WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF THAI MASSAGE?
Like Deep Tissue, Thai Massage is an intensive treatment that focuses on the deeper layers of the muscles, realigning fibers and connective tissue. Athletes and those who like deeper work will love this style of massage and can also experience a deep level of relaxation in addition to the structural benefits of the session. As with Deep Tissue, Thai Massage will improve circulation, reduce or eliminate tight spots and adhesions, and facilitate muscle repair. In addition to all of this, Thai massage incorporates facilitated stretches that will lengthen the muscle tissue making it more supple and resilient.
WHAT TO EXPECT DURING YOUR SESSION:
Thai Massage is an intense and interactive experience which will hit the pressure points and energy lines of the body. Your therapist will push, pull, twist, and stretch you out.
This style of massage is typically performed on a cushioned floor mat, though your therapist can easily incorporate a lot of this work into a session on a table. It is a dry massage- meaning it does not require oil. It is also a fully clothed modality. Please show up to your session in comfortable long pants and a t-shirt. Your clothing should be flexible and allow movement- fitness or yoga attire is ideal.
During your Thai Massage, your therapist will deliver compressions using thumbs, knuckles, elbows, forearms, and even feet. These compressions are delivered in a rhythmical, evenly timed manner allowing your body to easily predict your therapist’s next stroke- thus facilitating a deep relaxation while simultaneously delivering deep pressure.
Those who have never experienced “stepping” will be amazed at the precision that an experienced therapist can deliver with their foot. Your therapist will expertly distribute their weight, ensuring that they are administering the perfect pressure for your tight muscles. On smaller parts of your body, they will ensure to have one foot on the ground- not putting their full weight onto you. Larger parts of the body, such as the glutes and hamstrings, can easily withstand (and will greatly benefit from) the full pressure of your therapist’s weight.
This beautiful and very effective style of massage is highly reccommended for anyone who enjoys deeper work. Those who are looking for a massage experience in which the main focus is soothing relaxation would be better suited with a Swedish massage.
HOW MANY SESSIONS ARE NEEDED?
This will always depend on your specific goals and the nature of your muscle dysfunction.
For those who are seeking massage as a preventative method to shore up minor imbalances in the body, achieve relaxation, and improve circulation- once a month will be perfect for you.
If you are trying to ease muscle tension from an old injury or from repetitive muscle usage, you should expect that it will take more than one session to achieve these results. The longer you have been living with a muscle dysfunction, the longer it will take to work through the many layers of fibrous tissue. For somebody coming in with a dysfunction that has been bothering them for a long time, an average scenario might look something like the following:
1. Initial visit to assess and ease outer muscle layers
2. Follow up appointment in one week to ease the middle layers of tissue
3. Second follow up appointment in one week to ease the deepest layers of tissue
4. Monthly maintenance visits to preserve muscle integrity and prevent return of dysfunction
For athletes, there are many studies showing the benefits that can be received from regular massages. Some of these benefits include, reduced muscle tension, increased range of motion, decreased muscle stiffness and soreness after exercise, enhanced athletic performance, and prevention of injuries when massage is received regularly. For more information and references, please visit the AMTA website. We recommend 1-6 sessions per month depending on the frequency and intensity of your athletic training.
HOW MUCH DOES A SESSION COST?
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