Massage therapy spans a wide variety of therapeutic approaches, working to improve an individuals health and well-being through hands on manipulation of muscles and other soft tissues of the body. Massage therapy is designed to stretch and loosen muscles, improve blood flow and the movement of lymph through the body, facilitate the removal of metabolic wastes resulting from exercise or inactivity and increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the cells and tissue. In addition, massage stimulates the release of endorphins- the body's natural painkiller into the brain and nervous system.
Benefits of Massage
Benefits of Massage include relieving headaches, neck and shoulder pain. It also increases energy and removes lactic acid from fatigued muscles. It helps improve circulation, increases productivity and relieves stress. Furthermore it restores wholeness to the mind and body while alleviating pain, discomfort and muscle spasms.
The massage practitioner leans on the recipient's body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows designated lines (Sen) in the body. Legs and feet of the giver can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action.
A full Thai massage session typically includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include manipulating the recipients body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the practitioner will adjust to fit each individual client.
Hot Stone Massage
Using the basalt lava stones they helped for physical and spiritual healing and well being and the cold marble stones helped with congestion, tightness and swelling in the body. Massage, using hot stones has been performed for hundreds of years to address the many levels of healing necessary to help restore balance in the mind, body, and soul.
Thai massage is a system of massage and manipulation developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as by yoga.
The massage recipient changes into loose, comfortable clothes and lies on massage table. The receiver may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the massage.