Thai Massage benefits those who ‘move more’ and also those that ‘move less’
Thai Massage benefits those who ‘move more’ and also those that ‘move less’
Ancient Thai Massage is a holistic therapy that promotes the flow of energy throughout the body and aims to promote physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health by restoring balance and the natural equilibrium of the body’s energy. Often a deep sense of peace can be experienced during and after a treatment.
Thai Massage is particularly effective for people who are often on their feet, are involved in long days of physical work, are active sports people, regularly suffer from muscular tension and sports injuries or are suffering from the long-term effects of medical injuries e.g. whiplash.
Thai Massage is also perfect for professionals such as office workers, educators and business people who sit for long periods of time doing potentially repetitive and tedious movements.
Stress is something we all experience from time to time. We are primed to deal with short periods of stress in the form of the ‘flight or fight’ response. This system is stimulated during times of stress and then works by sending nutrients and oxygen to the heart, brain and muscles allowing us to react and think quickly. However prolonged periods of stress can result in the manifestation of both mental and physical symptoms appearing within the body.
Mental signs of chronic stress include anxiety, depression, fatigue, poor concentration and mood swings.
Physical signs of chronic stress include heart palpitations, nausea and muscles aches and pains. It is known that levels of chronic stress can lead to the development of high blood pressure, heart disease and suppression of the immune system. Often problematic conditions such as eczema, asthma, ME/ fibromyalgia, IBS are made worse by periods of stress.
Thai Massage is known to stimulate a part of the autonomic nervous system which is responsible for maintaining normal, relaxed body functioning. Receiving Thai Massage during times of stress can reduce heart rate, slow breathing and so restore balance back to the nervous system and the organs which in turn promotes improved health and a sense of calmness.
Numerous studies have shown that those who have Thai Massages are more relaxed and this is enhanced by regular treatments.
As Thai Massage promotes relaxation, it also helps encourage a better sleep state as there is an increased production of serotonin, which is the precursor to the body producing melatonin. This helps the brain prepare an individual for sleep.
The techniques employed release joint and muscular tension which leads to an increased sense of wellbeing, additionally the acupressure techniques employed in Thai Massage have additional benefits in terms of releasing nervous tension, freeing energy blockages and flow and releasing emotional tension held within the body. The end result is a heightened sense of wellbeing and relaxation.
Reduces Muscle Tension and Spasms
Muscle tension can start a domino effect on the body, leading to headaches, joint pain, chronic back and neck pain. Its common that the presence of this pain also leads to bad posture, as the manipulates their body to alleviate pain. And so, the cycle of worsening symptoms continues.
Thai Massage helps a persons’ muscles, joints, ligaments and fascia by relaxing muscle tension, relieving spasm and improving the range of motion. The combination of pressure on specific points, which releases tension, allows muscles to be stretched and lengthened effectively. The principles of Chinese Medicine target trapped nerves, making it highly beneficial in alleviating muscle spasms. Acupressure techniques and principles are used to target key energy points in the body, which correspond to the wider anatomy.
Can Treat Sciatica, Headaches and Neck Pain
The way in which Thai Massage combines a multitude of techniques allows it to target underlying dysfunction contributing to symptoms of pain in a holistic and highly effective manner. The use of acupressure, gentle joint mobilisation and stretching of muscles, and the release of blocked energy flows, all work in combination to release tension, ease nerve irritation and alleviate pain.
Improves Range of Motion and Increases Resistance to Injury
The use of yoga-style movements releases tension in the joints, aiding mobility and enhancing the range of movement. Thai Massage can effectively help increase joint mobility and range of movement, particularly after a series of treatments. A reduction in joint pain and an increase in suppleness and enhanced flexibility can be gained from a treatment.
Improves Circulation [Blood, Lymph, Digestion]
Because of the deep-tissue techniques involved in Thai Massage, circulation throughout the body is increased. The physical touch of the massage promotes blood flow, so that blood, nutrients and oxygen get to areas of your body more effectively, improving your overall health.
Boosted Immune System
It has been reported that immune systems are boosted as a result of Thai Massage by invigorating the nervous system and releasing toxins through improved circulation.
Balances and Increases Energy
Thai Massage works the Sen energy lines of the body, these are referred to as Meridians in other modalities. Physically stimulating the energy lines can help shift areas stagnant energy allowing for a healthier flow of energy [known as Lom in Thai Massage or Qi in Chinese treatments]. During a Thai Massage, the practitioner will work to manipulate these Sen lines until it feels the energy is sufficiently released.
