Here’s a Northborough gem you might not have known about. Caroline Harris of Conscious Touch Massage Therapy has a gift for practicing massage in a way that leverages the interaction of body, mind and spirit, delivering a true healing experience. One of her specialties is in the practice of traditional Thai Massage.
So what exactly is Thai Massage?
A mix of deep pressure and assisted yoga, Thai massage is a powerful modality. If you’ve been jonesing for a change from your traditional Swedish massage, or you are particularly stiff or sore due to exercise or arthritis, Thai massage may be just what you’re looking for. Unlike most massage modalities that utilize massage oils and require you to disrobe and climb under a sheet on a massage table, Thai massage is performed while you are fully clothed, usually on a padded mat on the floor.
Instead of the relaxing gliding and kneading motions characteristic of more popular forms of massage, Thai massage employs stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and
range of motion. It is sometimes called the “lazy person’s yoga.”
The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure. Thai massage also utilizes energy work, which, according to ancient Asian culture, treats the subtle energetic field within the body. It corrects blockages, deficiencies, and imbalances in the flow of this energy, which then is believed to improve your health.
Will it hurt?
Applying pressure to tender muscle fiber adhesions (known as “muscle knots”) can hurt, but there is a difference between that type of discomfort and pain due to excessive or inappropriate pressure and stretching. While it may be difficult to avoid some discomfort when targeting muscle knots, a qualified, licensed massage therapist should be able to adjust the massage pressure and movements so that you are not in pain.
While Thai massage is sometimes described as painful, a licensed massage therapist should use your feedback and adjust the degree of pressure and stretching.
Why try it?
Massage of all types is often used to relieve stress and protect against stress-related health issues. It is also said to boost energy and improve range of motion and flexibility. Thai massage, in particular, is said to benefit or ameliorate many different health problems. Specifically, it may:
- Relieve tension headaches
- Reduce types of back pain (typically subacute and chronic nonspecific back pain)
- Relieve muscle pain and spasticity as well as joint stiffness and pain
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Boost energy
- Calm the nervous system
If you’re interested in giving Thai Massage a try, call Conscious Touch Massage Therapy today at 508-320-5360. Mention Northborough Guide and save $20 on your first visit!