What is Thai Massage?
Thai Massage, sometimes called Thai Yoga Massage or even Thai Yoga Therapy, is a healing practice that has been used for more than 2500 years. The system is linked to ancient Yoga philosophy through a combination of acupressure and energy balancing techniques, assisted yoga postures and Indian Ayurvedic principals.
The art form has been passed down over centuries, is widely practiced throughout Thailand today and has been called one of the fastest growing modalities in the West. During a treatment a combination of acupressure, energy meridian work, and yoga-like stretches are incorporated.
Traditionally it differs from most forms of massage in that the client remains clothed, no oils are applied, and the therapist uses a soft mat on the floor, however adaptations including the use of a massage table, essential oils, and deep pressure for muscle release can be added to best suit the needs of each person. Thai massage can be a powerful complement to most lifestyles and can also be adjusted so it is suitable to clients of a wide variety of ages and physical abilities. It is a great form of hands-on and physical therapy to increase range of motion and improve circulation. It is also known to help move emotional blockages, increase overall energy, and promote a sense of calm and relaxation.
What to Expect in a treatment…
In traditional Thai format, the massage is performed on a comfortable, padded mat. The client wears loose-fitting, comfortable clothes that allow for movement, pants and long sleeves are recommended. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, deep massage, and gentle stretching are techniques that may be combined during a treatment. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, elbows, feet or all of the above throughout a treatment.
Generally, a session works through the whole body including the clients hands and feet, however the massage is designed to suit the individual and can take on a more specific focus to address health concerns. Thai massage induces a deep relaxation that leaves you feeling balanced and restored.
The traditional Thai massage can, however, just as well be adapted to be done on a conventional massage table or performed while the client is resting in a massage chair. If you have limited range of motion through the neck region, you are looking to focus more on shoulders and back, or you are just more comfortable off the ground, the massage table may be a suitable alternative. Therapeutic grade essential oils can be added upon request and applied during the treatment with a natural, non-synthetic carrier oil.
Be sure to indicate to Sarah at the time of boking if you wish to have the traditional format adapted so she can be set up for you.