Different to Swedish or other massage, the client stays fully clothed in loose fitting, comfortable or gym type wear with no zips or fastenings. The treatment is performed on a massage bed or sometimes on the floor on a yoga mat. This allows the practitioner to use their feet, knees and hips as well as their hands, forearms and elbows to massage their client. This results in an amazing form of deep tissue massage for the client but with minimal effort from the therapist.
Theoretical foundation of Thai massage -Thai massage is based on the concept of invisable energy lines running through the body. There are ten that are especially important "the 10 Sen or Sib Sen" The background of this theory appears to lie in yoga philopsophy. Life energy known as Prana is absorbed with the air we breathe and the food we eat. Disturbances in the flow of this energy results in poor supply of Prana which in turn leads to illness. The idea is that massage can break the blockages, facilitating the free flow of Prana.
During the 60 minute treatment, Sen energy lines are gently worked in the legs, stretches and compressions are performed to the legs and hips, moving on to the arms and some neck work using different techniques.
In Thai massage, your muscles are stretched and your joints manipulated just a little more than if you attempted the same moves unaided. This often gives you the benefit of increasing your flexibility, suppleness and range of movement. It can then help to restore balance within and between the major muscle groups, easing pain and helping to improve your posture and reducing the likelihood of getting injured.The many benefits include:
- Increased flexibility
- Relief of muscle pain and tension
- Improved range of motion
- Improved circulation and lymphatic flow
- Reduction of stress and headaches
- Increase in energy and improved sleep