thai and shiatsu massage
thai massage:: this interactive manipulation of the body uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along energy lines. these movements help to:
- adjust the skeletal structure
- increase flexibility
- relieve muscular and joint tension
- stimulate internal organs
- balance the body's energy system
the effect is uniquely relaxing as well as energizing. receiving a thai massage is a bit like doing yoga without putting forth any effort while also getting acupressure treatments. sessions typically last two hours and are performed on a floor mat with the client dressed in comfortable loose clothing. thai massage uses two primary procedures - applying gentle pressure with the hands and feet, and wide a variety of passive stretching movements.
shiatsu message:: the japanese word shiatsu means finger pressure:shi- "finger," atsu-"pressure." in shiatsu, the fingers, thumbs, elbows, knees and hands are all used to stimulate or sedate the energy flowing through the body to promote health and healing.
shiatsu encourages a positive state of mind; its throries and techniques are a backdrop to physical communications through touch. like acupuncture and other asian medical practices, shiatsu works with the body's energy system.