Healing from the Outside In: Thai Bodywork

What is Thai Bodywork?  Also known as Thai Yoga Massage, and coming from a long history in Thailand, it is a deep full-body treatment, performed on a padded floor mat.  No oil is used and you wear loose, comfortable clothes.  It integrates gentle stretching, rhythmic pressure, and conscious use of breath.  The practitioner uses her hands, feet, arms, and legs to move the client into yoga-like poses, while stimulating the energy lines of the body.  The combination of movements and focused awareness creates a slow flowing “dance” around the recipient’s body.psoas stretch_gray_cropped

Relaxing, balancing, and calmly re-energizing, Thai Bodywork is a wonderful means to nurture oneself.  This therapy meets every person’s limits and capabilities with a kind and healing heart.  Thai Bodywork facilitates mental and physical release of tension by dynamically utilizing one’s own body to unwind stuck areas.

Why should someone who practices yoga receive Thai Bodywork?  In many cases, the recipient can experience benefit from poses that would be difficult to achieve unassisted.  The pressure on the energy lines, while completely relaxing into a posture, creates a synergistic effect to further open and energize the body.  This opening increases joint mobility and flexibility, improves circulation and lymphatic flow, tones organs, relieves muscular and emotional tension, boosts immune function by eliciting the relaxation response, and increases resistance to injury.  Also, many recipients report improved sleep.  Thai Bodywork is an excellent adjunct to a regular yoga practice.

Because the technique respects each person’s body type and level of flexibility, Thai Bodywork is ideal for almost everyone seeking balance and health!

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