Elise is a practitioner of Thai Massage, an ancient, gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax and alleviate pain for the whole body. Elise also practices deep tissue therapeutic massage after graduating from the Therapeutic Massage and Training Center.
After hyper muscle tension and chronic pain Elise discovered massage as an integral part of a wellness plan. She is able to pull from her toolkit to help you explore your body’s current abilities and to remind your body of what it is able to be.
Massage of all types is often used to relieve stress and protect against stress-related health issues. It is also said to boost energy and improve range of motion and flexibility. Thai massage, in particular, is said to benefit or ameliorate many different health problems. Specifically, it may:
• Relieve tension headaches
• Reduce types of back pain (typically subacute and chronic nonspecific back pain)
• Relieve muscle pain and spasticity as well as joint stiffness and pain
• Increase flexibility and range of motion
• Stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage
• Boost energy
• Calm the nervous system
“Thai massage can release muscular tension, increase flexibility and mobility of joints and improve breathing. The techniques used can also help to increase blood circulation, boost the immune system and promote mental clarity.
A Thai massage experience can help you relieve stress and anxiety, encourages the flow of energy through your body, raise energy levels and stamina and promote an overall feeling of relaxation and well-being.”
“Thai massage is most suitable for people with lots of muscular tension, those suffering from mind and body fatigue, and people with emotional stress and worries.”
What does It feel like?
Instead of the relaxing gliding and kneading motions characteristic of more popular forms of massage, Thai massage employs stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and range of motion. It is sometimes called the “lazy person’s yoga.”
The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.
“Thai massage is a deep massage and whilst a good therapist will ensure an enjoyable experience, some areas may feel slightly painful due to tightness of muscles.
Thai massage is a clothed massage, which is unusual. There is lots of passive stretching involved and the therapist uses palms, forearms, elbows, knees, feet and toes to manipulate and relax your body.
Due to its impact on the circulatory system, people with the following health conditions should consult their healthcare provider before seeking a Thai massage:
high blood pressure
neurological diseases that affect the spinal cord
coronary artery disease
Main contra-indications to a Thai massage are bone/joint conditions, skeletal conditions, pregnancy, varicose veins, thrombosis, recent operations, high blood pressure and elderly clients.
Trained massage therapists can adjust the intensity and pressure to suit their clients. However, a person should avoid Thai massage while recovering from an injury. Even at the lowest intensity, Thai massage can sometimes cause further injury to the body.
Thai Massage & Acupuncture
Thai massage is based in Ayurvedic medicine, Buddhist spiritual practice, and yoga. Acupuncture and Chinese medicine have their origins in China. While both acupuncture and Thai massage are distinct modalities, they share some similarities and could perhaps be described by the popular Thai phrase ‘Same Same but Different’.
Though strong differences exist between Chinese medicine and traditional Thai medicine, there is enough similarity for them to complement one another. In my experience, I have found that combining acupuncture and Thai massage in a session can be extremely beneficial.