Traditional Thai massage is an ancient healing system that combines broad and targeted acupressure, stimulation and manipulation of energy lines called sen, and assisted yoga postures. This traditional healing practice stands in sharp contrast to western massage therapies. In traditional Thai massage the recipient remains clothed during a treatment. There is constant body contact between the practitioner and client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked in order to clear energy blockages and relieve tension. The practitioner uses thumbs, palms, forearms, elbows, knees and feet to create a dance of movement on the body of the recipient. In this process, joints are opened, muscles and tendons are stretched, internal organs are toned, and energy is balanced. The overall effect is one of deep relaxation, rejuvenation, and physical and mental well being.
Cupping is an ancient therapy that is still popular today. When applied to the skin, suction is created which draws an increase in blood and qi (vital energy) to an area of injury or imbalance. Cupping achieves excellent results for a broad range of disorders including cellulite, stretch marks, scars, repetitive strains, inflammation, chronic fatigue, digestive problems and more. Benefits of cupping include increased range of motion, reduction in pain, reduced swelling and inflammation, improved blood flow and strengthening the immune system.
Gua sha is a healing technique of traditional East Asian medicine. Modern research has confirmed Gua sha reduces pain and inflammation while stimulating an immune protective response that can persist for days following treatment. Gua sha is a valuable treatment for musculoskeletal problems. The benefits of Gua sha are numerous. It resolves spasms and pain, and promotes normal circulation to the muscles, tissues and organs. When done on the face, Gua Sha can reduce fine lines and wrinkles, restore firmness and elasticity, promote a brighter complexion, relieve jaw tension, promote lymphatic drainage, and decrease puffiness.
Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilization (IASTM) is another option to resolve pain and tightness in the body. IASTM is an advanced form of myofascial mobilization primarily used to detect and release scar tissue, adhesions, and fascial restrictions. Common conditions that are typically treated with IASTM include tendinopathies, Achilles tendinosis, rotator cuff injuries, IT band syndrome, and plantar fasciitis, among others. The goal is to trigger an inflammatory healing response. This will stimulate the production of new collagen and proper, functional, pain-free healing. Studies have shown clinical benefits of IASTM with improvements in range of motion, strength, and pain perception following treatment.
Reiki is a form of alternative medicine called energy healing. Reiki practitioners use a technique called palm healing or hands-on healing through which a "universal energy" is said to be transferred through the palms of the practitioner to the patient in order to encourage emotional or physical healing.