“Thai Massage is a traditional healing system that is seeing a resurgence in popularity due to its invigorating effects on the mind and body,” said Harmony Morgan, Director for Healing Hands School of Holistic Health.
Traditional Thai Massage is practiced on a thick mat on the floor with the client wearing loose-fitting, comfortable clothing. The Practitioner uses their hands, feet, and knees to provide gentle, rhythmic compression and yoga-like stretches to joints and muscles.
Students will learn the basic flow of a Traditional Thai Massage as well as breath work, rhythmic rocking and techniques to promote deep stretches. These combinations of movements stimulate the ten major energy paths in the body called ‘Sen’ lines. The recipient is lulled into a state of meditative relaxation that positively impacts the body’s internal organs and functions. For example, recipients of this modality may experience enhanced metabolism and energy levels, emotional mood, mental clarity, digestion, and sleep.
Though Traditional Thai Massage beneficial effects on the body and mind has been known to professional athletes for decades, it’s now earned its place as an integrative therapeutic modality. A well-executed Thai Massage will ease muscle stiffness, increase range of motion of joints and clear the body’s energy pathways. The combination of benefits leaves clients feeling mentally alert, physically energized, and refreshed.
Additional classes include Thai Foot Massage. In this elective class, students learn to deliver a foot massage that combines the ancient healing arts of Chinese Tui Na, Japanese Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Indian Ayurvedic Yoga. Students learn to use hands, fingers, thumbs, knuckles, and a rounded wooden stick with lotion or oil to work the feet, lower legs, and knees. As with other Thai modalities, a Thai Foot Massage frees up blocked energy within the body’s many energy ‘Sen’ lines to produce a deeply relaxed and comfortable feeling of balance, mental alertness, and well-being.
Herbal Thai Massage includes all those mentioned above for Traditional Thai Massage plus detoxification, deep muscle relaxation, increased lymph flow and quicker repair of muscle tissue. In this class students learn to make and integrate the use a Thai Herbal Ball (made from select herbs and essential oils) into their Thai massage practice.
To learn more about Table Thai Massage or one of the other courses offered at Healing Hands, please visit us online at www.hhs.edu or call us at (800) 355.6463.