Thai massage encourages flexibility, relaxation and balance. The word bodywork is a more accurate description of this technique. Rather than the techniques of Swedish massage or aromatherapy, such as effleurage and kneading, Thai bodywork uses sequences of soft tissue pressing and stretching and encourages joint mobilisation. Sequences are unhurried and flowing. Considered deep tissue techniques are also incorporated for specific attention to muscle groups.
This approach can be received on the futon or massage couch. Working on the futon allows a more dynamic approach with the receiver being guided through yoga like stretches. Working on the couch is more contained but no less effective.
Common conditions that may benefit are:
Muscle tightness, aching, inflexibility
Ankle strains/sprains, lower leg stiffness
Lower back pain
Hip & leg pain
Abdominal pain, stomach problems
Neck stiffness, related headaches
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