Massage is the application of various techniques to the muscular structure and soft tissues. Massage stretches and loosens muscle and connective tissue while improving blood flow and lymph movement. This speeds the removal of metabolic waste products from the cells resulting from exercise or inactivity. Massage stimulates the release of endorphins which improve the sense of well-being.
Massage gives tangible benefits on three crucial levels
- · Deep relaxation and stress release
· Relief of muscle tension and stiffness
· Increased ease and efficiency of movement
· Better circulation of blood and lymph
- · Relaxed state of alertness
· Decreased mental stress
· Greater ability to respond to stress signals
· Increased ability for clear thinking
- · Feeling of well being
· Enhanced self image
· Reduced levels of anxiety
· Increased awareness of the mind-body connection
Types of Massage
Different types of massage have different effects on the body and muscles. We will choose from various forms of massage therapy depending on your condition and goals.
Some forms of massage therapy help stretch muscles allowing them to relax. Other forms of massage therapy help to increase blood flow and oxygen to that area of the body enhancing mobility and encouraging the natural healing process. Some forms of massage therapy help relieve anxiety and tension and are strictly used for relaxation and stress management. Other forms of massage therapy are used to treat injuries from sports or accidents. At times, we may use more than one method depending on your needs. Used properly, these different types of massage therapy help your body heal naturally and enhance your quality of life.
Massage therapy based on specific needs
- In Swedish Massage, the strokes are broad, working larger muscle groups. The strokes are always in the direction of the heart because of moving blood and lymph. Swedish Massage is for relaxation and stress relief. This is your feel good massage.
- Deep Tissue
- Deep tissue is not really about going deep. This massage is very muscle specific. Muscles are worked from their origin, through the belly, to insertion. This massage is for those with specific muscle pain that needs to be worked out.
- Myofacial Massage involves assessing the body and applying stretches to the fascia and connective tissue between muscle and bone. The goal of myofacial is to reduce or eliminate pain, and increase range of motion, and balance the body. This massage is good for chronic pain or range of motion problems.
- In Thai stretching/massage, the practitioner will place your body in yoga like stretches that will release tension in the body. To deepen the stretches the therapist uses Thai massage techniques such as muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure. It is both relaxing and energizing at the same time.
Thai Massage Therapy
In Thai Stretching Massage, the practitioner will place your body in yoga like stretches that will release tension in the body. To deepen the stretches the therapist uses Thai Massage techniques such as muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure. It is both relaxing and energizing.
In 2008, I had the privilege of spending 5 weeks in Thailand studying their culture, food, and most importantly Thai Massage and Reflexology . I studied Thai Massage and Reflexology at the Thai Massage School of Chiang Mai.
What is different about Thai Stretching/Massage?
Thai stretching/massage is performed on a padded mat on the floor. Unlike table massage, the person receiving the massage remains fully clothed and no cream or oil is used. Clients are asked to wear light weight, loose fitting pants and a tee shirt that will allow movement. You should not eat a big meal just before receiving a session.
What are the benefits of Thai Stretching/Massage?
The benefits of Thai stretching/massage are similar to that of traditional massage. It relaxes muscles, reduces stress and improves circulation. It also helps improve energy flow, tones internal organs and increases flexibility and range of motion. Studies have shown that increased flexibility helps improves posture and reduce lower back pain.
How long does a Thai Stretching/Massage take?
A session can range from 30 minutes to 90 minutes in length. I have designed 30 minute protocols to focus on specific areas of the body, such as, the neck, shoulders and back or the lower back and legs. The 60 minute and longer massages are full body sessions. They both utilize many types of muscle compression and stretching in yoga like poses to release tension, improve muscle flexibility and range of motion.
Thai Stretching/Massage and Your Lifestyle.
Thai stretching/massage is the perfect complement to any lifestyle. There are many benefits to increased flexibility. First it allows you move better enjoying your activity more. Second, flexibility increases your muscle coordination allowing them to perform together more efficiently. Third, you reduce the risk of injury because stretching promotes muscle relaxation, which results in less accumulated toxins, less muscle shortening, and less fatigue. It doesn't matter what sport or activity you like to do, a protocol can be designed to help keep you moving your best.