Reflexology - Thai Yoga Massage
Reflexology Our feet are a micro-cosmos of our bodies and contain connections to all the body’s systems and internal organs. Reflexology is a system of treatment that works on the principle that specific areas of the feet and/or hands (reflex points) correspond to all the organs, glands and structures of the body.
By applying pressure through the use of specific techniques, reflexology stimulates these reflex points and improves the blood lymph and nerve circulation. This, in turn, can assist to bring about healthy changes in the corresponding areas of the body, restoring and maintaining the body’s natural equilibrium. This gentle therapy can help reduce physical pain caused by poor posture, over-exertion or injury.
It has also been shown to be effective and bring relief to those suffering from a wide range of acute and chronic conditions such as: • Migraines • Infertility (men and women) • Gynaecological conditions (premenstrual syndrome (PMS) heavy/ painful/irregular periods, endometriosis, menopausal symptoms etc) • Arthritis • Sleep disorders • Sports injuries • Hormonal imbalances • Digestive disorders (irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), constipation, acid reflux etc) • Respiratory problems (asthma, allergies, sinusitis, etc) • Musculoskeletal conditions (back pain, neck strain, frozen shoulder, muscle tension etc) • Stress-related conditions As well as helping with particular ailments in the long-term, reflexology can be used as a way to relax the mind and body, relieving stress and tension and restoring vitality.
Reflexology is a serious advance in the health field and should not be confused with massage. Reflexologists do not diagnose any specific medical disorder but aim to work alongside allopathic healthcare to promote better health for their clients, in a natural way. Many doctors, consultants and other health care professionals recognise reflexology as a well established, respected and effective therapy.
Reflexology is suitable for all ages, from babies to elderly, pregnant women and those undergoing chemotherapy. A treatment session usually lasts about one hour. A course of treatments may be recommended depending on the body’s needs. Thai Yoga Massage Thai Yoga Massage is a unique and powerful massage therapy that combines elements of acupressure, reflexology, physiotherapy, chiropractic, gentle stretching and applied yoga.
It is an ancient form of bodywork which aims to release blocked energy, restore health and harmony and bring balance to the body. It has roots in the Indian system of Yoga and Ayurveda and was brought to Thailand 2000 years ago along with Buddhism where it was further developed and handed down through generations.
Thai Yoga Massage is based on a belief in a life force (called Prana in Sanskrit, Chi in Chinese and Ki in Japanese) that circulates around special pathways in the body. These Prana pathways make up an energy system comprised of 72,000 invisible energy lines. Thai Yoga Massage concentrates on 10 key lines, called the Sip Sen and a thorough treatment should cover all 10 lines.
By working these lines, it is possible to treat the whole body, including the internal organs. Practitioners of Thai Yoga Massage aim to balance the energy systems of the body. The benefits of Thai Yoga Massage include: • Greater flexibility in the joints • Enhanced blood circulation • Better alignment of the body • Improved posture • Stimulation of internal organs • Relaxation and tranquility Although the main emphasis in the practice of Thai Yoga Massage is usually on disease prevention, Thai Yoga Massage can also be of great therapeutic benefit, effective in treating various conditions such as digestive disorders, insomnia, shoulder and neck tension, asthma, headache, knee and back pain and other stress related conditions.
Thai Yoga Massage is performed on a mattress on the floor and the receiver wears loose and comfortable clothes. A typical session lasts between 1 ½ to 2 hours. The practitioner uses his or her thumbs, palms, elbows, knees and feet to apply a combination of acupressure, gentle rocking and twisting, joint and spine mobilizations and assisted yoga stretches.