What better time to post the inaugural blog for Ananda’s Thai Massage Sacred Bodywork than on the first week of the new year? After lots of holiday celebration and perhaps a little too much indulgence, this is the perfect time to regroup and return to your core-self. You can start the year in a fitting manner by getting ‘back in touch’ — literally — with Thai Yoga Therapy.
It’s hardly news that we spend copious amounts of time armed with and operating multiple digital devices, but this increased dedication to the virtual world demands a counterbalance. We’ve come to the point where “interfacing” is typically considered to be the exchange between man and machine. A true interface, the kind from which the technological term has been derived, is community between individuals, and as corporal beings, it is still essential. It’s the same reason why music makes you tingle, food tastes so good and massage relaxes you.
So, what is Thai Yoga Massage and how can it help you? That depends on whether you seek preventative treatment, pain relief or maintenance and well-being. From garden-variety aches and pains to arthritis or the common cold, Ananda will offer you an individualized treatment plan.
Also referred to as Yoga Massage, or Nuad Boran, this system of medical arts is believed to have developed over time in ancient Siam as a result of various influences from India and China. The practice optimizes energy flow along the sen lines, or energy channels, with targeted pressure and assisted stretching modalities. As a skilled practitioner, Ananda uses her own body including palms, thumbs, elbows, feet, and knees to leverage the client’s flexibility. The methodology is ingenious. Every stretch will make you marvel at the taut, compelling dynamic of its push and pull and its palpability. Bodyworkers take note; the principles of Thai Massage could inform a new paradigm.
The irony of stretching on your own is that it takes effort that can, in fact, tighten muscles. In contrast, a series of assisted Thai yoga stretches performed by a qualified Nuad Boran practitioner can relax and invigorate you in a way that is otherwise unattainable. Why? It enables you to relax into the stretch rather than generating the effort to make it happen and that’s the magic that has made Thai Yoga Massage so popular.
At the end of your Thai Yoga Bodywork session, you can opt for a steaming hot, fragrant compress consisting of lemongrass, tamarind leaf, camphor, cassumunar, curcuma and acacia. Methodically applied to your body, this facilitates the ease of movement gained from stretching and acupressure. Ananda informed me that some people feel so relaxed after receiving a hot herbal compress treatment that they are able to sleep more deeply, as it allows for a greater sense of relaxation to emerge. Others feel energized and ready to take a yoga class. The herbs are wonderfully aromatic, so breathe deep.
Ananda’s passion to help clients in a Thai Massage session is equal to her commitment to educate and provide support after or between appointments. She is a champion of self-care and will advise you on multiple means by which to extend the benefits of your bodywork session. Satellite modalities designed to promote health and lifestyle goals are a part of her everyday lexicon. She’ll tell you about MELT METHOD, a simple self-treatment myofascial release system, praise the respective virtues of a Breville juicer and a Vitamix blender, or suggest ways to enhance the performance of your favorite Merrell walking shoe.
Gentle, yet powerful Thai Massage stretching and acupressure offer a refreshing palpability in a world gone digital. Is 2014 the year to adopt Thai Yoga Therapies into your self-care regimen?
Robin Vaughn is a writer and education specialist with a broad background in the arts. She has written on a wide range of topics for magazines, trade publications, instructional materials and business websites. Find out more about her work at www.wordentity.com.