Thai massage is regarded above all as a spiritual practice, a meditation in movement.Krishnatakis, Sunshine House Lead Teacher

How Thai massage is different

Influenced by Buddhism and Ayurveda, monks first used TM as a physical expression of meditation and compassion (metta) for healing

A medical discipline in Thailand; combined with proper nutrition and exercise, TM is considered an essential part of maintaining well-being, preventing illness and improving quality of life

Affects physical body through joint mobilization, rhythmic rocking, fluid movement, gentle stretching and massage techniques

Affects energetic body through acupressure points, SEN lines, and metta meditation

Practitioner uses hands, elbows, knees, and feet depending on the technique used

Traditional style practiced as a full body treatment (at least 90 minutes), without oils, on a padded floor mat but can also be performed on the table or a massage chair

misconceptions

1. People think they have to be flexible to benefit. This is not true. People think this way because of several reasons. Anyone whose had a massage in Thailand might have experienced a more aggressive style where their body may have been submissively pushed into a pose it can’t quite do. North American bodies are different than Thai bodies. Those fancy, and sometimes intimidating looking poses are often not appropriate for many bodies. In fact, it’s often the more subtle movements that reveal where holding and restriction are happening.

Treatment is customized to how your body is presenting at that moment in time.  Contrary to popular belief, flexibility and mobility are not improved by putting your muscles under severe strain. That will only cause the “Stretch Reflex”, (a protective preprogrammed response your body has to prevent a muscle from tearing. When we attempt to stretch a muscle that’s in an involuntary contracted state, the reflex is activated in the brain, and it actually causes the muscle to tighten even more). Even though it “feels good” to stretch, and you may be the type of person that likes to go as far as you can, it’s actually not helping you if you’re consistently pushing into stretch reflex.

2. Thai Yoga Massage  and all styles of Thai Massage are the same.  Thai Yoga massage focuses more on the stretching style of technique, including variations of asana poses that you may have tried in a yoga class. Often called “lazy man yoga”. Different parts of Thailand, have different styles of techniques too. Yes, it’s true that one aspect of Thai massage is stretching and being passively moved into different positions, but there is sooo much more than stretching to this work. Acupressure, joint mobility, SENline focus, compression, tapotement…these are also techniques used in Thai massage.

my non-traditional style

Influenced by expert teachers around the world, and 13 years of practice, I’ve naturally shifted into a more integrated style that combines elements of Thai massage with other modalities (Clinical Somatics, Trigger Point Therapy, Energy Medicine etc). It’s not a completely passive experience where you can tune out and fall asleep because for true change to occur, one’s brain and attention must be involved in the process. I will coach you through the session where necessary while still maintaining a massage like experience. Strangely enough, when one does keep a razor focus on their body’s sensations, it’s amazing the degree of relaxation that is created in the nervous system and how fast one can notice change, and it’s more effective for those with chronic pain patterns. These techniques integrated with gentle stretching will actually improve your mobility, and ease your nervous system. If you’re looking for a super aggressive stretching treatment, you won’t find it at mettafor.

other frequently asked questions

specialty treatments

Thai foot massage

Rejuvenating for the whole body

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    a.k.a Thai foot massage; a blending of Chinese Reflexology and Thai techniques that works areas from feet to knees.

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    Relieves sore, tired feet especially great for those who have physically demanding jobs of standing for long periods of time.

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    Hot towels, oils/creams and essential oils may be used to enhance treatment. 

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    Thumbs or wood sticks are used on pressure points where over 7000 nerve endings connect at the bottom of the feet. 

Thai style head massage

Uplifting and stress-relieving

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    Invigorating scalp massage and acupressure points boost circulation.

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    Eases discomfort in the face, neck, scalp, shoulders and upper back.

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    Gentle and slow techniques break down tension and release toxins.

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    Brings the energy of the whole body into a deep sense of peace and calm.