about thai Massage
What is Thai Massage?
Thai Massage is a deeply therapeutic healing art rooted in the wisdom of the ancient Reusi of SE Asia. It is one of the 5 main branches of Traditional Thai Medicine. By clearing pathways and freeing restrictions in the many layers of muscles, tissues, tendons, ligaments, joints and nerves it allows for movement of the fluids that bring nourishment and remove waste from our body. It allows our nervous system to properly send and receive signals that control the functions our body depends on.
Thai Massage benefits range from increased flexibility and joint mobility, improved circulation, reduction of inflammation, detoxification, recovery from acute injuries and chronic pain. It can be grounding, balancing, uplifting, and decrease anxiety and depression.
Steeped in Thai Medical Theory, Thai bodywork is approached through the lens of elemental theory and does not separate the physical, mental, emotional, spiritual, and energetic body.
WHAT HAPPENS IN A SESSION
Thai Massage is most well known for its beautiful passive stretches that resemble yoga poses, however it employs a much wider variety of healing techniques. Thai massage can be experienced in vastly different ways depending on your needs. A session may include anything from deep tissue, passive range of motion and stretching, acupressure, hot herbal compresses, oils, balms & liniments, compression, and the use of tools such as Tok Sen, Cupping, and Scraping. It can include subtle work with a focus on calming and relaxation, or it can be physically intensive aiming to restructure the body like physical therapy or Rolfing®.
Thai Massage is offered on a comfortable mat on the ground and therapists use a combination of thumbs, hands, forearms, elbows, knees or feet to apply pressure.
You will be offered a plain shirt and traditional Thai fisherman pants to wear in your session. You are welcome to wear your own comfortable clothing that allows for full range of motion, but please note that herbal balms, liniments & compresses, do have the potential to stain clothing. If you choose to wear your own clothing, please do not wear restrictive clothing, jeans, shorts, skirts, or dresses for your session.
WHAT IS A REUSI?
The Thai word Reusi comes from the Sanskrit word Rsi meaning seer. Reusis are the holders of natural law and sciences that have been passed down over the millennia. They are credited with many of the techniques used in Thai Massage today. The Reusi tends to live a solitary life relying on an extensive oral tradition and experiential wisdom. The goal of the Reusi is to preserve and pass down this wisdom for the benefits of all beings. They developed a system of self care practices to keep their body healthy and comfortable in meditation known as Reusi Dat Ton. This practice is what Thai massage is believed to have been developed from and is the self care practice handed down to Thai massage therapists for the health of their own body and mind.