Thai Massage...for Transformation, for Health, for Healing
How is Thai Therapy different from 'regular' massage.....almost totally. It is performed on a mat situated on the floor in order to achieve maximum benefit from weight, leverage, balance, and gravity. The client remains dressed in loose, comfortable clothing. Gentle pressure and compression are used to stimulate internal organs, relax tense muscles and calm the nervous system. Passive stretching adjusts the skeletal structure, increases flexibility, and restores movement. It is often compared to a dance in which the bodies of practitioner and client merge in continuing movement.
Thai Therapy is ideal for those desiring deep relaxation, release from stress, and maximum flexibility as well as those seeking to increase their level of health, well-being, and vitality. It calms the mind. Its many therapeutic benefits are appropriate for both the young and the elderly. Thai Therapy recognizes the unity of the whole being. Treatment is comprehensive and maximizes the body's potential. This is an ancient art with origins extending far back in history, yet it addresses the ills of present-day society.
Benefits include: increased range of motion and flexibility
increased blood and lymphatic circulation
softened fascia (connective tissue)
reduced joint pain and restriction
calmer mind and emotions
deeper rest and relaxation
Who can be helped? Thai Therapy is beneficial to an extraordinarily wide range of people. Because of its effectiveness in inducing deep rest and relaxation, it is beneficial to anyone in need of stress reduction or with stress related disorders. With its unique use of stretching movements, it is useful for everyone who would benefit from increased flexibility. This includes almost everyone., from the athlete to the elderly. Its emphasis on peripheral stimulation through pressure points make it useful in the alleviation of organic disorders. The combination of these attributes place Thai Therapy in a unique position as a healing therapy.
Just as no two people respond to any stimulus in precisely the same way, people will vary in their response to Thai Therapy. A person who is relaxed, and open to new experiences, will benefit the most. One who is more tense, rigid, or fearful, will still benefit, but to a lesser degree. Some will find that a single treatment can radically alter their perception of their own body, and therefore their sense of Self, while others will require a longer time to achieve the same result.
Release of Muscular Tension - Muscles stay loose days after a session. To achieve this result, the therapist presses knuckles, feet, hands, thumbs and fingers into specific points while holding the participant in a stretch. This combined effort relieves areas of muscular stress and tension. Techniques involve stretching myofascial tissue; acupressure; compression of tissue; and manipulation of soft tissue.
Balances Energy - Thai Therapy is based on the idea that you have 10 energy meridians, known as Sip Sen, that run through your body and convey your body’s invisible energy force known as Qi. Imbalances in Qi are believed to correspond to illness, disease, mental distress and other physical and mental symptoms. By manipulating the flow of Qi through your body using specific techniques, Thai Therapy practitioners can help restore the proper flow and balance of Qi, which may help bring your body back into equilibrium.
Improved Circulation - Thai Therapy works in a similar way to regular yoga poses. As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the yogi releases the pose, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. Twisting and inverted Thai Therapy positions, such as plough, shoulder stand and spinal twist, are particularly effective in refreshing circulation. Inverted poses can help with lymphatic drainage, the return of blood to the heart and digestion.
Improves Mental Well-Being - Thai Therapy helps increase your sense of mental well-being through stress relief, relaxation and encouraging a meditative state of mind. You may experience a reduction in symptoms of depression, anxiety and tension. Thai Therapy may help you feel calmer and more peaceful through the deeply relaxing stretches and techniques which help to harmonize your mind and body.
Boosted Immune System - Participants can improve their immune systems through Thai Therapy. By invigorating the nervous system and releasing toxins through improved circulation, Thai Therapy students may increase their immunity to diseases. Many yoga students and yoga schools also believe that the practice of yoga poses can lead to longevity.
Promotes Flexibility - Thai Therapy emphasizes deep stretching and lengthening of your muscles through manipulated yoga practice. This practice can help increase your level of flexibility and release stored tension in your body. Thai practitioners guide you through specific yoga poses and also manipulate your body into certain positions based on your body’s particular needs. If your hips are tight, for example, a practitioner may guide your body into yoga hip-openers. The practitioner places your body into these poses, then uses gentle pressure to deepen the stretch and open your joints.