Sorry to hear about your neck... neck pain is the WORST!! Every time you forget that your neck hurts and suddenly turn your head to look at something.... anyway....
I've been working with Thai massage for a few years now and I haven't found any other treatment to be as effective as it is. Here's some info.. if you have any questions feel free to PM me.
What is Thai Massage?
Traditional Thai Massage has been practised in its current form for more than
1000 years. It is a member of the whole family of Oriental Bodywork. Other
members of this family include Shiatsu, Ki Massage, Ayurvedic Massage and
Tui Na Chinese Massage.
The influence of Yoga is also apparent as the recipient is often stretched in
traditional Yoga stances. Thai Massage is often referred to as yoga for lazy
The words flowing and rhythmic exactly describe the essence of Thai
Massage, with its sequence of unhurried presses, stretches and twists. Nuances
of tempo and pressure seem endless and one technique dissolves into another
with total smoothness and harmony.
Thai Massage is performed on a floor mat, rather than on a raised table. Mat
work allows for maximum effective use of the practitioners balanced body
weight, rather than the mere muscular force used in other types of massage.
Thai Massage is not a quickie toning of the muscles and loosening of the joints.
It is a comprehensive, whole body massage which benefits nearly all parts of the
Therapeutic Benefits of Thai Massage
The three main components of Thai Massage are palm presses, pressure points
along the Sen (energy lines of the body) and stretching.
Palm pressures release the tension in the myofascia (outer layer) of the muscle,
breaking down built-up fibrotic tissues and stimulating the production of new
elastic fibres, which increases the overall flexibility of the muscle.
Pressure points along the Sen promote healthy energy and blood circulation.
Finally, the stretching component of the massage opens the body up and has
the effect of both relaxing and energizing. The stretching movements affect the
entire body. They increase flexibility, and release tension at all levels. The
stretching movements complement the working of energy lines and pressure
points so that together, Thai Massage becomes a superior, whole body
Regular Thai Massage treatments comprehensively restore balance within and
between functional groups of muscles to ease pain, increase flexibility and
Who can benefit from Thai Massage?
Just about anyone!
Anyone who is physically very active.
Sustained application of pressure allows the muscles to soften while
progressive stretches help re-establish flexibility. Joint rotations increase
their range of motion.
People in professions of high stress: stock brokers, attorneys, doctors,
The sustained application of pressure relaxes the sympathetic nervous
system helping to bring the circulation of energy back into balance.
People who have difficulty exercising or don?t exercise on their own.
Thai massage can be considered a form of assisted yoga. By helping the
client to stretch, muscle flexibility is regained and range of joint motion
increased. The circulation of energy is also enhanced.