Traditional Thai Bodywork is done on a thick mat on the floor with the recipient in flexible, comfortable clothing. When necessary, Thai massage has been adapted for the sessions to be done on a massage table. This form of bodywork differs from the traditional Swedish style in that it does not use kneading of the muscles to elicit physical and emotional relaxation. Instead, practitioners use their palms, fingers, elbows and even their feet to apply pressure to various points on the body along with rhythmic compressions and gentle rocking. This pressure is used to stimulate an acupressure point. In western terms, acupressure will stimulate the nervous system to induce a positive response, like helping a muscle relax and allowing the brain to release chemicals that improve one’s emotional state. In eastern terms, acupressure will help the body remove energy blockages in the chakras, marmas, sen lines or meridians(areas or channels that hold energy).
Stretches and breath work are also a primary element. Many resemble actual yoga poses. Which is why this form of bodywork is also called Thai Yoga massage. Imagine lying peaceful on a comfortable mat while someone else does all the work. A Yoga class where the recipient doesn’t even break a sweat. These stretches or “asanas” help increase flexibility, and range of motion while helping the recipient de-stress. Some clients may be concerned that they are not flexible enough to enjoy Thai Bodywork. No worries. Practitioners work within the comfort level of the client, always respecting each recipient as an individual. Alternatively, recipients that have either a regular yoga or exercise practice will see even more benefits to their regular routines.
This service is performed by Heather Bullock, LMT. You may contact her at 859-595-2381.