Why should I get a Thai Massage? Thai Massage is one of the best therapeutic massage/bodywork treatments available for chronic pain and sports injuries. It is also an amazing treatment if you're experiencing lower back pain, sciatica, hip pain, neck pain, shoulder pain, jaw pain, arthritis, limited mobility or chronic pain. It is an outstanding way to help promote total relaxation and stress reduction. Together, these actions result in a comprehensive full body treatment that relieves muscular tension, improves circulation, boosts the immune system and balances the body energetically. Thai massage increases flexibility, releasing both deep and superficial tension, enhances the body’s natural energy flow, and promotes inner peace with a quiet mind. Initially affecting the physical body, it can then gradually reach the more subtle life forces - the emotions, thoughts, and senses. It is common for recipients to go into a Yoga Nidra state where time and space disappear and the healing takes place on a deeper level. Most clients report that following a session, they feel taller, more graceful, and more integrated, and they experience an exquisite sense of lightness in their body.
What can I expect in a Thai Massage session? During a Thai massage the practitioner uses their hands, elbows, knees and feet to compress muscles, release tense points and to gently stretch the body allowing it to relax, open and literally decompress. The Thai method traces and clears ten energy lines, which run along the fascia, covering all muscle groups and organs, reaching the major body systems. Thai Massage also activates the Parasympathetic Nervous System: which immediately lowers your sense of stress, brings health benefits like reducing blood pressure and strengthening the immune system, and lifts your mood. Though active for the practitioner, this is completely passive for the client. Thai bodywork is practiced on a heated mat designed for comfort. Fort total ease, the client remains fully clothed.
What should I wear to a Thai massage session? Please wear or bring a long sleeve shirt and long pants (yoga/athletic) that will allow for ease of movement.
What will I experience in a Thai massage session? After a Thai massage session, clients tend to feel as if they have been given a new body, one that is more limber, open and more alive. It is a true full body tune-up. This work is also effective for treating specific neuromuscular injuries, including muscle pain, spasm, dysfunction and chronic tightness.
What are the benefits of Thai Massage? The body benefits in five ways from Thai Massage:
1. Circulatory System: Improving blood circulation, lowers the heart rate, increases the temperature in the area being massage, increases lymphatic circulation and reduces edema (swelling).
2. Musculoskeletal System: Improving muscle strength and effectiveness, relieves muscle tension, reduces pain, removes toxins from the muscle mass, relaxes the tendons and enhances elasticity, increases joint mobility and flexibility, and reduces stiffness.
3. Nervous System: Stimulates and improves activity of the nerves and sensations with effects of reducing pain, enhancing sensation to the skin, and improving the function of the internal organs such as stomach, intestines, etc.
4. Respiratory System: Improves depth of breathing and relaxation.
5. Digestive System: Increases elasticity of digestive tract and stomach movement prevents and relieves indigestion.
Information extracted from Thai Massage the Thai Way: Healing Body and Mind.
What are the benefits of adding Herbs to a Thai Massage? Thai Herbal massage uses hot herbal compresses that are applied to the body to alleviate pain and inflammation by opening skin pores and transferring medicating heat to the muscles, joints and energy lines. Imagine being covered in herbal heating pads-Ahhhhh! Herbal compress therapy helps to harmonize and relax the body, to loosen energy blockages. Smelling and inhaling the herb-infused vapors induces deep relaxation. The herbs have a balancing effect on the mind, and help to reduce stress. Using hot compresses on the chest, throat and sinuses can also loosen mucus and open up the nasal passages.