific pressure points and stretching along these channels in order to help unblock any stagnant energy and keep the body in harmony and balance. The stretches used in Thai Yoga Massage are based on Indian Yoga postures and many postures are recognisable, for example, The Cobra and The Tree (lying down). Similarities can be drawn between Thai Yoga Massage and the Japanese treatment, Shiatsu.