*Please note that Thai massage is performed on a floor mat while fully clothed. The therapist uses their whole body to stretch and move you while guiding your breathing. Athletic leisure or loose fitting clothes (no jeans) should be brought with you or worn to the session to allow for full range of motion ability.
Want greater flexibility and range of motion? There are three truths about stretching you need to know:
Muscles stretch best when they are totally relaxed.
Controlled breathing turns off the stretch reflex (an involuntary contraction in the muscle in response to a stretch).
Time is needed for muscles to respond to the movement so the stretch will effective and long lasting.
What massage modality can provide all three of these in a single session? Thai Massage! In this ancient form of massage we find modern applications for those who sit 4 or more hours a day in the car, at work, on the couch, etc. Also for those whose active lifestyles create restrictive movement from contracted muscle patterns. Even for those who feel like they just need a good stretch.
Thai massage consists of slow, rhythmic compressions and stretches along the body's energy lines, also called sen in Thai. Over 70,000 sen are said to exist within the body, and Thai massage concentrates on applying pressure along 10 of the most important sen, using the palms of the hands, thumbs, elbows, and feet. The effort from your therapist works to free tension within the body. Your therapist may also position the body into yoga-like pose and gently rock the body to open the joints and facilitate limbering.
Your therapist is always aware of her position so that an uninterrupted slow rhythm is maintained. Deep, sustained pressure ensures that the myofascia, or the muscle's connective tissue, soften and relax in order to release the flow of energy along the sen, and to prepare the you, the client, for the large-scale stretches that follow.