Improvement to the Nervous System
Thai Massage stimulates the sensory nerves causing the central nervous system to respond better. Some researchers suggest that by blocking pain signals to the brain [gate control theory] and activating the parasympathetic nervous system the release of endorphins and serotonin occurs which could contribute to the prevention of fibrosis or scar tissue, increase the flow of lymph and improve sleep patterns.
Deepens connection between mind and body
You don’t have to be suffering from pain or training for a marathon to benefit from Thai Massage. As well as being an excellent tool for relieving soft tissue restrictions, Thai Massage has a deeply relaxing effect on the physical body as well as the mind.
Enhances your practice of Yoga, Pilates and other physical modalities and sports
Thai Massage has been proven to be very beneficial for golfers, athletes, martial artists, dancers, runners and other sports people, in a way that it is perfect for those who are active and whose bodies are put under pressure from overuse, aggressive, explosive and repetitive movements. Those in active professions or hobbies, such as manual workers find Thai Massage very helpful in alleviating aches, pains, constricted mobility and fatigue.
- Thai Massage enhances and boosts performance by increasing energy and flexibility as well as decreasing muscle tension. This may lead to increase in performance ability and decrease the chance of injury.
- Untreated, acute issues can manifest into chronic conditions, hindering performance and potentially increasing the risk of more serious injury. Regular Thai Massage helps maintain better condition of the body by keeping muscles and joints healthy and flexible, which assists in the prevention of developing injuries or losing mobility.
- Injury recovery is promoted by assisting in the reduction of swelling, muscles adhesions and pain, as well as relaxing and stretching sore muscles. Whilst recovering from injury it partially compensates for the lack of exercise during inactivity.
- Incorporating a Thai Massage treatment into a training programme will encourage blood flow and nutrients back into the muscles and surrounding joints which will encourage repair and improve functioning, flexibility and mobility.
- The meditative qualities of Thai Massage should not be underestimated. It relaxes the mind and body and improves emotional balance.
- Parasympathetic rest of the body and mind is important. Thai Massage can promote the body to enter a parasympathetic nervous system state of rest and digest, which it needs to recuperate and restore.
- Furthermore, those who ‘move more’ may maximise the benefits of Thai Massage through having it before and event or competition as a preparation therapy and after the event as a recovery therapy.
The pre-event massage will aid in increasing flexibility, mobility, preventing injuries as well as improving concentration and focus plus it calms down nervous energy prior to the competition.
The post-event massage will promote faster recovery through pain relief from muscular fatigue, soreness, stiffness and especially sports injuries.
Stress related conditions are one of the most common causes of pain, illness and absence from the workplace.
Thai Massage has meditative qualities that improves emotional balance and harmonises mind and body, making you feel calmer and helps you gain mental clarity through the deep relaxing stretches and massage techniques.
Headaches/ migraine which can be caused through neck and shoulder muscles being overused whilst sitting for long periods at a computer can be alleviated or reduced in intensity.
It can relieve pain caused by overworked muscles such as tight necks, hips, backs and shoulders. This is done through the use of gentle pressure to open joints, deep stretching and lengthening tight muscles. This combination encourages the muscles and joints to settle into their proper positioning and alignment, thus providing relief.
Overall posture can be improved by balancing and correcting body alignment as well as improving body functions resulting in increased flexibility and mobility.
Thai Massage helps to release harmful toxins from your body, through improving blood circulation, toning the internal organs and lessening digestive disorders. Thai Massage will also assist your body in eliminating these toxins.
Being able to maintain a healthy, reasonably active and balanced life at any age is important for both physical and mental wellbeing. Many senior citizens do live active and social lives, taking part in sporting activities such as Golf, Tennis, Hillwalking and Cycling.
However, there are more vulnerable elderly people who are unable to maintain that same level of independence and activity as result of age-related health conditions.
Thai Massage can benefit both the active and inactive seniors by maintaining or improving circulation, increasing mobility, reducing joint inflammation and muscle pain as well as swelling, restoring vitality and combatting the feeling on loneliness. For many older people, the experience of human touch can be less frequent and Thai Massage can have a significant positive effect on mental and physiological health.
Please consult your medical team if your have any concerns about your health conditions and the suitability of a Thai Massage. Each treatment is individual and adjusted to take account of a person’s individual needs.