Benefits of Thai Massage
Thai massage is a very holistic practice. With the hands of a skilled Thai massage practitioner, one can experience a sublimely rhythmical workout that balances the body's need for movement and stretching. Each session provides a relaxed state in which excessive worry and stress seem to evaporate.
Utilizing pressing techniques, gentle rocking, and various yoga-like stretches, clients are able to relieve body stiffness, gain flexibility and help improve overall balance in major muscle groups. Massage is able to stimulate energy lines which help promote and balance energy throughout the body. Thai massage interacts directly with the muscular, circulatory and nervous systems to enhance your body's natural healing ability.
Thai Massage Techniques
The Thai massage practitioner uses their body weight while the client often uses his or her breath control to experience a much deeper workout. Working together, the massage therapist and the client can obtain a more thorough massage than with with yoga alone. Using an alternation of deeper and gentle massage techniques, my clients are able to experience, what I call, a "good release of tension". Working within a client's ability, deep stretches help release tension and open up the flow of energy and vitality.
Clients have informed me their yoga and pilate practice improves at a quicker rate using Thai massage techniques. Thai massage is also ideal for athletes, dancers, and anyone who wants to achieve maximum performance. When a client is very inflexible and stiff, I use much more gentle stretches until they able to relax and feel comfortable. These stretches help the body to produce endorphins, a natural body pain reliever.
As well as massage, I am trained in Traditional Thai Foot Reflexology and also have been studying Vipassana meditation. This has greatly benefited my massage practice as it allows me to be more mindful and focus on a compassionate, caring intention. We say a small prayer before each massage asking to allow us to be of benefit to this person we are touching. I find this practice very meditative as it flows from one sequence to the next, allowing the client to experience sensations in their body more fully and use that as a portal to expand their consciousness.