Who is it for?
It is for anyone! One doesn’t have to like the practice of like yoga to enjoy the advantages of this type of massage. I find its mostly beneficial and for those who struggle with mobilty, but I can’t be biased and just like the rewards I see in their delights.
>Therefore its for any one, no matter their age, size and fitness to benefit.
>As long as they wish to improve their personal level of mobility.
>People looking for remedial benefits from an all rounded system.
>Being able to remain full clothed in also a bonus. Clothing needs to be stretchy, soft/ loose fitting.
>It is enjoyed a lot by individual who like Eastern philosophy and medicine, but its not essential. As you’ll be receiving >here, not learning.
>Lastly it good for people seeking for a full body treatment as it covers the whole body no matter the length of time spent because it begins with a warm-up routine
The Main Differences In The Two Styles;
It is said to go back 2500 years. Founded by a Dr Shivagakomarpaj, a Theravada Buddhist. Originally practiced and developed by Buddhist monks and later became nationally acclaimed as their medicine. It is a form of massage that gives a complete guide to the energetic system of the human body and was used and medicine to heal illness, even those with root cause steaming from organ ill-health. Before the changes of cultural alliances and its wide-spread practice. Although both of these where a result of the validity recognized in the massage system.
With the client lying on their back the therapist starts the routine on the feet. The therapist then travels up to the hips and back down. The routine also consists of lifting a limb at a time and holding it in a position that corresponds to a yoga posture. While a limb is anchored into a yoga pose by the practitioner’s body, the practitioner then sets to work. Running their thumbs up and down your meridian lines, stretch your limbs, then rocking the limb out of the pose. The movements and strokes are a combination of thumb, palm and knuckle pressure. The movements of the limbs are a matter of rotating the joints and stretching the body when releasing the limb out of the pose.
Then the same is repeated on the other side. Deepening on the length of the treatment, the clients, mobility, depth of breath, level of anxiety, tension and reason for treatment, will determine whether or not meridian/ energy work is applied and what stretches I use and the number of stretches to perform.
After the legs have been done then the arms and hands are massaged. Like the legs, these stretches benefit far more than the locality of the limb being held. For example, in the case of the leg stretches, the hips, gluteus muscles, lower back and sciatic nerves all benefits from the various positions the legs are placed in and the meridians/ energy massaged. While in the case of the arms, the shoulders, rib cage, diaphragm, chest, and upper back also receive the benefits.
After all four limbs have been massaged the therapist moves on to the abdomen or the neck, head, face. With my western clients I like to incorporate some Cranial Sacral therapy at this point because for them it is more conducive to relaxation. Especially for individuals who have never had Thai massage before. Some individuals may feel little anxious because they are used to controlling everything in their lives. For these individuals they jump back into conscious thinking, mentally asking themselves why their limbs are being lifted and where too. Often causing them to assist me, because we westerners are not used to letting go and allowing passive movements. This is counteractive to the massage, its effects, and my job. Therefore I integrate some healing work out of my toolbox of skills to counteract this resistance, fear and inability to relax and let go. This is necessary if one is to really experience the beauty of this healing art form. It has the ability to make you feel like you’ve had a workout and a day at the spa, simultaneously. This is achieved by passive mobility! known as PNF proprioceptive neuromuscular facilitation stretching. Whereby you let go and allow your body to be moved and lengthened and softened in a corresponding supportive, nurturing way.
From here a Thai massage therapist can either work with the client lying on their side before turning them over to lye on their stomachs. Since I tend to work with the client’s internal rhythm, stress levels and breath at all times there is rarely enough time in the west, to treat a client of their side, unless they are pregnant, in which case they will remain on their sides. A side position allows more joint manipulation and soft tissue release in the spine, shoulders, sacrum, groins and hips, therefore in this intermittent period there is a lot of stretching and mobilisation.
Once the client lies on their stomachs I’ll work on the back of their legs. If not deeply, its because I’ve already engaged them previously from a different position, but at the very least I will make contact with them again, to induce the sense of wholeness. With the legs in the position, I can mobilise them to stretch the groins and tone the lower back by leg lifts. As opposed to the leg lifts they reviewed while lying on their backs, which were done to stretch their hamstrings. I also further work on relaxing their gluteus if it is necessary, mobilise and softening the tissues around the sacrum then I massage their back.
The back also consists of three energy lines, like in the legs and arms. By working along these a Thai massage therapist induces the spinal fluid to flow, creating softness in the muscles and relaxation in the mind. Both emotional and mental release is attained with the client’s depth breath deepening. On each exhalation, thumb pressure is applied along the spinal meridian lines. Inducing further; physical emotional and mental release, as the body yields itself to that level of passivity necessary for PNF stretching. After the meridian lines are done, I massage the muscles and energy points in and around the shoulder blades and along the neck. Then I mobilise and stretch the shoulders. This stretch elongates the pectoral muscles in the front of the chest and softens the rhomboids muscles across the shoulder blades. The back massage can be finished with large stretches that are more like, the whole body backbends. As such bends are the passive versions of a cobra, reclining camel and boat poses they affect the corresponding organs and internal nervous, hormonal, respiration, digestive and reproductive systems in the same ways these yoga poses do.
You may think this is the end, but you’ll be in for a great surprised when the therapist goes on to either asking you to turn over again to lye back down on your back (to massage your neck, head, and face or too turn over at sit up. Whereby they will continue to massage your upper body. In this position they can get further into your trapezium muscles, followed by your neck, head, and finish off by massage your face. Leave you feeling nurtured, whole, full and healthy.
If your still having doubts or perhaps you are filled with curiosity, pop over to the about me page. Where you can stroll down, to read my story. It’s kinda displayed in the chronologically, but by no means is it a memoir.
However you might just find something there that will put you at ease! About whether or not I am the therapist for you. I say therapist because the word ‘Massage’, for some implies that I moistures people for a living when I don’t.
A friend of mine once said my work resembles that of a body psychologist and a women once said to a colleague of mine, while she proceeded to point me out ‘do you see her, walking across there, the one wearing……… She is a real medicine women’.
Anyhow enough blowing my horn. As you can see from all the spelling and grammatical mistakes I made this site myself. So I have no body to write such wonderful things, form a third person], perspective.