What is a Thai Massage?
Thai Massage is new to us, but it is actually an ancient form of massage thought to have been developed by Buddhist monks in Thailand 2,500 years ago. It uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. They might also use the weight of their body to move your body into various positions to achieve passive stretching.
Because Thai massage is done fully clothed, some people recommend it if you feel uncomfortable with the nudity.
What happens during a Thai Massage?
Thai massage typically works with compression -- rhythmic pressing movements directed into muscle tissues by either the hand or fingers. Thai massage usually takes place on a futon mat on the floor, with the client wearing loose or stretchy clothing.
The therapist is also on the mat and moves your body into various stretches and positions, without any work on your part. Thai massage can be both relaxing and energizing, so it is a good choice if you want to be active after your massage.
The therapist uses a variety of different sequences of techniques on clients, who are either laying face up, laying face down, seated, or on their side. There is constant body contact between the therapist and the client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.
If you like Thai, you might also like Ashiatsu.
Ashiatsu (Barefoot) Massage
WITH MARLA VERDOLINI, LMT
Ashiatsu is a deeply relaxing therapy, where the therapist uses her feet and body weight to relax the muscles. The therapist must have coordination, balance, as well as a skilled but instinctual ability to apply the appropriate amount of pressure to different areas of the body.