WHAT IS THAI MASSAGE ABOUT?
The ultimate goal of Thai bodywork is to open up the layers of the body and encourage ease in movement – of your blood, lymph, the fluid in your joints, of your nervous system.
During a Thai Massage session you’ll wear loose, comfortable clothing while relaxing on a heated mat on the floor. Treatments involve a combination of deep tissue compression, massage with homemade herbal liniments and balms, passive stretching, point and channel work, the application of hot herbal compresses, and fire cupping and scraping when needed.
A massage can increase circulation, relieve muscle tension, increase joint mobility and flexibility, open the Sen (channels), and encourage a parasympathetic state which induces deep relaxation, calms the mind, and encourages digestion.
Thai Massage is widely known for its dynamic stretches or practice of walking on the body. Although these tools are sometimes used, Thai massage offers much more than that. It is one of the five branches of Traditional Thai Medicine and part of a holistic health treatment system. Often a Thai ‘massage doctor’ will also have extensive knowledge in herbalism, element theory and diet. Buddhism permeates all forms of Thai medical practice as it is one of the five branches of medicine.
Occasionally clients see me for the first time, at 5 feet tall, and wonder if I will be able to apply enough pressure to treat their bound up tissue:) My answer is yes! My style is firm yet relaxing, and since I work on the floor I am able to utilize not only gravity but my feet and knees when needed.
I am grateful to be studying with Nephyr Jacobson, founder of the Naga Center & School of Traditional Thai Medicine. *See this great Blog Post of hers for a great read on the broad spectrum of techniques offered by Thai Massage, a modality stemming from traditional medicine.
Thai helps with a variety of ailments, including:
Headaches and migraines
Chronic back or other pain
Anxiety and depression
Acute injuries such as ankle sprains
Neck spasms and whiplash
Nerve pain and entrapment issues such as carpal tunnel or thoracic outlet syndromes
QUICK, HELPFUL READS ABOUT THAI MASSAGE
THAI YOGA - REUSI DA TON
Thai Herbal Medicine -Jacobson
Research Study – Effect of Thai Massage on headaches