Thai Massage

What is Thai Massage?

Unlike Western massage styles, the Thai Massage is provided on a padded floor mat with the recipient fully dressed. Rhythmic compressions, rolling of limbs, pulsing controlled pressure points and gentle rocking are Thai massage methods practiced in order to relax and realign energies in the body. Varying amounts of pressure are applied to energy lines (or ‘Sen’) along the body in accordance with the common Ayurvedic principles of balancing one’s energy. Elbows, feet, knees and forearms are used to execute specific strokes and manipulations, making the experience quite physical for both parties.

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Benefits of Thai Massage

– Improves flexibility
-Oxygenation of the blood
-Refines postural alignment
-Enhances function of vital organs
-Releases muscle tension

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Thai massage is a style of massage that combines acupressure, assisted yoga postures, and ayurveda. It originated in Buddhist monasteries as a form of preventative health care for monks.

“The result of a full-body Thai treatment is often an exciting and powerful mind/body healing experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to heightened states of physical and spiritual well-being.”

For some, Thai massage is part a spiritual practice that incorporates the practices of mindfulness, breath awareness, and focused compassion. These techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help bring the treatment session to a focused and much deeper level.

Check out Thai Healing Alliance International for more information!

Photo Credit: J. Rupe
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