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Thai Yoga Massage – Guest blog by Chrissy Meeson

Thai yoga massage is traditionally performed on a padded mat on the floor.  From a lying position the masseuse guides you through partner yoga poses and manipulates your body into stretches. Some traditional massage techniques, such as acupressure, compression and joint mobilization are also used but you remain fully clothed for the session and no oils are applied.

When you think of massage you probably expect to be a passive participant lying under a blanket as a masseuse presses and kneads muscles. Thai massage is a whole different experience as the masseuse uses palms of their hands, feet, thumbs and fists to knead the muscles and you’ll be twisted and stretched too.   Asanas, or yoga poses are part of this Eastern massage tradition. The practice promotes positive energy circulation, so you feel balanced and rejuvenated.

The principal of Thai yoga Massage is that tightened muscles lead to the diminished flow of energy in your body. When energy can’t flow freely you become inflexible, suffer pain and feel stiff. Overtime this leads to shortened muscles and connective tissue that affects your posture, immunity and organ function.  All of which speed up aging and disability.  The pressing techniques used in Thai massage are designed to increase blood circulation to facilitate the better flow of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. It also helps your body naturally get rid of waste, such as metabolic by-products and carbon dioxide more efficiently.  Adding stretching to the massage process helps relax the muscles further, so they naturally regain natural flexibility and tone. You’ll relieve chronic stiffness and experience improved mobility.

As well as the physical and spiritual benefits of Thai yoga massage it can be used as alternative technique to helping with certain medical conditions.  People dealing with chronic pain can find temporary relief by having a Thai Massage.  Study research published in 2015 by Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice. In the six studies reviewed, people reported a 25 to 80 percent reduction of pain that lasted up to 15 weeks following a Thai massage protocol.

A specific type of Thai yoga massage that involves applying pressure against specific meridians in the body, called court-type Thai massage, was shown as an effective treatment for people suffering from tension headaches. Another study published in a 2015 issue of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, explains that the relief may be attributed to how Thai massage stimulates blood and lymph circulation and relaxes the sympathetic nervous system.

Also more traditional therapeutic massage is often prescribed as a way to reduce stress and induce relaxation. Thai massage affords these same benefits. Medical Science Monitor Basic Research in 2015 tested the ability of Thai massage to reduce enzymatic markers of overall stress levels. Researchers found that Thai massage was slightly more effective than simply resting in reducing psychological stress.

Stay well,  CHRISSY.


We offer Thai Massage from 30 minute in our Chill-Out Pamper packages (subject to availability) to 90 minute treatments:-

30 minute foot, leg and hip massage.
30 minute back and shoulder massage.
30 minute facial massage.

Or, all together for 90 minutes of relaxation and body rejuvenation.

If you’d like any information contact us and we will link you with Chrissy.

 

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