The Thai Massage method uses point pressure,
muscle stretching and compression, and is done in rhythmic movement.
What is Thai Massage?
Unlike many other forms of massage which are done on a table with oils, Thai Massage is applied on a mat on the floor, fully clothed and no oils are required. The Thai Massage method uses point pressure, muscle stretching and compression, and is done in rhythmic movement. It is very soothing and deeply relaxing. The benefits are wide-ranging, including relaxation, heighted awareness, relief from muscle tension and pain, increased flexibility, improved circulation of blood and lymph, a feeling of freedom in the body and mind, a feeling of vibrancy, and much more. For many people who initially received massage on a table, Thai Massage is a next-level experience. My sisters, after receiving Thai Massage, haven’t gone back to table massage because it just doesn’t have the same wide-ranging effects.
The Benefits of Thai Massage
Traditional Thai Massage was passed down as an oral tradition in families who do agricultural work, which is very common in Thailand. As many of us in Nevada County know, farming can create muscle tightness and soreness, and Thai Massage is a great way to relieve the tension. It is rich with influence from many cultures of people who would share their massage techniques for addressing issues in different areas in the body from physical labor.
Because Thai Massage is done on a mat on the floor, it is not just the practitioner’s hands at work on the body, but the feet, forearms, knees and elbows as well. Some of the moves in Thai Massage create a sense of purpose to the shape of our body parts, as if toes were meant to be used under the scapula to release muscle tension. It has a very natural and even ancient essence.
Chrissy’s study of the body’s energetic systems began in 2007, from an experience of pure enlightenment that came out of the blue and lasted a couple of months. It was shortly after this experience that she took her first yoga class, and she has been studying and teaching yoga ever since. In 2012, Chrissy discovered Thai Massage as a key component to the therapeutic lineage of Acroyoga. Something deep within her resonated with the concepts and basic principles, and she began informal study through giving and receiving Thai Massage for the next few years. In 2015, she began her formal studies with Janice Gagnon at Spirit Winds School of Thai Massage.
Since 2015, Chrissy has completed Levels 1-4 of Traditional Northern Style Thai Massage as well as Thai Herbal Massage. She has also studied Advanced Loi Kroh style with Keith Wagner, completing an introductory course to Advanced Studies, as well as completing Chi Nei Tsang Advanced Abdominal Massage with Anya Devi.