Massage is a part of everyday Thai life. Thai massage originated over 2,500 years ago and is believed to have been originally developed by a physician to Buddha. For centuries Thai Massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine.
I first started learning Thai Massage at the age of 4 from my Grandmother. In most families, this is a basic skill to learn. Family members help each other, and in the absense of Western style medicine like Physiotherapy, Thai massage is important to treat a range of mobility issues, particularly in the elderly, as well as providing relaxation.
I don't know how I could live with not getting a Thai massage regularly. My husband and I help each other, and it is a skill that basics can be learned quickly to help treat and relieve a particular issue. Feel free to ask me about techniques you can take home and apply yourself.
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage.
Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.
Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment.
People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.
What should I expect during my visit?
Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor.
No oil is applied, so you are fully dressed. You are asked to bring or wear comfortable clothing to the massage.
A typical Thai massage is 60 minutes to two hours long.
What conditions is Thai massage used for?
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:
improves range of motion
centers the mind and body
Massage is not recommended for certain people:
-infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
-immediately after surgery
-immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
-prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage
-pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.
-massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
Don’t eat a heavy meal or drink alcohol before the massage.
If it's your first time, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.
Be sure that you give me your complete health history, because people with certain conditions should not have Thai massage.
If you feel discomfort at any time, let me know. Your comfort is important to me, and I can adjust my technique to suit your preference.