WHAT IS IT?
Thai Massage is an ancient bodywork practice that combines acupressure, compression, energy meridian work and yoga-like stretching. It balances energy lines and increases the flow of blood and lymph by removing blockages in the tissues of the body. The closest thing westerners might be familiar with would be to describe this as an Ayurvedic version of Shiatsu that encourages great relaxation and rejuvenation. But while the Thai tradition was influenced by the healing traditions of other cultures, it exists in its own right.
You will continue to remain passive, while gently and fluidly, I do yoga-influenced stretches TO you. Yoga for lazy people! — or just people who wish to benefit from its many positive effects, from stress reduction to muscle spasm relief and the treatment of a wide variety of complaints using energy work. This work is also a conscious, meditational application of Metta (love and compassion) that will leave you with a life-affirming feeling of being well cared for.
Your joints will be taken gently through their full range of motion, lubricating them and bringing greater elasticity and flexibility to your muscles and tendons. You will feel your whole body loosen and relax and experience a delicious sense of calm and serenity. Paradoxically, you will also feel more invigorated at the same time!
The deep presses of Thai massage squeeze the muscles and stretch the fascia (connective tissue). This helps to break down adhesions and stimulates the production of elastic fibres. I will be stretching your body in many directions, helping to bring balance and comfort back to your musculature and throughout your fascial system. I will ask you to participate in communication that will allow us to coordinate a perfect degree of stretch, and throughout the session, I will maintain a vigilant, meditative sensitivity. You can feel safe and assured that you will never be pressed beyond your edges. My school’s style, based on the traditions of Northern Thailand (where I have also studied), combines elements of restorative yoga which emphasize comfort, relaxation and gentle stretching. Bolsters and/or pillows may be used to ensure comfort for particularly inflexible bodies. I will encourage you to maintain an awareness of your breath which, as in yoga, has an extremely beneficial effect on the work.
The idea is to take the muscles just beyond what their normal relaxed length would be. The muscles have a system by which they begin to sense this degree of stretch as the new state of relaxation. You will enjoy the sensation of a relaxed opening through your body.
I am a Registered Thai Therapist.
COVID-19 gave me the time to engage in online learning about how Thai Medical Theory could inform my massage protocols for optimum efficacy (2021).
I completed Therapeutic Thai Massage Levels 3 and 4 (acupressure), Thai Foot Massage and Thai Herbal Hot Compress Course at Thai Massage Shivagakomarpaj (Old Medicine Hospital), in Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2016. This built upon my certification with 375 hours of training through Thai Massage Toronto (Levels I-IV) in 2010.
Thai massage using steamed herbal compresses! Treat your muscles to the warming, healing balm of this ancient technique. The hot herbal bundles are applied to the clothed body and help release toxins, relieve muscle tension and joint pain and increase circulation in the body. The tantalizing aroma stimulates the senses to reduce mental fatigue and stress and clears the respiratory system. Those suffering from Fibromyalgia have reported great relief with this therapy. Clients will purchase a pair of the bundles for $15 and they can be used for up to 4 sessions if kept in the freezer.
Thank you to those who made for full enrolment at my last Introduction to Thai Massage workshop. I will look forward to creating future events in Toronto and around southern Ontario. Join my mailing list if you’d like to keep informed or to request a workshop in your town.
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