Why I Became a Thai Massage Therapist

Thai Massage is the perfect bridge between yoga and massage therapy, and to me feels amazing to give as well as to recieve. I first experienced Thai massage as a yoga instructor and massage therapy enthusiast in 2003. I immediately loved it and wanted to learn more.

To give a Thai massage is to practice a graceful yoga dance. I love the meditative state for the giver as well as the receiver.

To receive a Thai massage is to go on a beautiful healing journey. With similar benefits to other massage therapy modalities, what I love most are the following unique holistic benefits…

  • release of long held tension and discomfort in the body,  
  • heightened awareness of mind-body connection,
  • increased flexibility and posture,
  • rejuvenation and all over relaxation,
  • improved energy, and improved sleep.

Thai massage is based on more than 2,500 years of combined wisdom from Traditional Thai Medicine, assisted Yoga stretching, Ayurvedic healing, and the meridian energy alignment of Traditional Chinese Medicine. 

Using slow, gentle rocking movements, the therapist applies compression with thumbs, palms, elbows, knees, and feet. This is to stretch soft tissues and harmonize the receiver’s vital energies in a series of choreographed moves. A session includes compression, passive stretching (meaning the client relaxes while the therapist manipulates the body into gentle stretches). It also uses acupressure and working along the body’s energy lines to free up blockages in the body’s energy field.

This type of massage has its roots in a spiritual tradition, and its purpose is to facilitate healing physically, emotionally and spiritually.

This graceful art of Thai Massage is traditionally done with the client wearing comfortable loose-fitting clothing on a floor mat. It can also be adapted to the massage table, referred to as Table Thai Massage. 

This beautiful massage modality can be modified for any client. The passive stretching that is part of a session can be very gentle and adapted to different body types.

I have had clients report that with regular sessions their chronic tension melts away, their posture improves, they sleep great, have more energy, and more flexibility.

One of my long-time clients has had Parkinson’s disease since her early 40’s.  After over 10 years of many forms of alternative medicine, she continues to return for Thai Massage to keep her limbs limber, her body relaxed and open, and improve her energy levels.

I have also worked with several serious athletes, triathletes, as well as clients who sit at a desk all day. They report significant benefits to Thai massage, mostly due to the passive stretching. Many people feel that they do not have the time or discipline to truly stretch and hold stretching or yoga postures for long enough to receive the benefit for the ligaments and soft tissue. So why not receive a massage that includes this benefit?

Who benefits from Thai Massage? Those who want to feel chronic tension and discomfort melt away. People who want to feel more flexibility. Those who want to sleep great and have improved energy. Athletes, office workers, anyone who works long hours on their feet or at their desk. Plus, anyone who wants to feel more connected, mind-body-spirit. 

I truly love practicing this wonderful massage therapy art form. Let’s get you on the table for a Table Thai Massage at Relax! Massage Therapy and Skincare.

If you have questions, I would love to chat! You can schedule a Thai Table Massage with me through our online link above or call the front desk at 910.262.1122 Ext 1. I look forward to helping you soon!

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