Thai Massage – Where have you been all my life?
One thing that we all too easily forget when we're working hard chasing our dreams is to look after ourselves. We want our bodies to wake up at 6am, train hard and feel amazing but we forget to treat our bodies the way they deserve. To help keep us on the correct path our resident beauty and skincare expert Nicola JB shares her new found love of Thai Massage ...
Thai Massage - Treat Yourself
Those of you who know me will be no stranger to the fact that in April 2016 I left my quiet home town in England and moved to Hong Kong. I always had huge dreams and ambitions to work internationally so when an opportunity within my organizations Hong Kong office arose guess whose application was the first in the pile.
Moving half way around the world has taught me more in one year than I could ever have imagined. Both personally and professionally I have evolved and I now have an even deeper appreciation for this incredible world in which we live.
Moving to a different country brings with it new experiences and one such life changing experience for me (no exaggeration) has been the discovery of Thai Massage. I have been a lifelong fan of deep tissue massage; not the therapeutic kind, more a very firm, tension relieving massage that really gets deep into my muscles. Thai massage is this and so much more.
The key differentiator in my opinion is the therapist’s ability to use their body weight and limbs to release tension within your body. Yes, I have had a therapist walk up and down my calves. Did it hurt? No. Was it uncomfortable? Occasionally. Did my legs feel amazing afterwards? Absolutely.
The mastery of the masseuse is not just within their hands like many massage techniques used in the western world. Thai massage therapists utilize their elbows, knees and at times full body weight to deliver an incredible full body, tension relieving experience. In contrast, Traditional Thai massage is also performed on the floor. You typically wear a sleep suit type outfit as the therapist manipulates your body into a variety of stretches and yoga like poses.
As Livestrong.com reports (and I whole heartedly agree):
‘Thai massage works off the belief that tightened muscles lead to the diminished flow of energy in your body. When energy can't flow freely, you become inflexible, suffer pain and feel stiff. Overtime, this leads to shortened muscles and connective tissue that affects your posture, immunity and organ function -- all of which speed up aging and disability.
The pressing techniques used in Thai massage are designed to increase blood circulation to facilitate the better flow of oxygen and nutrients to your tissues. It also helps your body naturally get rid of waste, such as metabolic byproducts and carbon dioxide, more efficiently.’
Thai massage is not for the faint hearted but I promise you the relief and benefits you will experience post treatment far exceed any momentary discomfort you may experience throughout. My only concern is that now no other massage will compare!
Lots of love,