Thai Yoga Massage – is it for you?
At the end of a long work week, maybe yoga sounds divine, but you just can’t muster the energy to hold all those downward facing dogs. Or perhaps you’re looking to switch up your massage routine. Maybe you’re feeling extra sore after training for your next half-marathon. If any of these sounds like you, consider getting a Thai yoga massage during your next appointment with us.
Why get a Thai Yoga Massage?
This unique massage experience helps you relax deeply and stretch the aches and pains out of your muscles. If you’re experiencing neck pain, headaches, back pain, stress or anxiety, this type of massage can help with these issues and many more. It’s also highly recommended for more active clients like runners, bikers, hikers and other athletes because it helps stretch out all of the muscles you frequently use during those activities.
What Happens During a Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai yoga massage incorporates acupressure and yoga-like stretching. It differs from western styles of massage in that there is no oil used, the therapist uses a mat on the floor and the client is completely clothed in loose-fitting pants and a shirt. Thai yoga massage is often described as having someone “do yoga to you.” During your massage, your therapist will use stretching, palming and stimulating pressure points, known as sen, all over your body. The combination of techniques will leave your body and mind feeling at peace and will leave your muscles feeling loose and relaxed for days after your session.
What are the origins of Thai Yoga Massage?
Thai massage is directly related to yogic principle originating in India. It was created by the Thais between 800 and 1200 A.D. It is believed that Shivago Komarpaj is one of the founding fathers of Thai Massage. Komarpaj lived during the time of the historical Buddha and is credited as the founder of traditional Thai medicine, along with Thai massage. It is similar to Shiatsu and Reflexology because it is based on the theory of the flow of energy along lines or channels that run throughout the body. In Eastern philosophy, health is a state of equilibrium between these energies, where the body and soul intertwine. Thai massage works on balancing these energies by working on your whole body, not just a particular part. It is a holistic healing art, so expect to make sure you give your massage therapist all the information about what is happening with your health so she/he can focus on the best way to heal you.
What Are the Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage?
There are a whole host of benefits that come along with this type of massage including:
- Increasing your resistance to injury
- Enhancing your yoga practice
- Relieving pain from stress, overworked muscles or arthritis
- Improving your range of motion
- Giving you a deep sense of relaxation and calmness
- Deepening your connection between mind and body
- Releasing toxins from your muscles
- Balancing your body’s energy pathways
Treat yourself to a Thai yoga massage and enjoy relaxation that lasts. Book your next appointment with us today. Call us at 703-686-4092, or visit our website.
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