A Thai massage is a long, rythmic session of stretches, accupressure and assisted yoga poses. It is healing and relaxing, and may bring on meditative states for both the giver and the reciever.
It is given on a mat or futon set on the floor, there are no lotions or oils used in the massage, and you do not have to remove your clothes. You do need to wear loose, comfortable clothing, and take off only your shoes.
Just about anybody can recieve a Thai Massage. There will be opportunity to discuss any medical issues before your first session and adjust the postures to your situation or reschedule, if necessary.
You should not recieve a Thai massage if you are acutelly ill, have had recent surgery, have been diagnosed with cancer, have uncontrolled hypertension, or osteoporosis, among other caveats.
If you are pregnant, some of the postures are contraindicated, especially if you are high risk. Please ask your OB-GYN if you can have a massage before you make an appointment.
A Thai massage session should last no less than one and a half hours, two is better, and three is the norm for a full session. The whole body is worked, head to toes, and additional time is dedicated to any areas of tension.
Vandana is a sanskrit word with multiple shades of meaning.
It traditionally is used to refer to an attitude of prayer and prostration to all beings, knowing them to be one of the forms of God.
It is also one of the nine forms of Bhakti, love for love's sake.
A Thai massage is given with this in mind. In Thai, it is described as Metta, or, Loving Kindness, a selfless out-pouring of pure healing intention, from the practicioner's heart, throught the hands, for the benefit and well being of the reciever.
Ths is considered to be an integral and indispensable element of Thai massage