Thai Yoga Therapy – Excel Body Fitness
This healing modality combines rhythmic acupressure, assisted stretching, joint mobilization and energy work. Treatments are done with the client comfortably clothed on a mat on the floor, without the use of oils or lotions and are generally at least 90 minutes. Therapist: Laura Nickerson, CMT
About Thai Yoga Therapy
This style of Thai Yoga Therapy reduces stress, relieves pain and supports the body’s natural ability to heal itself, both physically and emotionally.
Uniquely adapted to the needs of a contemporary Western clientele, this ancient form of healing from the East employs a variety of techniques in a complete, balanced and deeply therapeutic system. The method consists of a series of interactive movements, stretches and rhythmic massage, addressing all the main energy channels and pressure points of the body. The often deeply meditative experience can be quite stimulating when performed more dynamically. It can result in the same blissed-out feeling as after a good yoga class or exercise session. Or it can be done more gently, in a soothing manner, depending on the restorative needs or mood of the client.
This kind of healing touch can reduce heart rate, blood pressure and stress hormone levels, freeing up areas of tension. It’s also known for increasing vitality and well-being as connections are strengthened between body and mind. Results typically include:
- deep release of energetic blockages,
- improving spinal alignment,
- physical balance,
- joint mobility and
- overall flexibility.
Clients also report enhanced mental clarity, sounder sleep, greater endurance and increased enjoyment of sports, work and play.
What to Expect
Treatments are done with the client comfortably clothed and performed on a special mat on the floor, mostly without the use of oils or lotion.
This form of bodywork can be very relaxing and highly therapeutic for many health conditions including back issues, muscle strains or osteoarthritis. It can also enhance immune function, boost levels of endorphins and serotonin – the body’s natural painkillers and mood regulators – and increase blood circulation.
Those with anxiety, depression or eating disorders can also take advantage of the positive effects on the mind that certain combinations of yoga and massage have been proven to have.
A form of neuromuscular therapy is employed, where concentrated pressure is applied to so-called “trigger points”. These areas of chronic contraction in the muscle that may feel like lumps or knots are often painful and sometimes lead to more pain in other parts of the body. Sufficient pressure is applied to these areas to relax the muscles, while stretching the surrounding tissue – known as fascia – to help prevent recurrence.
Ideally performed once or twice a month per client, complete Thai Yoga Therapy sessions are usually about two hours long.
Other treatment options are also available, such as specially targeted sessions for shorter times, performed more frequently.