What is Thai Massage?
Thai bodywork is a form of holistic medical massage. It is rooted in traditional Thai medicine and draws on a comprehensive set of theory and techniques to help the body function at its best and recover from harm.
Each session can look vastly different from another. They can also look very different from one practitioner to another.
What to expect with Six Elements Bodywork:
My work is generally focused on medical Thai bodywork, so I enjoy working with injuries, postural imbalances, nerve symptoms, joint pain, exhaustion, and such. Also, all things belly-- abdominal massage, women's reproductive health and postpartum care are becoming more of a focus as well. This is the core of our body with an elaborate physiology and lifetimes of lessons to teach us. When the gut is well, we have a very good chance at being overall well.
I generally work on a floor mat using hands, arms, legs, feet, herbal therapies and tools. Sessions may include postural evaluation, taking wrist or body pulses and questions about life and daily habits. I may teach breathing exercises or other aspects of Reusi Dat Ton (Thai "Yoga"). Most sessions can be gentle or deep.
This work has helped people with symptoms from auto accidents, broken bones, sprains and strains, adrenal fatigue, IBS, PTSD, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, headaches, bursitis, back pain and more.
To read about some of the techniques I use, visit my News & Updates (blog) page. I have articles on Cupping & Scraping, Herbal Therapies and more.
Prenatal & Postpartum Sessions
1. Thai Pregnancy Massage
Traditionally, there is minimal to no stretching. Full body deep tissue work is also not ideal as we don't want your baby to pick up toxins that get released. Of course we can do some spot specific deeper work; it's just best to not overdo it. When possible, Thai pregnancy massage also includes aromatic herbal compresses.
2. Thai Postpartum Sessions
The first 6 weeks postpartum is a crucial time for new mothers. Just like Thai pregnancy massage, Thai postpartum massage is usually gentle, but may include a bit of deeper work in one area. Also, there is usually an herbal compress formulated for postpartum to help the postpartum body and especially the uterus recover more quickly.
Any session may also include aspects of Reusi Dat Ton, including breath work, postures to help support the body and overall habits to help nurture you as you spend so much energy nurturing someone else.
BRING. YOUR. BABY. When you are newly postpartum, the last thing you need is to have to find child care and break away from your baby, even for just an hour so you can take care of yourself. I am delighted to welcome you both. Of course if you'd prefer to come alone, that's perfectly ok, too.