One massage style does not fit all
While some people really love the sensuality of being draped and stroked with oil, other people actually like being battered in bruised, which hardly sound like a massage at all. Because massage has so many extremes, I feel that a large number of deserving people feel left out from having a “good massage”. Fortunately, there is unique style of massage that is modest, releases tension, and has a calming effect. These are three key features that set Thai Yoga Massage apart from all other styles.
One of the most comforting aspects about Thai massage is that you can receive a full-body massage without taking off your clothes. The massage requires no oil, so you do not feel like you need a shower after your have been marinating in slippery goop for the last hour and a half. No lubrication is necessary because Thai massage uses a repertoire of techniques that do not require long stroking motions. The techniques that are used in Thai massage utilize the masseur’s energy and body weight rather than his muscular strength. This allows you to feel like your body has been opened and enlightened, and does not make you feel sore the next day.
One thing that may surprise you when you walk into your Thai massage is that there is not a massage table. Thai massage takes place on a bed that rolls out on the floor. You would be surprised at how comfortable it is being grounded while you receive a massage. This feature allows you to be positioned face-up, face-down, on your side, or even seated with the comfort and support of blankets and bolsters. From any of these positions, the masseur can stretch and traction your body to decompress stiff joints. The masseur is also able to use his entire body to give the massage. He can utilize the palms, thumbs, forearms, elbows, knees, feet, and much more to open your energy lines and acupressure points.
Thai massage has the ability to go deeper than a most massages. This can be painful in many other modalities, but not in Thai massage. As one of my teachers, Shama Kern puts it:
“Thai Massage therapy is not just bodywork. It is a body-mind system that reaches deeper than muscles, tissue and bones. It works with the life energy of the clients by realigning, channeling and strengthening their core energy.” (8 Factors Which Make Thai Massage Unique).
Instead of following the theory of, “no pain, no gain”, Thai massage is never intended to be painful at all. This feature allows you to come into a deep state of relaxation. Contrary to meditation, you can achieve this joy effortlessly. Maybe that is why the Buddha was connoisseur of Thai massage himself. Thai massage originated as a practice for Buddhist monks to promote health and longevity for each other and those who came to them for healing. Perhaps you too could benefit from this healing art that stretches back 2,ooo years.
Not all massage styles are created equal. Some styles are suited for particular cultures and tastes, just like food and beverages. If you prefer keeping your clothes on, enjoy the benefits of yoga, or need to clear your mind . . . Thai massage is certainly an effective and affordable option for you. Schedule a Thai Yoga Massage with Ka today and you’ll have an amazing experience or your money back.