What is Thai Massage?
Thai bodywork is a form of holistic medical massage or manual therapy. 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 injuries and illness.
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 treatment focused. I have a lot of techniques in my tool basket and we never know what the session will include until we talk and assess your situation for that day. I enjoy working with injuries, postural imbalances, nerve symptoms, joint pain, exhaustion, and such. Visceral and gut health is a prime focus in Thai medicine and a great growing passion for me as well. This includes digestive health, respiratory health, women's reproductive health and overall vitality. The abdomen is the most important place to release restriction because it is the core of our body. If somewhere in the belly there is a block, then that will translate to the rest of the body in some way.
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, TMJ disorders, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, headaches, bursitis, back pain and more.
To read about the Six Elements, herbal therapies, techniques, and more, visit my Articles (blog) page.
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 a special formula of 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.
I am in the process of putting together the capacity to offer vaginal or yoni steams for both postpartum recovery and also for a uterus that is symptomatic (fibroids, etc). Look to my articles for more information on postpartum and uterine care. Send me a message if you would like to be updated with any new information on this topic.
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.