What is Thai Massage?
Thai bodywork is a system of healing therapies derived from Thai medicine. Like other traditional systems, Thai medicine evolved gradually throughout time, and was passed from master to student. A thorough understanding of theory, assessment and practice was expected of the practitioner.
The Reusis, (similar to Yogis/Rishis of India, just using a different system) kept certain knowledge such as medicine. They honed their minds and bodies in devotion to the relief of suffering, pain, discontent. Their efforts over many generations led to the healing practices still alive today.
There are many different techniques so there is no one way to simply define what Thai massage is. The main defining characteristic is whether the practitioner is using Thai theory. Each session can look vastly different from another. They can also look different from one practitioner to another.
What to expect with Six Elements Bodywork:
I generally work on a floor mat using hands, arms, legs, feet, herbal therapies and tools. The experience can range from gentle and relaxing to vigorous deep tissue. I am patient, detailed and thorough. Treatments focus on relief of symptoms and underlying patterns. To achieve this, I take into account what information you present about your condition and goals, then follow what presents itself to me, one layer at a time. Although I often do deep tissue work, my goal is to never force, but to meet the restriction pattern and follow it through to resolution, or as close as we can get to that.
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This work has helped people with symptoms from auto accidents, broken bones, torn tendons, sprains and strains, nerve pain, postural imbalances, adrenal fatigue, IBS, PTSD, TMJ disorders, fibromyalgia, carpal tunnel syndrome, scoliosis, headaches, bursitis, joint pain, back pain, life trauma and more.
Pregnant and postpartum bodies have also experienced much deserved relief and support. However I would advise to not receive massage in the first trimester unless there is a pressing need.