Massage Therapy is an amalgamation of different therapeutic modalities. It incorporates elements of acupressure, gentle stretching, reflexology, biodynamic craniosacral therapy, deep massage therapy by David Lauterstein, Peter Hess sound massage and traditional thai massage.
Full Body Massage
Full Body Massage is a soft tissue therapy that works consciously and simultaneously with structure (musculo-skeletal system) and energy (nervous system). The medium of the work is touch, which is gentle yet deep and arises not necessarily from deep pressure (characteristic of many massage modalities such as deep tissue or sports massage) but from connecting to, and communicating with, primarily, the nervous system.
The nervous system (assisted by all other systems) accommodates the conscious and unconscious mind, emotions, memory, imagination, sense of body position and movement, sense of touch etc. This system of bodywork recognises that the nervous system is responsible for change. How do we then affect it through our medium of touch? By recognising that our contact with fascia, muscles and tissue is more about communication than manipulation. Fascia, muscles and tissue become like cell phones and through them, with effective touch, we can transmit messages to the nervous system.
Fritz Smith, the founder of a bodywork technique called Zero Balancing, offers a beautiful explanation of the way that kind of bodywork unfolds and I feel it resonates deeply with my kind of work: ”If a person is touched in a certain way, the left brain – which is responsible for linear thinking – can short-circuit that input of information and the left brain stops functioning and one goes into a broader state of consciousness. It is a matter of how we interact with the neurological system. This is the whole point of meditation really, to quieten the left brain, but often, it takes years and discipline to achieve this. But it can be done through touch. And ultimately, in an expanded state of consciousness one is less held to his/her belief systems, to his/her identity to illness and so things are more prone to change”. The mind can be recalibrated in this way, it becomes more peaceful and relaxed and let goes of many of its preoccupying thoughts. Hence the body follows, which, we have a tendency to separate but I feel that body and mind most of the times function in union and an imbalance in one immediately affects the other.
Bodywork offers this tremendous possibility to escape the rush of a time-oriented world. I find that, for the most part, my work is already that: to create a timeless and open space where the wandering mind can pause momentarily, where awareness can augment. In this space, the touch is more friendly, responsive, compassionate and less invasive. And people often report that they feel listened to and connected to, rather than done to.
Massage affects more than just ‘tissues’ when it’s deep. It promotes a significantly enhanced experience of health in body, mind and spirit.
Pregnancy Massage is a wonderful and safe therapy in pregnancy that can relieve pain and strain through the manipulation of certain acupressure points. The treatment is done in side lying position with the client fully clothed and covers the whole body.
Thai massage is a unique and powerful massage therapy that combines elements of acupressure, reflexology, gentle stretching and applied yoga. It is an ancient technique which aims to release blocked energy, restore health and harmony and bring balance to the body.
Thai massage has roots in the Indian system of yoga and Ayurveda and was brought to Thailand 2000 years ago along with Buddhism where it was further developed and handed down through generations.
Thai massage is based on a belief in a life force (called Prana in Sanskrit, Chi in Chinese and Ki in Japanese) that circulates around special pathways in the body. These prana pathways make up an energy system comprised of 72, 000 invisible energy lines. Thai massage concentrates on 10 most significant energy lines, called the Sip Sen and a thorough treatment should cover all 10 lines. By working these lines, it is possible to treat the whole body, including the internal organs.
Practitioners of Thai massage are mainly concerned with balancing the energy systems of the body. Some of the benefits of Thai massage include:
- Greater flexibility in the joints
- Enhanced blood circulation
- Better alignment of the body
- Improved posture
- Stimulation of internal organs
- Relaxation and tranquility
Although the main emphasis in the practice of Thai massage is usually on disease prevention, it can also be of great therapeutic benefit, effective in treating various conditions such as digestive disorders, insomnia, shoulder and neck tension, asthma, headache, knee and back pain and other stress related conditions.
Thai massage is performed on a mattress on the floor and the receiver wears loose and comfortable clothes. Typically a session lasts between 1 ½ to 2 hours. The practitioner uses his or her thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply a combination of acupressure, gentle rocking and twisting, joint and spine mobilizations and assisted yoga stretches.