What is Thai Massage?
-Thai Massage, or Thai Yoga Massage, is a traditional modality practiced in Thailand for centuries. Based on Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, this art form has been handed down for at least 2200 years. In Thailand, people regularly receive this treatment as a type of maintenance to stay healthy. Thai Massage is a component of Thai medicine and is used in Thailand to treat various illnesses and dis-ease.
What is the Experience Like?
- A complete Thai massage includes acupressure, energy meridian work, and yoga-like stretching for an invigorating experience. Thai massage is different from other forms of massage in that there is no oil used (except on the head and neck), the masseur uses a mattress on the floor (instead of a table), and you remain clothed throughout the session. In Thai work, one will experience more stretching of limbs and acupressure and not as much sweeping muscular work, as in a relaxation massage. It is often described as the “assisted yoga” or having someone “do yoga to you”. It has also been described as a flowing dance between masseur and client, particularly when the client completely lets go, allowing his/her body to be passive while it is being moved around.
What are the benefits?
- Thai massage improves circulation, flexibility, and muscle tone, complimenting any exercise routine. The acupressure and stretching are helpful to those who are stiff, sore, and tired from over-exertion in work, sports, or those suffering from arthritis, fibromyalgia, and other disorders. It relaxes sore tense muscles, and helps mobilize joints that have lost their range of motion. It also encourages lymphatic function, strengthening the immune system. Thai massage stimulates the mind and body, promoting the body’s own healing ability. On a more subtle level, Thai massage encourages the free movement of prana (aka qi or chi) through the sen lines (aka meridians or nadis). One receives the benefits of yoga, Tai Chi, and acupuncture within a Thai massage.
Who can get a Thai massage?
- Anyone! The massage can be done according to your own needs and flexibility. Just be sure to tell your practitioner in advance of ANY sensitivities, injuries, or conditions you have! Also, communication is KEY. Feel free to tell the masseur when you need more or less pressure or stretch.
*What is Reiki?
Reiki (pronounced ray-key) is a
Japanese word representing universal life energy. It is derived from “rei”,
meaning "free passage" or "universal" , and “ki”, meaning life force energy, the
vital energy that flows through all living things. Reiki is a natural hands- on healing modality
that aids all of the body’s systems in coming to balance, as well as balancing
one emotionally, mentally and spiritually.
It has roots in Japanese and Tibetan Buddhism, but is NOT tied to any specific
religion or nationality. Reiki is used all over the world in many places
including hospitals and hospices. The art and science was formulated and
developed in Japan in the late 1800s by Mr. Mikao Usui. Today reiki is has been found to benefit people dealing with cancer,
chronic pain, infertility, digestive problems, Parkinson’s, stress related
illness, and psychological illness, to name a few.
The Reiki practitioner is the
conduit between the client and the source of the Reiki energy; the energy flows
through the practitioner’s energy field and out through her hands to the
client. (The energy does not come from the practitioner, but rather comes
through the practitioner from the source.
There is no energy drain on the practitioner)
Treatments are typically done on a
massage table or possibly a chair with the client fully clothed, and can even
be done with very little or no physical contact if desired. The practitioner places her palms on or above
the client’s body in specific energy locations.
There is no massage or manipulation. The client may experience a variety
of sensations including heat, pulsing, tingling, but sometimes people do not
perceive any change at all. Most report
feeling very relaxed and peaceful, and it is not uncommon to fall asleep during
*According to the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine, people use Reiki for relaxation, stress
reduction, and in efforts to improve overall health and well-being.
A Reiki treatment may do the following:
about deep relaxation,
-dissolve energy blockages and tension
-support traditional western medicine and treatment of any kind
energy to the body
-stimulate the immune system,
-relieve pain, and stimulate
bone and tissue regeneration.
Reiki is not specific to any particular type
of disease or condition. Because it
works on the entire self- mind, body, emotions, and spirit, it may be
successful in all types of healing.
Animals and plants respond positively as well. Even if you are healthy, reiki can provide
routine maintenance, enhancing your ability to respond to toxins and stressors
in life. By promoting the harmonious
distribution of energy, Reiki is an excellent form of preventative medicine.
YOU can become a certified Reiki practitioner through Branches of Wellness.