Thai bodywork is one of the few massage modalities that actually moves the body while being performed. Its application addresses the body as a whole while still focusing on specific issues and complaints. There is a depth to the practice of Traditional Thai bodywork that reaches the physical, emotional, mental, psychic and spiritual bodies that, in my opinion, surpasses many western therapies and techniques. I have personally experienced and witnessed the profound effects Thai bodywork can have on individuals searching for a deeper level of balance, wellness, and joy in their lives.
Thai Massage/Bodywork uses deep compression, thumb pressing of lines and points, stretching and joint range of motion. The combination of both tissue release techniques and body manipulation help the recipient achieve greater balance of body and mind. Thai bodywork session releases the physical restrictions in the body, allowing it to function optimally. Tight muscles are relieved, pathways of movement are opened, and restricted joints are mobilized, allowing for deeper body awareness and the freedom to live a more vital, less restricted life.
Hot Herbal Compress massage incorporates a blend of traditional Thai herbs like camphor, ginger, kaffir lime, and lemongrass in a compact ‘bundle’ that is applied directly to the body, targeting specific areas of pain, stiffness, and muscles aches. This healing herbal treatment will provide relief from chronic symptoms of stress and anxiety. The unique blend of these traditional herbs has both a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind. It soothes aches and pains while simultaneously boosting the body’s energy reserve.
Thai Fire Cupping is recommended for treating pain, breaking down deep scar tissues in the muscles and connective tissue, relieves muscle knots, and reduces swelling and inflammation. During a Thai fire cupping session, a flame is inserted into the special cup and quickly removed. The heated cup is then applied to the treatment area. By adding fire to the inside of the cup, oxygen is removed (which is replaced with an equal volume of carbon dioxide) and a small amount of suction is created as the air begins to cool. The suction is what allows the cup to stay attached. The skin gently draws upwards by the vacuum created over the targeted area of the skin and the healing treatment begins. Generally, the cups will stay in place for five to fifteen minutes.
Body Scraping (Gua Sha) involves repeated pressured strokes over lubricated skin with a smooth edge. The skin is typically lubricated with massage oil and scraped with a ceramic Chinese soup spoon or specific gua sha tool. The scraper is firmly placed against the surface of the oiled skin, then moved down the muscles. This repeated action breaks down blockages and stimulates healthy blood flow. You should feel a noticeable decrease in pain or discomfort immediately following a scraping session.