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Thai Massage

Also known as Thai Yoga Massage or Thai Yoga Therapy, it is practitioner-assisted yoga that incorporates acupressure and stretching, thereby freeing the client of physical effort. It feels like massage because pressure is applied and differs from traditional yoga in that the stretching is passive and the muscles are loosened and relaxed with help from the practitioner. Minimal effort is recruited by the client to mold their body into various positions. It also differs from other forms of massage in that no oil is used, the treatment is done on a floor mattress and the client remains fully clothed.

Clinical trials have shown that Thai Massage can alleviate pain, decrease stress, ease tension and promote psychological wellness. It has the potential to prevent bone degeneration, enhance the elimination of toxins and increase the body's ability to absorb nutrients. In Thailand it is used as a form of physical therapy to increase range of motion and muscular strength. Research also supports its ability to improve circulation, flexibility and muscle tone. Thai Massage is particularly beneficial for athletes or anyone experiencing pain lingering from past injury. From people who spend their workdays hunched at a computer, to people developing arthritis as they age, anyone who wishes to enhance mobility is a good candidate for Thai Massage.

Tui Na

Tui na means "pushing grasping" and is a powerful form of Chinese medical bodywork. Based on the same Oriental medical principles as acupuncture, tui na seeks to improve the flow of qi through the meridian channels. This method is particularly effective for conditions involving muscles, tendons and joints, such as structural misalignment, orthopedic problems and sports injuries. Having completed training in my Sports Medicine Acupuncture program for this type of therapy, I can add this before or after acupuncture to enhance physical relaxation and promote alleviation of pain.

Percussive Therapy

Myofascial release can be acheived using many tools and methods. My new favorite adjunct therapy to acupuncture has been alleviating muscular tension with a myofascial gun (or massage gun), popularly known as a Theragun. This is an addition to my practice that I have exerimented with to find provides sgnificant results when coupled with an acupuncture treatment. 


Thai Massage Wat Po Chiang Mai

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Allison Rowan, M.Ac., L.Ac.

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