My experience of Thai Massage with Li.
I had no idea what a Thai massage was until I got invited to try one this week. What a journey, what an experience! I am on an endeavour to try new therapies and the number one stop was here.
Here is some background to this 2500 year old bodywork therapy.
Thai Massage is a traditional healing therapy of the Thai art known as ‘Nuad Boran’.
This form of massage has also been called Thai Yoga Massage, Thai massage and Thai yoga therapy. All of these terms are used to refer to the same style of body work which has been practised in Thailand for centuries. The massage incorporates yoga, acupressure and reflexology.Based on Ayurvedic medicine and yoga, this art form has been handed down through an unbroken chain of masters for centuries and continues to be practised today across Thailand. It is believed Thai massage originated in India with its roots deeply grounded in Buddhism. As Buddhism migrated from India, this healing medicine spread with it.
Thai massage, like most eastern methods and practices, is a technique used to give an experience of the total body. It is similar to acupressure and shiatsu combined with stretches and yogic postures. The treatment involves the use of thumbs, fingers, knees, elbows and feet. The massage works on ‘sen lines’ similar to meridians which run throughout the human body. It aims to promote wellness and vitality by helping the body return to a state of balance, harmony, flexibility and health. Even though Thai massage seemingly works only the body, the achievement of interconnection between body and mind make this ancient massage a complete healing.
I had my massage with Li at her beautiful house in Paekakariki and with the sound of the sea breaking and the sun coming in. The massage is done fully clothed and there are no oils used.Thai bodywork takes place on a thin mattress (futon) at ground level with the client wearing loose and comfortable clothing. Typically a massage will take 1-2 hours. Two hours is ideal as it allows for a full body treatment and the body can move into a special space of relaxation and meditation
Li started with my feet, alot of acupressure into the soles of the feet plus compression which I found very enjoyable. The massage travels up the thighs and in fact of lot of work is done on the thighs and lower legs.
The massage then became more yoga like with backbends, hip openers and forward folds. Li also did some lifting of my body to stretch out some of the muscle groups. The massage finished with some head work which put me into another place.
My feeling of the massage was that I had had an all over body workout. It was meditative in that it was quite repetitive in places and I enjoyed using breath work to soften into the massage rather than ‘stiffen’ up. I thought that Li used a great pressure and had wonderful transitions between parts of the body. I felt confident and relaxed in her presence as her loving kindness for her work shone through.
Interestingly the next day I felt like I had done a yoga workout. That feeling you get when you have worked your muscles. Hey might never need to go to a yoga class again!
If you haven’t experience a Thai massage I recommend you contact Li. You will come away feeling free and ready to fly, your awareness will be heightened and you will feel invigorated or totally relaxed. It is the perfect massage to do if you are into yoga or just want to chill and receive some love.
Here are some of the benefits of Thai massage.
• Facilitates relaxation
• Heightens awareness
• Frees blockages in energy flow
• Invigorates the nervous system
• Relieves pain and muscle tension
• Increases ability to absorb nutrition
• Strengthens and rejuvenates the body
• Improves circulation of blood and lymph
• Increases flexibility (passive yoga postures)
• Gives a general feeling of well being assisting in balancing body, mind, and spirit.
• Enhances elimination of wastes and toxic debris from physical, mental and emotional strain
Thai massage can be particularly helpful in relieving:
Headaches, migraines, arthritis, whiplash pain, paralysis, numbness, sciatica, back pain and other conditions.
Li currently lives in Paekakariki with her husband and two children. She is an experienced and qualified yoga teacher who weaves these two practices together graciously. Her aim is to help people develop an inner sense of self discovery through connecting to the power of their own energetic potential.
For an introduction to this ancient form of healing, Li is offering your first two 1.5 hr hour Thai massages for $60 each.
Normally sessions would cost: –
1 hour – $80
1.5 hours – $110
2 hours – $130 (recommended)
Home visits also available at an additional charge of $10
Li can be contacted on 021 1826 801 or email – firstname.lastname@example.org
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