Thai Bodywork Sessions offer a variety of therapeutic techniques for pain management and prevention. Each treatment follows a blueprint to help create space in the body so it can heal. You may be positioned seated or lying on your back, stomach, or side. Positions depend on your comfort needs; pillows and blankets are provided for additional support.
Schedule full-body sessions for 90-minutes or 2-hours, or a spot specific treatment for 60-minutes. The work is performed on a soft mat on the floor clothed. Please wear comfortable clothes you can move in (gym/yoga wear).
Rachel offers professional services in the following modalities:
Deep Tissue Massage
Thai massage traditionally works through the layers of the body making deep tissue experience easy and safe for both client and the therapist. Therapists often use their hands, forearms, elbows, knees and feet for compression. Compression in Thai massage is unlike any other pressure you'll experience in other modalities because of the even weight distribution and leverage the therapist has by working on the floor.
Myofascial release is very common in Thai massage. Fascia is the connective tissue found throughout the body. Through passive stretching, pin and stretch techniques, and myofascial release melts bound fascia into relaxation. Working on the mat provides added benefit and a stable foundation for all the limbs to receive gentle traction and range of motion freeing up joints and relieving tightness.
Tok Sen is a healing arts modality from Northern Thailand. It is part of Lanna Medicine that likely comes from the Shan people. With a wooden peg and hammer the practitioner taps specific channels on the body to relax muscles. The rhythmic style of Tok Sen calms the mind and increases mobility and circulation.
Hot Herbal Compresses
A typical Thai herbal compress usually includes ginger, cinnamon, turmeric, rock salt, kaffir lime leaf and peel, cassumar ginger, and camphor. These herbs have beneficial properties that help draw out toxins, help with bruising, blood circulation and muscle soreness/tension. The heat and steam easily travel through layers of cloth to the skin and then onto other layers of the body.
Thai abdominal massage includes herbal compresses, applying pressure on certain points to stimulate organs. It is generally beneficial for slow digestion, constipation, menstrual cramps, low back pain, and removal of toxins. Abdominal massage is beneficial to general health and wellness.
Cupping and Scraping
These therapies are used to release tension in tissue increasing blood and lymph flow, as well as, pulling out toxins. Pain is frequently caused by sluggish body fluids or accumulated toxins. Cupping and scraping therapies are used to relieve pain and tension, and to fend off a beginning of a cold.
Intraoral massage works on internal and external muscles around the mouth, neck, and throat. This form of therapy helps relieve tension headaches. By massaging inside the mouth the jaw muscles are released which reduces the stress on the temporomandibular joints. Useful in treatment of TMJD.
Homemade Balms and Liniments
Herbalism plays a big role in traditional Thai medicine. Rachel makes homemade Thai herbal balms and liniments and uses them in session to help relieve muscle tension and pain.