Thai massage is a very holistic practice. With the hands of a skilled Thai massage practitioner, one can experience a sublimely rhythmical workout that balances the body’s need for movement and stretching. Utilizing pressing techniques, gentle rocking, and various yoga-like stretches, clients are able to relieve body stiffness, gain flexibility and help improve overall balance in major muscle groups. This massage interacts directly with the muscular, circulatory and nervous systems to enhance your body’s natural healing ability.
Thai massage is said to stimulate energy lines which help promote and balance energy throughout the body. Out of these energy lines Thai massage has selected 10 mainlines on which there are especially important acupressure points. Massaging these lines and points makes it possible to treat a whole range of diseases or relieve pain. The 10 mainlines are sufficient to conduct practical treatment for the whole body and its internal organs.
Here’s what our therapist, Kirana, has to say about Thai Massage:
Thai Massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure points. Ayurveda from India and assisted yoga postures to release blockages balance the flow of energy throughout the body and diminish the muscle tension. The client wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat on the floor. I follow designated body energy lines by using hands, forearms, elbows, knees and feet as a part of rhythmic pressing, flowing movements and stretching of the entire body.
– Kirana Udomvipharat
Thai Massage Techniques
The client receives Thai Massage fully clothed in something that allows free movement without clothing restriction; many wear a t-shirt and yoga pants/sweats and socks. The massage is done on a large mat on the floor. The Thai massage practitioner uses their body weight, an alternation of deeper and gentle massage techniques, and deep stretches to help release tension and open up the flow of energy and vitality. There is a lot of stretching involved and many exercises might well be described as “applied physical Yoga.” You do NOT need any experience in Yoga to benefit greatly from this modality.
It is recommended that a client begin with 90-minute sessions to have maximum benefit of this healing body work. You are required to wear loose fitting clothing.
Thai reflexology is the application of pressure upon specific pressure points of the feet that correspond to different body organs and systems. Pressure is applied by using hands, fingers and a wooden stick with cream and Thai balm.
It improves general health and energy flow and helps the body to maintain homeostasis. The muscles in the feet get hardly any exercise, and circulation slows with many hours of standing, sitting or wearing uncomfortable/improper shoes.
It helps in pain reduction of the body and aids recovery after an injury.
It prevents and heals many symptoms such as headache, stress, migraine, depression and anxiety and also reduces the effects of flat feet and plantar fasciitis.
Thai reflexology can be an add-on with the regular massage in each session (ex: 60 minutes of regular massage + 30 minutes of reflexology).