Anyone who’s ever gotten a massage — even a quickie at a mall kiosk — knows that it helps you unwind. That’s not just a mental sensation. Getting massaged causes muscles to unclench, a racing heart rate to slow, heightened blood pressure to fall, and levels of the stress hormone cortisol to drop. In that relaxed state, Thai yoga massage enables your body is able to regroup and recharge.
Thai yoga massage is a combination of acupressure, asanas, stretching, palming, thumbing and gentle twisting. Practitioners incorporate their palms, thumbs, forearms, knees and feet during sessions for muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure. People often describe Thai yoga massage as both relaxing and energizing. Thai yoga massage usually begins with work on the feet as they are the lowest part of the body [gravity wise] and ends with the face and head. By working the feet first, a person’s energy can be moved upward thus helping the circulation of energy.
Thai yoga massage is an Eastern form of therapy that has a deeply holistic approach and believes that in the human body, energies flow along a network of channels or lines similar to nadis in India or ‘meridians’ in China.
Ten benefits of Thai yoga massage:
1) Reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol
2) Lowers blood pressure
3) Decrease pain and improve body function
4) Improves sleep, specifically deep sleep
5) Boosts immunity by increasing white blood cells and reducing stress
6) Revitalizes skin through increased blood flow
7) Elevates level of alertness
8) Lessens digestive disorders
9) Increases seratonin, enhancing mood
10) Touch makes you happier
Touch is a necessary part of our lives and is a key element in both our physical and mental health. In today’s fast paced life, we often tend to lose touch with our mind and body. Thai yoga massage can be one way to connect with others and improve health through touch. Anyone can learn the basics and begin reaping the benefits today!
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Sheryl is 500RYT certified and “dabbled” in yoga for many years before falling in love with power vinyasa, becoming a yoga junkie overnight. She has been practicing yoga for 17 years, and teaching for the last eight. Sheryl has always loved working with people, has a mischievous sense of humor and feels incredibly blessed to be a yoga teacher. Off the mat she enjoys spending time with her beautiful family and friends, taking pictures & doing anything outdoors.