Thai Yoga Massage

New Offering with the talented Alberto De Fortuna

We will be introducing Traditional Thai Massage, often referred to as Thai Yoga Massage.

The treatment is unlike any massage (Aromatherapy, Swedish, Sports massage) you may have had.

The main differences are that the receiver remains fully clothed (wearing light, loose clothing or perhaps your gym/yoga gear - anything comfortable that allows you to move freely).

The treatment is performed on the floor and not on a massage table.

Another key difference is that they are no oils or balms applied or rubbed on to the skin (we may use a small amount of balm when the receiver would like an extended foot or hand massage).

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Traditional Thai Massage is a wonderful blend of "Acupressure & Movement" along energy lines in the body and "Lengthening & Manipulation" of the body & limbs (that gently ease you in and out of various yoga style stretches, twists and positions).

The primary aim of Thai Yoga Massage is to restore and balance the body’s energy system, by releasing blocked energy in the system and restoring the free flow of energy throughout the body. The therapist will work the Sen lines (meridians in Traditional Chinese Medicine) in our body.

A secondary, but welcome, benefit is the manipulation of soft tissue (muscles) which helps to release tension in the soft tissues of the body.

The vital life force that is called Prana in Sanskrit (yoga), Chi in Chinese and Ki in Japanese, travels through these Sen lines (meridians), supplying the body with the energy that is necessary for its survival and healthy functioning.

Due to physical or emotional trauma, bad posture or harmful habits and beliefs this energy can get trapped or blocked, causing physical and emotional dis-ease. Thai Yoga Massage with its amazing multitude of techniques and adjustments can release these blockages and bring the body back to its natural equilibrium where balance and wellbeing are present.

The benefits of Thai Yoga Massage are countless.

By freeing the flow of vital energy in the body, Thai Yoga Massage can improve posture, breathing, flexibility, digestion and circulation. Muscles are stretched, inner organs toned and emotional and nervous tension is reduced. Often a deep sense of peace can be experienced during and after a treatment.

Although the main emphasis in the practice of Traditional Thai Massage is usually on prevention (as all disease manifests first on the energy level and can be treated there before it becomes physical), it can also be of great therapeutic benefit for a range of specific problems and conditions, such as headaches, back pain, digestive disorders, shoulder and neck tension, joint pain, menstruation problems, insomnia and other stress related conditions.

How does a session look?

Thai Yoga Massage is done on the floor, lying on a super comfy Thai mattress, supported with bolsters, blankets and cushions. Typically a session lasts a minimum of 75 minutes and up to 120 minutes.

The practitioner uses his/her thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply a combination of acupressure, gentle rocking and twisting, joint and spine mobilisations and assisted yoga stretches.

The practitioner will usually begin at the feet and work his/her way up along the body, working legs, arms, back, shoulders, neck and head.

With the therapist using bodyweight instead of strength and a steady and meditative rhythm, Thai Yoga Massage looks and feels like a graceful dance between giver and receiver.

Typically, the reciever will leave feeling lighter, longer, freer and more energised.

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