I recently attended and gained Level 1 Certification in Thai Bodywork through Thai Transformations in Worcester, MA. Jeanne Coleman is an outstanding Instructor and a Master in her field. This training is a very exciting addition to my services!It may differ from the massage techniques to which you're accustomed, but Thai bodywork can be just as beneficial -- if not more so. The practice promotes positive energy circulation, so you feel balanced and rejuvinated. Thai yoga work has numerous other benefits too, including reduction of pain and stress.Traditionally it is performed on a mat on the floor. However because GreatKneads caters to Senior Citizens it is done on a table. Thai bodywork is traditionally performed on the floor -- you lie on a padded mat as the provider guides you through partner yoga poses and manipulates your body into stretches. Some traditional techniques, such as acupressure, compression and joint mobilization, are also used, but no lotions or oils are applied and you remain fully clothed for the session.Some centers may modify traditional Thai bodywork to be performed on a table due to regulations, space limitations or for clients who are unable to get up and down from the floor easily.
Enhanced Energy Flow
Thai bodywork is of the belief that tightened muscles lead to the diminished flow of energy in your body. When energy can't flow freely, you become inflexible, suffer pain and feel stiff. Overtime, this leads to shortened muscles and connective tissue that affects your posture, immunity and organ function -- all of which speed up aging and disability.The pressing techniques used in Thai bodywork are designed to increase blood circulation to facilitate the better flow of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. It also helps your body naturally get rid of waste, such as metabolic byproducts and carbon dioxide, more efficiently.Adding stretching to the bodywork process helps relax the muscles further, so they naturally regain flexibility and tone. While relieving chronic stiffness and experiencing improved mobility.Pain ReliefThai bodywork can be quite effective for people dealing with chronic pain. A review of six studies, published in 2015 in Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice, stated that people reported a 25 to 80 percent reduction of pain that lasted up to 15 weeks following a Thai bodywork protocol.Thai bodywork has been particularly effective as an intervention for people with scapulocostal syndrome, a painful condition that strikes the back of the shoulder blade. A study published in the Journal of Bodywork and Movement Therapies in 2012 showed that people with the condition who participated in a total of nine 30-minute Thai bodywork sessions over three weeks, improved in terms of pain intensity, pain threshold and muscle tension. The participants reported better pain relief outcomes than a group that underwent more traditional physical therapy treatments.
A specific type of Thai bodywork that involves applying pressure against specific meridians in the body, called court-type Thai massage, was shown as an effective treatment for people suffering from chronic tension headaches. The study, published in a 2015 issue of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, explains that the relief may be attributed to how Thai massage stimulates blood and lymph circulation and relaxes the sympathetic nervous system.
More traditional therapeutic massage is often prescribed as a way to reduce stress and induce relaxation. Thai bodywok affords these same benefits. A study published in Medical Science Monitor Basic Research in 2015 tested the ability of Thai bodyworke to reduce enzymatic markers of stress and, thus, a person's overall stress level. Researchers found that Thai bodywork was slightly more effective than simply resting in reducing psychological stress.
Thai Herbal Ball Therapy
The Thai Herbal ball compress, Luk Pra Kob, is the name given to treatments that use Thai Herbal Compresses. The literal translation is “pressing herbal sphere” or herbal ball. Luk Pra Kob is a method of treatment employed in traditional Thai Medicine that stimulates the Sen Sib lines (the Thai energy lines, similar to Chinese Meridian lines and Indian Prana Nadi lines).The compresses includes many different herbs, roots, flowers, and leaves that have been dried and wrapped in cotton fabric. The Thai Herbal Ball compress technique offers several potential health benefits: It induces deep relaxation, relieves stress and fatigue, boosts both emotional and physical well-being, assists alignment and postural integrity of the body, improves circulation of blood and lymph and stimulates the internal organs. The hot compresses are ideal for alleviating pain, stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, chronic back aches, arthritis, even skin conditions, migraines and chronic stress or anxiety. The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in these compresses has a relaxing and invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and overworked muscles while giving the body's energy reserves a huge boost. ? The herbs in the compress possess properties that are anti- inflammatory, antiseptic, astringent and antioxidant. They are used to address sprains, bruises and sore muscles, cleanse and heal the skin by promoting cell growth, and aid upper respiratory ailments such as bronchitis, asthma, and the common cold.
Although Thai Bodywork offers multiple benefits, it may be contraindicated for some populations, including patients with cancer, who are pregnant and those suffering from back injury, such as a herniated disk. If in doubt check with your medical practioner first.
Typical Fees for this service:
1 Hour Hour Session $70
1 1/2 Hour Session $105
Add Thai Herbal Ball $20
DISCLAIMER:Reflexologists, Body workers, and Manicurists do not diagnose, claim to cure, cure, or take the place of Western Medical Doctors.