Thai Yoga Massage
Stretching back over 2,000 years, Thai Massage is one of the world’s oldest healing modalities. It employs stretching, pulling and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility. The practitioner uses hands, knees, legs and feet to move the receiver into a series of yoga-like stretches. Muscle compression, joint mobilization and acupressure are applied. According to ancient Asian culture, Thai Yoga Massage treats the subtle energetic fields within the body, directly fortifying our chi or life force. It corrects blockages, deficiencies, and imbalances in the flow of this energy, thus improving our health and allowing our body to manage stress more effectively.
Benefits of Thai Yoga Massage
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Stimulates circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Boosts energy and immune system function
- Stress-related health issues
- Back pain (subacute and chronic back pain)
- Muscle pain, spasticity
- Arthritis (joint pain)
Is Thai Yoga Massage Painful?
Applying pressure to tender muscle fibre adhesions (known as Trigger Points or muscle knots) can hurt, but there is a difference between that type of discomfort, and the type of pain due to excessive or inappropriate pressure and stretching. While it may be difficult to avoid some discomfort when targeting Trigger Points, a qualified, licensed massage therapist should be able to adjust the massage pressure and movements so that you are not in pain. Your feedback is most important in ensuring the proper level of pressure and stretching.
Contraindications for Thai Yoga Massage
Before your first treatment a Registered Massage Therapist will ask you about your health history before the massage. Thai Yoga Massage may not be appropriate in cases of:
- Recent surgery
- Recent fractures
- Cardiovascular disease
- Weak or unhealed skin
- Open wounds
- Abdominal hernia
Massage therapy is a Regulated Health Profession that aims to relieve pain and improve physical function. It applies kneading and friction to the muscles and joints using oil. Registered Massage Therapists in Ontario have completed at least 2 years of specialized training in anatomy, physiology, pathology, and clinical assessment. In addition, R.M.T.s are required to complete continuing education regulated by the College of Massage Therapists of Ontario (CMTO).
Massage therapy has been shown to:
- Identify and correct postural imbalance
- Reduce chronic pain
- Lower blood pressure
- Decrease stress hormones like cortisol
- Improve range of motion
- Speed injury healing
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle, non-invasive hands on technique developed by an American osteopathic physician almost 100 years ago. CST theory and practice is based on understanding the continuous and subtle movements of the cranial bones, which create a rhythm of approximately 6 to 12 cycles per minute. This rhythm is a response to cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) fluctuations within the spinal cord and brain.
Your therapist gently works with the spine and the skull, cranial sutures, diaphragm and fascia. By using the hands as tools, they assess the rhythm of cerebrospinal fluid, helping identify and correct areas of dysfunction and blockage through subtle manipulation.