Is an ancient form of body therapy that incorporates the movement of yoga and the meridians of acupressure to create a complete and unique healing art form. Due to the unique form of stretching employed, Thai Massage is sometimes called “Lazy man’s Yoga.”
It is practiced on a firm mat on the floor. It involves peripheral stimulation, acting as an external stimulant to produce specific, internal effects. This therapy combines point pressure techniques with a wide variety of stretching movements applied very slowly in patterns of gentle rocking and rhythmic compression.
The effective use of the practitioner’s body weight is instrumental in the practice.
Thai Massage has a long and venerable history as a therapeutic manipulation based on energy fields in the body.
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With the exception of the feet, the client remains fully clothed.
The hand techniques utilized in Thai massage emphasize pressure and compression, not stroking. The practitioner uses feet, knees, elbows and forearms to further the therapeutic and harmonizing effect of this work
By rhythmically working along primary energy lines, a skilled therapist can maintain or restore well-being. Traditional Thai massage has been taught and practiced in Thailand for more than 2,500 years and has achieved great popularity in the West in recent years.
Thai Massage is probably the newest form of healing work practiced in this country, yet it is one of the oldest forms of developed medicine. It is very rhythmic and meditative, enabling both the client and the practitioner to reach a deeper level of consciousness.
Instructor Winnie Cain, one of the first instructors of Thai massage in the United States, has been a licensed massage therapist for over 20 years. She has studied extensively in America and in Thailand. Today she shares her knowledge and skill with students and clients in both countries.