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Massage during pregnancy
Massage & pain relief
What is Traditional Thai Yoga Massage?
Traditional Thai Massage, often now referred to as Thai Yoga Massage, is a deeply healing form of bodywork derived from the teachings of Ayurveda and Buddhism. It is thought to have travelled from India to Thailand alongside Buddhist teachings some 2000 years ago, to become an integral part of Thailand’s medical system. In the same way that westerners may go to a physiotherapist or osteopath, it is currently used in Thailand for injury rehabilitation, to relieve pain and restore healthy function. It is also used to help recovery after a heart attack or stroke.
Thai Massage works physically on the whole body and equally importantly, seeks to rebalance the flow of Prana (Life force or Qi) that flows through us, supporting our body's natural healing ability. The sensitive and nurturing touch of a good Thai Massage can help us to listen to ourselves more fully. And when we know what our body is telling us, it helps us to take better care of ourselves in daily life.
Given fully-clothed on a futon, we offer northern style Thai massage which involves a unique combination of rhythmic rocking pressure and dynamic or gentle Hatha Yoga stretches, which releases blocked energy, relaxes the physical body and restores balance and harmony. A session lasts from 1-2 hours and is always tailored to your individual needs.
Thai Massage can help with:
- Acute or Chronic pain relief: Lower back pain, frozen shoulder, knee pain, headaches and sciatica are a few of the common ailments that it is particularly successful in treating.
- Enhanced sports performance: Deep massage both prevents injury and helps in post-injury rehabilitation.
- Stress relief and enhanced wellbeing: Releasing tension creates more space to work creatively with life’s challenges and helps with problems such as insomnia.
- Depression and Anxiety: Thai Massage has helped many people to feel more grounded, optimistic, lighter and more balanced. The restoring of the natural flow of energy in the body leads to greater calm, mental equilibrium and ease.
- Personal Process: Helping you to feel more grounded, present and adaptable to change; providing an important opportunity to reconnect with your body and what feels right for you.
- Flexibility, posture and breathing: Maintaining your health regardless of age and fitness. Good for asthma, high blood pressure and digestive problems.
- Detoxification: Cleansing the body strengthens the immune system, giving us more energy for getting on with life. Thai Massage is deeply detoxifying of muscle, joints & internal organs.
- During Pregnancy: Offering additional support during this period of wonderful and challenging transition. Whatever feels good for you feels good for your baby. These sessions are designed to support and nuture. Improved energy flow, reduction in water retention and easing of ‘heavy legs’ are just some of the benefits. We draw on our personal experience of pregnancy and natural childbirth to work with your individual needs as a mother-to-be.
- Chronic Fatigue: Gentle but deeply effective massage to boost energy levels, reduce associated aches and pains and improve sleep.
"the best massage I've received in the UK and a better version of the ones I used to receive when I lived in Bangkok" S. Savill, features writer, Bristol Evening Post
"I feel my body in ways I never knew it could feel and I leave a session feeling 6 inches taller; its the best kind of massage I have ever had!" K. Warner, Psychotherapist, Bristol
Thai Foot Massage
Thai foot massage has evolved from Chinese and Japanese massages and is practiced widely in Thailand today as an approximate equivalent to Western reflexology. Treatments usually last an hour and include work on the energy lines in the lower legs. The shoulders, arms and hands, neck and head can also be treated at the end of the massage.
The benefits include:
- Improved circulation and toxin removal
- Stimulated lymphatic drainage
- Boosting the function of the immune system
- Stress relief
- Improved sleep
- Clarity and calmness of mind
Thai Massage For the Practitioner
Giving Nuad Phaen Boran, or Nuad Thai (ancient healing massage) is also of benefit to the practitioner. We don’t often think of the ways in which the therapist might benefit from the interaction but it's not just the receiving of Thai Massage that is so different to western holistic massage; giving Thai Massage has the potential to be a deeply profound experience for the practitioner.
These are some of the ways the Thai therapist benefits from the practice:
- A deep connection with your own body and energy through this very active work. Giving Thai massage often feels like a dance with the physical and energetic body; a journey of discovery in which you feel very much alive.
- Greater self-awareness; more mindfulness and more compassion for yourself and others.
- Feeling the opening from the yoga stretching which is at the core of both giving and receiving.
- A sense of satisfaction when clients tell you that the problem they’ve had for months or years is alleviated – and stays that way – as is often the case with conditions such as sciatica.
For information about Introductory workshops and Professional Training, go to The School. We also offer short, informal sessions for couples and family members who would like to learn basic massage techniques to share with their loved ones.