THAI STRETCH MASSAGE (TSM)
A Thai Stretch Massage (TSM) is performed on the floor on special mats. The client is fully dressed wearing loose comfortable clothing.
Thai Stretch massaged has it's origins in traditional Thai massage can be traced back 2,500 years. It is an ancient form of therapeutic healing that has roots in Indian Ayurveda medicine, the beginnings of Holistic integration.
The founding father of Thai Massage, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, was a celebrated yogi and a doctor in the healing tradition of Ayurveda who treated, among others, the Buddha.
After the death of the Buddha, the earliest Buddhist monks who travelled to Southeast Asia were accompanied by Ayurveda doctors. These doctors practiced a healing art that would later evolve into traditional Thai Massage.
Traditional Thai massage developed throughout the ages within the Buddhist temples. It flourished as a way for spiritual people to share the benefits of meditation and compassion in a physical form. It is a respected form of healing practiced today in hospitals and temples throughout Thailand
Some people have comparted Thai Stretch Massage to a session of assisted yoga with a variety of massage techniques applied. The hallmarks of Thai massage, include: the use of momentum and gravity rather than muscular strength, work along energy lines called sen lines, rocking, and range-of-motion assisted stretching.
At Tan Jai Therapeutic Academy we incorporate traditional Thai methods along with Northern and Southern techniques for a complete, well rounded massage.
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Table Thai Stretch massage (TSM)
Table Thai Stretch is a modern day evolution and fusion and relatively new way of treating.
There a few differences in the number of techniques or type of techniques you can perform using table Thai massage versus Thai massage on a floor mat. The majority of technique adaptation comes from shifting the therapist’s body position.
Those who are already familiar with Thai Stretch Massage, sometimes have an epiphany like moment where they realize how they can translate movements to the table. Once learned it's easy to understand, but Table Thai Stretch requires certain flexibility in thinking that’s difficult to come up with on your own without training.
For those who are not familiar with Thai massage, the manuevers are a great addition to their current practice.
There are, of course, a number of interpretations of Thai massage when it is performed on the table. Approaches vary depending on who is teaching the course.
This is a departure from traditional technique, but the benefits remain the same for the client and the therapist gets to further protect their joints from injury.
Thai Chair massage
Knowing Thai Chair massage gives you the flexibility to work at various places such as markets, festivals, offices, shops, companies and many others.
Thai Chair massage in a blend of TSM movements and Thai acupressure points. Upon completion of this course, students will be able to give a massage of up to 60 mins which they may then adjust accordingly.
In this class you will learn how to use Thai techniques to massage the back, neck, shoulders, and hands on a massage chair or any other ordinary chair.
Thai Chair massage can help to relieve stress, boost energy and altertness as well as reduce muscle tension and pain. Most importantly, Thai Chair massage can help reduce repetitive stress injuries and help with things like carpal tunnle and tenis elbow.
Thai oil massage on table
Thai Oil Massage is about giving gentle pressure, gliding, rolling, stroking, rubbing and stretching movements using the palms, thumbs, elbows and knees in combination with the application of warmed oils.
A Thai Traditional Oil massage is based on the concepts of traditional Thai massage which is: working, opening, and stimulating the Sen Lines also known as Energy Lines.
In this course we discuss a few essential oils and the benefits of each.
Thai Reflexology is an effective therapy that is now recognized as an important modality.
Thai Reflexology is based on the principle of Thai massage and the belief that there are points in the feet that correspond to all parts, glands, and organs of the body.
By gently pressing these points, we can assist the body directly in balancing itself, immediately reducing stress and increasing circulation.
As we support the body's natural ability to heal itself, all of the body systems are affected in a positive way. By learning about foot reflexology, students learn to take care of the feet as well as the rest of your body at the same time.
Jap Sen massage
Jap Sen, also known as Nerve Touch Massage style is a Thai massage style characterized by “grasping or plucking the sen lines” and was founded by the late “Mama Lek.”
Mama Lek was from a reputable healer, herbalist, and Thai Healing arts teacher from Chiang Mai (Thailand) and her work steadily gained popularity over the years. She gave therapy and taught massage and herbal knowledge for more than 50 years.
The Jap Sen technique is hard to explain in words and in fact it’s best to be seen and felt to understand thoroughly. With Jap Sen the muscles, tendons and nerves are grabbed and “rolled over,” which can be done gently or more firm, while during a session deep (acu)pressure using the knees, elbows, feet, heels and thumbs is applied also.
Generally, it’s safe to say that it’s quite a “hard” or tough style of giving Thai massage. Nevertheless, it’s a deeply therapeutic form of massage, mostly focusing on joint functionality, increased range of motion and flexibility and relieving pain.
Lomi Lomi massage is part of traditional Hawaiian medicine that was kept between family members only. In the early 1970s, a few Hawaiian teachers began teaching Lomi Lomi to non-Hawaiians and it's popularity spread quickly.
Since Lomi Lomi was only passed down from family to famiy, quite a few styles of this technique exist. At Tan Jai Therapeutic Academy we focus on the Hawiian Temple style of bodywork.
Traditionally, lomi lomi has an important spiritual component, and practitioners begin by saying a prayer to themselves. This massage incorporates the Hawaiian concept of aloha, which means love, unification and breath, and promotes personal harmony. Even in modern practice, lomi lomi therapists are taught to focus on the massage with love and intention.
Many have been quoted as having said that the difference between Swedish massage and lomi lomi is "loving touch."
Hot Stone Massage
Hot Stone therapy has continued to be a popular treatment because it feels great is very relaxaing.
This traditional practice involves heating stones with consistently hot water, in order to trigger a physical relaxation and possibly a detoxifying effect.
Perfect for stress relief, this massage type does not solely consist in strategically placing stones on the body and leaving them there. The therapist can place them on certain “energetic points,” such as the spinal cord, the hands, the feet and even the toes to help prepare the body for massage. The energy of the basalt stones can trigger a feeling of rebirth.
Tok-Sen is an ancient Lanna-style massage technique that involves the use of a special wooden hammer to relax muscles in a rhythmically tapping motion. It could be use by its own or as a complement of other massage modalities
Tok means to hit and Sen refers to the energy pathways within the body. This therapy uses a mallet and a wedge made of wood to gently tap along the energy meridians in the body. It produces penetrating vibrations that resonate through the deep layers of tissue and bones. These vibrations relax stiff bodies and provide pain relief. It's a rhythmic massage that is administered with a combination of three (or five) consecutive taps and continuous movement along the sen lines to disperse energy
Benefits of Tok-Sen treatment
- provides pain relief
- improves blood circulation
- removes energy blockages
- helps with nerve problems
It's especially therapeutic for people with dense body types.
When: Saturday Feb 20th and Sunday Feb 21st 2021
Total: $350 includes tok sen set not available in Canada
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