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Thai Massage

(; Cathy Wong,; )

Thai Massage is one of the world’s oldest healing modalities.  It is believed to have been developed more than 2,500 years ago in India, and made its way to Thailand, where the techniques and principals gradually became influenced by Chinese medicine.

Contrary to Western style massage, traditional Thai massage does not primarily work with the physical body by kneading the muscles. Thai massage applies pressure along energy lines and acupressure points running through the body.

Thai massage is also called Yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches.  There is a lot of stretching involved in Thai Massage.  People who have had Thai Massage say it is like doing yoga without doing any of the work.

Thai massage also incorporates muscles compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure during the treatment.

One of the other significant differences between traditional massage and Thai Massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor.  No oil is used and you are fully clothed during the entire session.

As a practitioner of massage therapy, I have found that Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage opens a whole new possibility for working muscles more deeply and effectively.  I have several clients who could truly benefit from deep muscle work, but who aren’t able to take the intensity of the pressure involved in deep tissue massage.  Thai Yoga Massage may be a type of massage that could really open up a new level of therapeutic treatment and relaxation.  I have personally received Thai Yoga Massage myself and I find that it is now the only kind of massage that I want to receive.


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