thai bodywork massage
Given on a floor mat with clients fully clothed, the therapy is a whole-body treatment. It combines passive stretching and movement of joints with several touch techniques and work along energy meridians (called sen in Thai). The therapist uses their whole body in leverage and interactive work as they move and rock the client into various positions, apply rhythmic touch as well as some cross-fiber stroking of muscle and tendons. The treatment can be vigorous or gentle depending on the need or preference of the client. Always respectful and caring, it is adjustable to suit most clients, young or not-so-young, athlete or spectator. The therapy includes the following four basic positions: supine, side lying, prone, and in a sitting position. I recommend a 60 to 90 minutes session. The whole treatment is a graceful, nurturing, interactive dance that is sensitive to the condition of each person.
You do not have to already be flexible to get and enjoy Thai Bodywork. And it does not have to hurt.
What do you gain...
Numerous, with the most prominent being the maintenance of good health, the ability to treat a wide spectrum of health concerns, and the ability to clear the energy pathways. It also increases flexibility and range of movement, eliminates muscle pain and muscle spasms, improves postural alignment, calms the nervous system and promotes a deep sense of relaxation with an increased energy level, allows for a significant release of deep, emotional distress, stimulates blood circulation and lymph drainage, stimulates internal organs, relieves fatigue, swollen limbs, painful joints, and headaches.
The origins of traditional Thai massage reportedly began over 2,000 years ago along with the introduction of Buddhism. It is one of four branches of traditional medicine in Thailand, the others being herbs, nutrition , and spiritual practice. The legendary historical creator of Thai medicine is Dr. Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, known as Shivago Komarpaj in Thailand. Bhaccha was from the north of India and said to be a close associate of the Buddha and chief to the original community gathered around the Buddha. The movement of medicine into Thailand accompanied migration of monks from India to Thailand, possibly around the second century b.c.e. Thai medicine developed within the context of Buddhist monasteries and temples, where Thai have traditionally sought relief from all kinds of suffering.
While the recorded history of Thai massage was lost during the Burmese attack on the royal capital of Ayutthia in 1767, the surviving records are now inscribed in stone and can be found at the Sala Moh Nuat (massage pavilion) within the temple of Pra Chetuphon in Bangkok, known as Wat Po, the temple of the reclining Buddha. Its spiritual aspect also remains as teachers of the therapy begin classes with the practice of waikru, a series of prayers and recitations dedicated to Shivago Komarpaj, the father of Thai massage and the Goddess of Healing, and teachers of the tradition through the centuries.
$100/60 minutes - $130/90 minutes