Traditional Thai Massage
Steeped in centuries of tradition, Traditional Thai massage (Nuad Thai or Nuad Boran) is an incredibly versatile and adaptable form of bodywork full of many techniques, deep and subtle, that allow each session to be personalized to any and every body. Thai massage is done on a comfortable mat on the floor with the receiver wearing comfortable and stretchy clothing. Thai massage therapies don’t need to use oils, but occasionally specific treatments call for healing balms, liniments, salves and steamed Thai herbal compresses. The Thai massage practitioner uses thumbs and fingers, hands, knees, elbows and feet to release muscle tension and create space in your body for freedom of movement and to free stuck energy. Using breath awareness along with compression, rocking, stretching and yoga like movements a Thai massage is a mind/body healing experience, balancing energy and awakening harmony in all levels of your being.
Chi Nei Tsang/Thai Abdominal Massage
Developed over a millennia by the Taoist medical system, Chi Nei Tsang abdominal massage has integrated beautifully into Thai massage. Chi Nei Tsang literally means “working the energy of the internal organs”. Many healing practices all over the world acknowledge the abdomen as the energy center of our health and well being. In Thai massage theory the abdomen is the energetic center of our bodies, where all energy comes in to and is released from the body. Stress, poor posture and injuries cause tension and emotions to accumulate in the abdomen leading to a variety of physical and emotional problems. Supported by the balance and healing of Thai herbal compresses, we work with your breath and use deep, gentle and intuitive touch to help you release tensions and held patterns in your abdomen to restore healthy balance to your entire body. Some of the benefits include: better digestion, decreased indigestion and bloating, increased energy, improved immune function, improved posture, the ability to breathe more freely, release of old emotions and a feeling of well being. Some people report feeling and standing taller and seeing more clearly after a session. This incredible bodywork brings deep healing.
Prenatal Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage is a wonderful way to nurture the expecting Mama through this beautiful time of incredible change. Prenatal Thai Massage uses lots of comfy pillows and supportive cushions and the deeply relaxing and energy balancing Thai herbal compresses with compressions and stretches designed to relieve physical, emotional and mental stresses that can come with pregnancy. The benefits include decreased edema, decreased back and sciatic pain, reduced headaches, ease and increased depth of breath, improved sleep and mood, and let’s the mama to be find space and stillness in her breath in practice for labor. Women with high-risk pregnancies, including preeclampsia, must get their doctor’s permissions before receiving massage.
Thai Herbal Compresses
Thai herbal compresses are little bundles of Traditional Thai medicinal herbs including galangal, ginger, lemongrass, kaffir lime, turmeric, eucalyptus and others. The herbs are chopped and dried (or made fresh in Thailand) and then wrapped in a natural cloth bundle. The bundles are then steamed and then compressed into the body during a Thai massage session, in conjunction with all the other amazing Thai techniques. The heat and moisture combined with the healing and balancing qualities of the herbs penetrate deeply into skin, muscles and joints providing nourishing, deep healing, decreased soreness and tension in the body, and increased circulation. They are deeply relaxing as well energizing and they smell incredible!