A Taste of Thai by Jeanne Coleman, LMT, Thai Massage Specialist
October is Energy Awareness Month here at Truth and I wanted to share more about my speciality and passion, Thai Massage. Since Thai Massage is such a physical modality, people are often surprised to learn that it is actually considered to be a form of energy work in Thailand!
Thai massage, also known as Thai Yoga Massage, is an ancient spiritual healing art, not just a physical therapy. It has deep roots in traditional Thai Medicine, Buddhism, and Yoga. Thai massage embraces a holistic viewpoint of treating, the whole person, not just a particular body part or system. It stimulates the healing energies within the body through a beautiful blend of massage, therapeutic stretching, acupressure, reflexology, and meditation.
Thai massage theory maintains that there are invisible energy channels or pathways in our body. These pathways are called Sen lines. This is similar to the Chinese medicine theory of meridiens. Our vital life energy or life force flow throw these channels. In Thai massage this energy is called “lom”, which means “wind”. Names for this life energy in other healing modalities include Prana, Chi, or Ki.
Due to physical injuries, bad posture, dysfunctional movement patterns, stress, emotional trauma, poor diet and more, this energy can get trapped or blocked, which causes disease. The primary goal of Thai Massage is to stimulate the flow of energy along the Sen lines to release these blockages so that the body can heal itself. This results in balance and harmony within the physical body, the energy field, the mind, the emotions, and the spirit.
Thai massage is deeply relaxing and meditative, yet, at the same time rejuvenating and energizing. It is profoundly healing for both giver and receiver. I'd love for you to come experience the magic that Thai massage can bring to your body and spirit! At Truth, I offer hour-long, 90 minute and two hour long Thai Massage sessions. Performed on a comfortable mat on the floor while the receiver wears loose clothing, each Thai Massage service can be tailored to your individual needs with gentle or deep pressure.
Follow along with me in this video tutorial to get a Taste of Thai at home. Grab a partner and a comfy spot on the floor and follow along as I show you some of the basic Thai Massage stretches.
Jeanne Coleman is nationally certified and licensed massage therapist as well as a licensed physical therapist assistant. Since graduating from Bancroft School of Massage Therapy in Worcester, MA, Jeanne has immersed herself in the study of Thai massage both in the U.S. and in Thailand, where she has made annual trips since 2004. Jeanne has studied with many of the most world renowned Thai massage schools and masters. In 2007 she started her own company, Thai Transformations, which offers Thai massage workshops and guided travel to Thailand. Jeanne has great passion and love for Thai massage, Thai people, and Thai culture. She feels that this ancient form of healing is truly a sacred gift and is transforming for both giver and receiver. She loves to share Thai massage with others whether it be through giving massage treatments, through teaching, and/or introducing people to amazing and fascinating Thailand, the “land of smiles”.
“I love this place. I have seen Joanne for both massage and facial's and she is incredible. I was an LMT for 16 years so it can be challenging for me to find someone I like for bodywork. She's excellent. The feel of the space is so comforting and light. The products used are all organic and smell wonderful. Highly recommend.”
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