Full body massage
Traditional Thai massage, also known as Thai Yoga massage, is performed on a mat on the floor* using a unique combination of acupressure techniques and Yoga style stretches. No oil is used during the massage and you are required to wear clothing which allows your body full movement and flexibility such as sportswear.
Thai massage is a deep massage, and although it shouldn’t be painful, you may feel some discomfort in areas where the muscles are especially tight. Thai massage has a slow rhythm as the practitioner will match the movements with your breathing. You may also be asked to inhale deeply and exhale in order to increase the effect of some of the deeper stretches.
During the massage you may be asked to sit up, lie on your back, lie face down or lie on your side. Using gravity and their body weight, the practitioner will warm and relax your muscles by applying a slow, deep rhythmic pressure using their thumbs, palms, elbows, forearms, knees and feet. The practitioner will then mobilise your joints and apply stretches similar to Yoga poses.
While receiving the massage, you should try to remain as passive as possible as the practitioner will move your body into the required poses for stretching. For this reason, Thai massage is sometimes known as ‘lazy man’s Yoga’.
*If you are unable to lie on the floor, Thai massage can be adapted for a massage couch. However some of the movements and stretches can only be done safely on the floor so will be omitted during a Thai table massage. Please notify me when making your booking if you would prefer to have a massage on the massage couch.
Thai foot massage is ideal for those who wish to experience Thai massage but are not comfortable with the idea of a full body massage. It is also very beneficial for people who spend long hours on their feet and suffer from achy feet and legs as it treats the lower legs as well as the feet.
Thai foot massage is based on belief that there are reflex zones in the feet which correspond to the organs in the body. The practitioner will work into the whole of the foot using their thumbs, knuckles and fists. They will also use a wooden Thai massage tool to stimulate reflex points and apply deeper pressure.
It differs from reflexology in that Thai foot massage follows a routine in order to balance the body as a whole. In contrast reflexology focuses on precise reflex points to balance the body, depending on the individual being treated.
As it treats all the muscles and joints of the lower legs and feet, Thai foot massage is incredibly relaxing. Not only does it ease aching feet and calves, it shares many of its benefits with Thai body massage, including increasing circulation, relieving stress, boosting the immune system and improving sleep.
If you wish to book a Thai foot massage, please ensure you wear loose trousers which may be rolled up to above the knee.