“I had been apprehensive about giving birth, it was my first. After my sessions with Michael, I became stronger and more aware physically and energetically. I knew I was ready and the birth of my son was actually easy!” Ksendra
Specific Maternity Focused Thai Massage is known to vitaize the energy centers and release maternity- related physical tension surrounding the birth canal. This both strengthens the birthing muscles and aides the passage at the time of delivery.
“Thai massage was the only thing that ever relieved the soreness,” Isabel remembers. “[It] moved my body in all sorts of directions and the stretches released a wonderful flow of energy.”
In addition to physical relief, Thai Massage is also a natural way to relieve stress and tension. This is particularly important during pregnancy because stress can alter the environment of the developing baby. The baby feels what you feel.
Studies at the University of Miami School of Medicine’s Touch Research Institute have shown pregnant women who received massages twice a week for five weeks reported improved moods and sleep patterns, reduced anxiety and back pain, and had decreased levels of urinary stress hormones. While all of this is good news for Mom, baby reaps the benefits as well. In the studies, infants of massaged mothers had fewer complications.
Weight gain, a displacement in your center of gravity (causing stress on your back, neck, abdominal muscles and shoulders), and inflammation of the joints (edema) often caused by reduced circulation are just some of the discomforts facing expectant moms.
Contrary to the popular Swedish massage of the west, which focuses on the physical aspect of the body with the kneading of muscles, Thai Massage addresses and combines techniques usually found isolated in the western physiotherapies including Trigger Point Treatments, Myofascial Techniques, Neuro Muscular therapy, and Manual Therapy among others.
The combination of energetic and physical aspects is what makes Thai Massage unique and so effective. Traditional Thai massage is really a deep, full-body treatment, starting at the feet and progressing up to the head. Using a sequence of gentle, flowing exercise movements, the recipient’s body is moved, loosened and stretched (some stretch applications linked to Yoga) of the joints and the muscles. This unique type of massage influences the energetic side as well, restoring the flow of energy throughout the body with applied acupressure on the sen energy lines of the body, aimed at harmonizing and energizing.
Believed to be over 2000 years old, traditional Thai Massage is an authentic healing art and unique form of body therapy developed by people who used massage not only as a therapeutic method of healing to treat illnesses, but to maintain health and well-being.
It is the combination of yoga stretching, calmness of meditation, with accupressure, exercise movement and reflexology that makes it a healing art. It is worked on a floor with the client dressed in comfortable loose clothing. Thai method uses mainly point pressure and muscle stretching. And it is not just the hands that are used to free tension stored in the recipient’s body, but the feet and elbows are used as well.Some of the innumerable physical, mental, psychological benefits are:
Physical Benefits of Thai Massage:
• Help detoxification of the body and boost immune system
• Increase blood circulation, lower blood pressure
• Good for muscle relaxation, increase flexibility in your muscles, increase mobility
• Improve breathing
• Improves posture, balance, corrects body alignments and dissolves energy blockages
• Improves athletic performance
• Help arthritis and back pain,
• Help tone the body, strengthen joints and fight diseases, including chronic joint problems
• Prevents illnesses and alleviates degenerative diseases
• Slows the aging process
Mental Benefits of Thai Massage
• Improve your outlook towards life; builds an emotional balance
• Help with concentration and creativity/ Mind and body concentration
• Clear and calm your mind
• Help you gain mental clarity
Psychological effects of Thai Massage
• Reduce and relieve stress and anxiety
• Help people boost their inner energy levels
• Develop discipline and self-control
• Achieve better health, increases health and vitality.
• Raise the energy level and stamina
Build internal power (and creates a natural confidence)
Thai Massage is more precise and energizing than other forms of traditional massage. Thai Massage provides benefit by stimulating pressure points on to open the body’s energy pathways, allowing healing energy to allowing healing energy to flow freely and allowing the body to heal itself.
Thai Massage helps a person’s muscles, joints, ligaments and fascia by relaxing muscle tension, relieving the spasm, and improving the range of motion. The combination of pressure on specific points and yoga like stretches in traditional Thai massage relieves areas of muscular stress and tension. In fact, recipients often report that their muscles stay loose days after a session.
Thai Massage helps a person’s cardio vascular system by dilating the blood vessels, so the circulation is increased. Thai Massage stretches work in a similar way to regular yoga poses. As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the practitioner releases the pose on a recipient, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. According to “Yoga Journal,” inverted poses can help with lymphatic drainage, the return of blood to the heart and digestion.
Another benefit of Thai Massage includes improvement to the nervous system. That is, by stimulating the sensory nerves causing the central nervous system to respond better. Furthermore, some people suggest that, by blocking pain signals to the brain (gate control theory) and activating the parasympathetic nervous system to stimulate the release of endorphins and serotonin, traditional Thai massage helps prevent fibrosis or scar tissue, increases the flow of lymph, and improves sleep.
A boosted immune system is also a benefit of Thai Massage. In fact, the American Massage Therapy Association lists several scientific studies that support the claim that participants can improve their immune systems through traditional Thai massage. By invigorating the nervous system and releasing toxins through improved circulation, traditional Thai massage recipients increase their immunity to diseases.
Thai Massage is also especially good at releasing mental and emotional stress. The United States Department of Health and Human Services, lists both yoga and massage therapy as alternative approaches to mental health care. In traditional Thai massage, the release of emotional or mental stress happens with the manipulation of muscles. Practiced correctly, Thai Massage also incorporates meditation, which can help participants manage stress and let go of negative emotions. Thai Massage is more than just physical, but works to create harmony between mind, body, and spirit.