Are you stressed out? Need to relax? Then Thai massage may be a good choice for you!
It is believed that this form of massage was developed over 2500 years ago in India. It was integrated into Thailand and is influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, Southeast Asia as well as by Yoga. Some people describe Thai yoga massage as "having Yoga done to them" since the practitioner takes the client through a series of Yoga-like postures.
Most people hold tension and stress in their shoulders, neck and upper back. You would be surprised to know how much we hold in our jaws, face and scalp as well!
When our muscles are tight, the fascia tightens too. Since nerves and blood vessels run through the fascia, we can experience tingling, numbness and pain. Using Thai massage techniques can provide some natural pain relief.
I learned this specific art for the head, neck and shoulders from the Lotus Palm School in Toronto. Sukha starts the class off by saying "Have you ever sat in the hairdresser's chair while she was massaging your scalp? It feels soooo good! But it ends way too early!" It's true! Having your head and hair rubbed and gently pulled to stimulate circulation is awesome!
This type of treatment focuses mainly on the muscles of the upper back, neck, shoulders and scalp. It also includes a gentle face massage which is so relaxing! As you can see from the picture to the left, all of these muscles contribute to tension in the upper back and neck area. You can see that you might get some neck pain relief by having these muscles relaxed!
This therapy is accessible for most people because it is a form of chair massage meaning you sit in a chair while it is performed. Lots of people have a hard time getting down on the floor for the traditional Thai style and some have limitations laying on a table. So sitting in a chair is the perfect option! Don't worry, you get to slump forward on a pile of pillows just when you think you need to close your eyes and totally relax!