What is it like to receive a Traditional Thai Massage?
Traditional Thai Massage is a full body, stress relieving experience, great for increasing flexibility, improving circulation and relaxation. Like many eastern therapies, Thai massage is also designed to boost the flow of LOM (energy) around your body. Your therapist will use slow rhythmic compressions and gentle rocking as well as bending you and stretching you to open up your joints. She will move you around in passive yoga-like positions, of which you can expect to be laying face up, on each side, face down and at times in a seated position. One of the most important principles is the continuous flow of sequential movements, preparing you for the next step in the massage. As you are twisted all over, you may feel like a puppet, just try to relax and let go. She will stimulate pressure points, throughout the massage, and possibly deep tissue techniques to ease muscular tension, boost circulation and get rid of toxins trapped in your tissue. Your therapist will use her hands, forearms, elbows, knees and even her feet, to achieve the full spectrum of depth required to meet your goals, you may even experience her walking on you.
It would be limiting to be undressed on a table, therefore in order to perform a Traditional Thai massage, it is done with the client fully clothed and on a comfortable mat on the floor. There is no need for lotions or oils, though you may request your therapist to apply Thai Balm, to assist the blood flow to certain areas, such as neck and feet. Thai massage typically last 1-3 hours, with 90 minutes feeling like an express treatment. To make the most of the meditative benefits of massage, treatment is typically done in complete silence. Should you have any questions or concerns please feel free to speak up, at anytime.
What are some benefits of Traditional Thai Massage?
- Improve alignment, increase range of motion & flexibility; relieve muscle pain & muscle spasms; Relieve joint pain
- Stimulate internal organs, blood circulation, lymphatic drainage; swollen limbs, fatigue and increase energy level
- Release headaches, emotional distress, calm the nervous system, clear your mind & promote a deep sense of relaxation
- Support physical activity or ease back into it, after having been stuck in a rut for a while.
Before your treatment…
Plan to dress in loose fitting/comfortable clothing (typical yoga clothes) no undergarments or jewelry, turn your cell phone off or on vibrate. If you must eat right before- keep it light, and remember to use the restroom.
With each treatment, make sure your therapist is aware of your health conditions that you are either having or have had, not limited to:
Spinal Injuries: herniated discs, fused spine, scoliosis
Bone & Joint issues: osteoporosis, replaced hips, ACL;
Cardiac Issues: heart attack, stroke, pacemaker
Circulatory Issues: high blood pressure (stabilized or not);
Cancer: (remission or undergoing treatment)
Pregnancy (how far along)
Some of the pressure used, may seem too penetrating, yet most will experience a release in tension and quickly adapt to the pressure, it helps to concentrate on letting go and enjoying a slow and steady breathe. For those who are feeling stiff, tender or fragile, please communicate to your therapist when you are experiencing “too much” and she will adjust the soft tissue manipulation and stretches to meet your level of comfort.