Thai Bodywork - what is it? Why get it? Who needs it?
What is Thai bodywork? It is a form of massage that combines some of the best attributes of traditional massage with those of yoga. Unlike a traditional massage, Thai is done clothed, on the floor using a mat. The client gets to wear their sweats and then, as a passive participant, is taken through an hour of stretches and compressions. During that time, their body will discover its current limitations as far as mobility and, with a little coaxing, move further, stretch farther. (Note that the picture at the top of the page is of a patient who is receiving a good stretch during a Thai session!)
Why should you get Thai bodywork? Because it will help you eitehr become more flexible, or increase current levels of flexibilty. The central idea is to increase joint and muscle flexibility. If the muscles are more flexible, they are less likely to be injured by over use or repetitive strain.
You probably could benefit from a regular Thai Bodywork session. Your muscles will definitely be challenged by this ancient form of body-work, but you will also find it relaxing and that it can be an aid in balancing yourself mentally as well as physically.
Thai sessions usually last an hour and appointments must be made in advance to ensure the room is prepped for this type of work. Clients should come dressed in comfortable work-out type clothing, but no shorts - since you'll be surprised at some of the stretch angles you will reach! The cost is only a little more than an hour of regular massage and the benefits can be nothing short of amazing.
If you have any questions about Thai bodywork or other forms of massage, call me. I'll be happy to answer them if I can, or find the answer if I don't have it.
Iris Weidner, LMT, NCTMB