The healing art of Thai Massage is an ancient and sacred system of healing. It has roots in yoga, Ayurvedic medicine and Buddhist spiritual practice. It is a unique and powerful system of yoga therapy, which combines rhythmic massage, acupressure, palming and thumbing along energy lines, and deep stretching. Like yoga postures, it works on the skeletal, muscular, lymphatic, endocrine and nervous systems. Thai massage stimulates and balances the flow of healing energy within the body, opens the areas which are blocked, and increases balance and harmony for health, happiness and overall well-being. Traditional Thai Massage is our #1 recommendation for posture problems.
Our Massage Therapist, Jeff, offers three types of Thai Bodywork. You can discuss which combination of treatments would be best suited for you at the time of your appointment with Jeff.
- Nuad Bo-Rarn: This is the well known “yoga massage” of northern Thailand as taught to me by Kanchanoo Muangsiri and Poranee Sakulsukeow at the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai. Nuad Bo-Rarn is done on a mat on the floor and in addition to assisted, yoga like stretches the giver presses with thumbs and the palm along the “Sen Sib”, the energy pathways in traditional Thai Medicine, to relieve blockages and restore health. The receiver of Nuad Bo-Rarn is clothed in loose fitting yoga clothes. Traditionally a Nuad Bo-Rarn session last from 2 to 4 hours, I offer it as a 60, 90 or 120 minute session.
- Tok Sen is a technique developed in the Chiang Mai region, employed by farmers and others involved in physically taxing employment. Translated literally it means “hammering the energy pathways”. The tools are a simple stick and wooden hammer made with the wood from a tree that has been struck by lightening. The stick end is placed over a tight muscle, knot or sen lines then tapped with the hammer causing deep but safe vibrations to transmit through muscle tissues. This is a very quick way to release muscle knots and create overall relaxation. I was taught Tok Sen by Phor Mor Tananan Fainanto in Lampoon Province, Thailand. I offer Tok Sen as an addition to any other treatment.
- Luk Pra Kob or Thai Herbal Compress is one of the treasures of Thai culture, used in traditional medicine for over 400 years.The Thai Herbal Compress treatment may be beneficial if you are prone to deep-seated tension in your back, neck or shoulders. It is superb for the relief of repetitive strain from long hours at the computer. It is wonderful for general body detoxification. The treatment uses a blend of herbs which are wrapped in unbleached cotton and heated in a steamer. This hot compress is then applied to the body for the relief of muscular aches and pains, and to exfoliate and soften the skin. The spherical compress becomes a massage tool, tapping, twisting and pressing, kneading and dragging the tense muscle and connective tissue. Heating the compress releases the essential oils of the medicinal herbs, allowing them to penetrate the skin and enhancing the relaxation response.In addition to relieving pain, swelling and stress, the Luk Pra Kob creates a feeling of Sabai: bliss, ease, balance. I was trained in Luk Pra Kob by Poranee Sakusakeow and Tanyalak Wongchak at Thai Massage School of Chaing Mai. Available as a 60 or 90 minute treatment.
Benefits of Thai Bodywork:
• Increase flexibility and improve posture
• Release stored tension and emotions in the body
• Pain relief
• Increased energy and concentration
• Improved blood and lymph circulation
• Boost the immune system
• Opening or loosening of the joints
• Lengthening and stretching of tight or sore muscles
• Deep relaxation and improved mental state
• Improve resistance to injury
• Improve range of motion
• Help to release lactic acid and other toxins
• Provide relief from stress and anxiety-related conditions such as fatigue, headaches, and insomnia
Preparation for a Thai session:
• Wear comfortable clothes! Thai bodywork is done FULLY clothed in order to fully access critical acupressure points and facilitate deeper stretching. Yoga clothes or an over-sized tee and pajama pants do just nicely.
• As you would for a yoga class, avoid eating at least two hours before a session if possible.
• Avoid using heavy moisturizers and oils before your session.
• Prepare to let go. Often the hardest part in receiving bodywork is relaxing into someone else’s energy. Try to relax and focus on slowing down your breath.
As with any type of bodywork, please discuss any injuries or areas that you do not prefer to be worked on.