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infusionofstyles LOVES massages. Like I said before I gone on tropical/jungle spa in Belize and the upmost luxurious one was Como Shambhala Estate at Begawan Giri in Ubud, Bali. Yes, I had my massage down by the river and let me tell you that was simply wonderful and very beautiful indeed. Now the trip back up is another story to tell or not. PARADISE, HEAVEN! Remember that move Eat, Drink and Pray well I meet that guru from Bali who was in the movie!
I like the Thai massages even though it's NOT recommend for people with HBP or over 170 lbs. I like the element's of it anyway and my massage therapists alter's her version of it combining it with the hot stone massage also.
Also known as Thai Yoga 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.
How Is It Administered?
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.
Benefits Of Thai Massage
The benefits of Thai massage largely mimic those of traditional massage:
• Deep relaxation and quieting of the mind.
• Heightened energy levels.
• Improved body-mind connection.
• Improved circulation and lymphatic flow.
• Improved range of motion.
• Increased flexibility.
• Rejuvenated body and mind.
• Relief for pain and muscle tension.
Experts say there is an interesting dichotomy with Thai massage, as it both relaxes and rejuvenates. After the session, some clients report feeling awakened and energized, while also feeling deeply grounded and at peace.
The Energy Component
Thai massage is based on an energetic paradigm of the human body and mind. In this tradition, energy is thought to travel on pathways, called sen, throughout the body. Through the movement and massage components, the goal in Thai massage is to ensure energy is flowing freely along these pathways as a means for wellness.
What Is Thai Massage?
Developed more than 2,000 years ago in Thailand, Thai massage remains a popular technique that incorporates aspects of yoga, acupressure, energy balancing, and massage. Considered one of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine (which historically also included herbal practice, nutrition, and spiritual meditation), Thai massage was originally passed from teacher to teacher within the Buddhist temples, while Thai families used it as a healing folk art. Unfortunately, much of the history of Thai massage was lost during the Burmese invasion of Thailand in 1767. Today, Thai massage continues to be a mainstay in Thai medicine, while quickly gaining a new audience in the Western world.
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The other massages
Swedish massage is the most common type of massage in the United States. The therapists use long kneading strokes on superficial layers of muscles. This is a good massage for first timers.
Deep-tissue massage targets deeper layers of muscles and is used for chronically painful, tight muscles. It’s not unusual to be sore for a day or two after a deep-tissue massage.
Hot stone massage is when your body is not only weighted down with hot, smooth stones, but the masseuse also uses the stones to massage your body. It’s best for releasing very tense muscles and relaxation
Trigger point massage focuses on specific areas of the body, rather than massaging the whole body. In this technique, the therapist pinpoints exactly the “problem” muscle and coaxes it with deep pressure to relax.
Shiatsu massage is an ancient technique from Japan. literally means “finger pressure”. It combines gentle stretches with finger pressure to work on different pressure points. The idea is to fix imbalances in the flow of energy in your body. It’s best for ailments such as headaches, back pain, and lack of energy.
Thai massage works your entire body. It’s one of the most invigorating types of massages, as the therapist rigorously manipulates your body, moving it into yoga-like stretches. It’s good for improving energy, increased flexibility, and overall health.
Sports massage is designed specifically for the very physically active (whether you’re a professional athlete or not). It combines Swedish, Shiatsu, and other techniques to concentrate on the areas that are related to your sport. Athletes often get sports massages to prepare for peak performance, prevent injury, and also treat injury.
manages anxiety and depression by reducing the stress hormone cortisol and raising the levels of the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine
eases migraine pain and is believed to ease PMS
improves sleep by affecting delta waves in the brain, an important sleep component
It also helps your outward appearance. It increases blood flow to the face, plumps up slack skin, encourages lymphatic drainage and adds vitality to a dull complexion and lackluster hair.
The effects of massage can also be cumulative, so if you can indulge on a regular basis, do. Your body will thank you. Massage can increase a person’s range of motion, strengthen the immune system and provide an improved sense of well-being.
Sleep sweet – Fluctuations in several types of brain waves either relax you or wake you up. Massage increases delta waves — those linked with deep sleep. That’s why it’s easy to drift off on the massage table.
Wake up the brain – A 15-minute chair massage can boost alertness. Tests also show that brain-wave activity stimulated by massage is linked to improved attention.
Colds be gone – Massage helps ward off bugs by boosting your “natural killer cells,” the immune system’s first line of defense against invading illness. Cortisol destroys natural killer cells, therefore, since massage decreases cortisol, your immune cells get a boost. Massage even seems to boost immunity in those people with severely compromised immune systems, such as breast-cancer patients.
Blues, be gone – Less cortisol and more serotonin and dopamine in your system may also mean less stress, anxiety, and depression. We know that the right side of the frontal lobe of the brain is more active when we’re sad, and the left side’s activated when we’re happy. Studies have observed that massage decreases activity in the right lobe and increases functioning in the left. The well-being people feel after a massage is a big reason why some hospitals offer it to anxious patients preparing for surgery and cancer patients going through chemo.
Bye bye PMS – A small study of 24 women with severe PMS found that massage reduced symptoms such as pain, water retention, and mood swings. Try it with proven remedies such as exercise.
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