MASSAGE



 

TUINA ('push and grasp') is part of the system of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). It is a deep and powerful therapy which uses rolling, finger pressure, plucking, squeezing and stretching to stimulate energy channels and points. It stimulates blood circulation and energy flow throughout the whole body, activates and drains the lymph, eliminates stagnation and toxic waste, and relaxes and tones the muscles, tendons and ligaments. Use of the acupuncture points with traditional Chinese diagnostic techniques can be highly effective in helping to regulate the internal body functions. It is commonly used specifically to treat one area of the body (such as the neck and shoulders) or can be integrated into a full massage, and is performed over clothes, or with a therapeutic Chinese herbal oil. Elizabeth studied Tuina at the Asante Academy of Chinese Medicine, and completed 1 month of clinical training at Yunnan Hospital of Chinese Medicine, China.

 

 

THAI YOGA MASSAGE is part of the system of Traditional Thai Medicine (TTM), and is a flowing sequence of stretching, massage, pressing and movement. It is a dynamic practice that produces yoga-like stretches, simultaneously relaxing and invigorating. It helps to ease muscular tension, loosen ligaments and open the joints. The pressing of points and energy lines assists in removing blockages and aiding energy flow, and can also stimulate the function of the internal organs. In Thailand, this massage is strongly linked to Buddhist practice and the giving of metta (loving-kindness). Treatments are given fully clothed on a padded mat, and move rhythmically over the whole body, helping to balance and harmonize the body and mind, and are traditionally performed for at least an hour and a half. Elizabeth has an advanced diploma from the Bodyharmonics School in Cheltenham and has completed further training courses at the Sunshine Massage School, Chiang Mai.

 

 

OSTE0-THAI can be described as the meeting of Thai massage and osteopathy. Designed to combine the pressure point work and stretching of Thai massage with the release of tissue tension and work on structural and joint mobility of osteopathy, this is a gentle and precise form of bodywork involving many dynamic and harmonic movements. It can be effectively incorporated into a Thai bodywork session. Elizabeth completed a 60-hour training programme with the school of Osteo-Thai.

 

 

 

THAI FOOT MASSAGE works on the feet and legs, and involves stretching, massage and stimulation of the reflexology points on the feet. It is a very relaxing experience and has the effect of easing tired muscles, improving the flexibility and movement of the feet and stimulation the internal organs. Thai foot massage has its origins in Chinese reflexology, and is a very 'traditional' form of therapy in Thailand, passed down through generations by Buddhist monks. Elizabeth studied this form at ancient Wat Po temple in Bangkok.

 

 

Thai massage and Tuina work holistically, and can be used to enhance well-being, flexibility and energy levels, promote relaxation and prevent musculo-skeletal problems from developing. They can also be used to treat a range of specific conditions, including:

  • Sports injuries
  • Poor flexibility
  • Back and neck pain
  • Stiff/ frozen shoulder
  • Sciatica
  • Arthritis
  • Tendonitis
  • Anxiety
  • Digestive disorders
  • Insomnia
  • Headaches