Thai Yoga Massage
Traditional Thai Yoga massage uses no oils or lotions. You will remain fully dressed throughout the treatment, so you should choose fitted but comfortable clothing. The treatment is performed on a cotton covered memory foam mat on the floor. As an alternative, I can use shiatsu cushions which allow your head to face downwards like on a massage couch. Less mobile people often find this method more comfortable.
Contrary to popular preconceptions, Thai Yoga Massage does not require you to be flexible, athletic or strong. Each treatment is designed to suit client needs. As the basic principle is to balance the energy in the body with palming and thumbing techniques, this form of body work can be done on anyone: young, old, healthy or unwell.
Wonderful yoga-based stretches are secondary and do not need to be integral to the treatment. However, for those able to receive them, these effective and beautiful stretches really enhance the experience and benefits.
The sequences of stretching and pressure work are given in a smooth, unhurried and harmonious way with one move dissolving into the next; this generates a feeling of deep relaxation and balance within your body. Thai Yoga Massage is always practised in a meditative mood. It is said to be “the physical application of loving kindness”.
Traditional Thai Yoga is widely considered to be a medical discipline used for the treatment of a wide variety of ailments. It is a holistic treatment, an interactive manipulation of the body using passive stretching and gentle pressure. Thai massage helps to strengthen the body and increase flexibility, while allowing the client to benefit from the relaxation and healing properties of massage.
This treatment is both relaxing and energising and is modified specifically to meet your body’s needs and capacities. I may use hands, elbows or feet to apply pressure to certain energy points, and gentle stretches to help you achieve shifts in body alignment to release blocked energy and free the body’s healing potential, restoring balance and harmony.
A typical session is 2 hours, although a good treatment can take only 1.5 hours if it needs to be shorter.