1) What is Thai Yoga Massage?
Also known as yoga massage, assisted yoga, or ancient massage, Thai massage respects the body’s limits, while encouraging clients to reach their edge of flexibility—but never beyond. Thai massage uses acupressure, massage, and passive- assisted stretching, where therapists help clients move into their stretch. The work is purposely slow as the therapist guides clients through the movements, being ever mindful of their physical limitations. Some say the combination of movements and focused awareness during a Thai massage session creates a slow, flowing dance between practitioner and client.
Thai massage is performed on a soft floor mat, with clients fully clothed in loose, comfortable attire suitable for the deep stretching that will be part of the session. Pillows and bolsters may be used for better client support. This interactive form of bodywork can utilize tai chi, rocking and rhythmic motion, massage, and assisted stretching. Practitioners may use their hands, feet, knees, elbows, and legs to facilitate the process. No oil is used during these sessions.
2) How Will I Feel After The Massage Or Bodywork Session?
Most people feel very relaxed. Some experience freedom from long-term aches and pains developed from tension or repetitive activity. After an initial period of feeling slowed down, people often experience increased energy, heightened awareness, and greater productivity, which can last for days. It is recommended you drink plenty of water afterward.
3) What Are The Benefits Of Massage And Bodywork?
Massage and bodywork can help release chronic muscular tension and pain, improve circulation, increase joint flexibility, reduce mental and physical fatigue and stress, promote faster healing of injured muscular tissue, improve posture, and reduce blood pressure. Massage and bodywork are also known to promote better sleep, improve concentration, reduce anxiety, and create an overall sense of well-being.
4) Are There Medical Conditions That Would Make Massage Or Bodywork Inadvisable?
Yes. That’s why it’s imperative that before you begin your session you fill out the intake form that I will e-mail you, and answer any general health questions that I ask before the appointment. It is very important that you inform me practitioner of any health problems or medications you are taking. If you are under a doctor’s care for certain conditions, I may require a written recommendation for massage or bodywork prior to any session. Many practitioners may require a recommendation or approval from your doctor.
5) Must I Be Completely Undressed?
Most massage and bodywork techniques are traditionally performed on the table with the client unclothed; however, you may decide what amount of clothing you prefer to wear for your own comfort. You will be properly draped during the session.
If you receive Thai Massage then you will remain clothed the entire time.
6) Will The Practitioner Be Present When I Disrobe?
I will leave the room while you undress, relax onto the table, and cover yourself with a clean sheet, unless you are receiving Thai Massage because you will stay dressed.
7) Will I Be Covered During The Session?
You will be properly draped at all times to keep you warm and comfortable. Only the area being worked on will be exposed (except Thai, everything remains clothed during Thai).
8) What Parts Of My Body Will Be Massaged?
You and I will discuss the desired outcome of your session. This will determine which parts of your body require massage. A typical full-body session will include work on your back, arms, legs, feet, hands, head, neck, and shoulders. You will not be touched on or near your genitals (male or female) or breasts (female).
9) Will Lubricant Be Used?
A light oil or lotion may be used to permit your muscles to be worked on without causing excessive friction to the skin. The lubricants used should hydrate the skin and be readily absorbed. You can request no oil, or a special oil if the hypoallergenic oil that I use aggravates your skin.
10) What Will the Massage Or Bodywork Feel Like?
It depends on the techniques used. In a general Swedish massage (on the table), your session may start with broad, flowing strokes that will help to calm your nervous system and ease exterior muscle tension. As your body unwinds, pressure will gradually be increased to relax and relieve specific areas of muscular tension. You should communicate with me immediately if you feel any discomfort so that another approach may be taken. Massage and bodywork are most effective when your body is not resisting.
11) Are There Different Kinds Of Massage And Bodywork?
There are numerous types of massage and bodywork. Various techniques utilize different strokes, including basic rubbing strokes, rocking movement, posture and movement reeducation, application of pressure to specific points, and more. Ask me about the methods I use.
12) How Long Will The Session Last?
The average full-body massage or bodywork session lasts approximately one hour. Many people prefer a sixty-to-ninety-minute session for optimal relaxation. Always allow relaxation time prior to and after the session. Hot tubs, steam baths, and saunas can assist in the relaxation process, but I do not have any of those at my facility.
13) What Should I Do During The Massage Or Bodywork Session?
Make yourself comfortable. I will either gently move you or tell you what is needed throughout the session (such as lifting your arm). Many people just close their eyes and completely relax. Others like to talk during their session. Feel free to ask me questions about massage and bodywork in general or about the particular technique you are receiving.
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