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What is it like getting a Thai Massage?

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David A. Chernati, L.M.T.
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I am a Nuad Thai (Northern Style) Massage instructor and practitioner living in Tucson, AZ.

Nuad Thai is heavily influenced by both Yoga and Traditional Chinese Medicine due to Thailands proximity to India and China. The Northern (Chiang Mai) Style is slower with a deep focus on stretching. Yoga from India has a greater influence. The Southern (Bangkok) Style utilizes more pressure and pressure points with less focus on stretching. TCM and acupressure from China has a. greater influence.

Traditionally, Nuad Thai is a fully-clothed massage, practiced on a mat, with focus on yoga-like stretches and acupressure. One unique quality of this Healing Art is the rhythm (1 - 2 - 3 - 2 - 1 / soft - medium - soft / in - out - in). The rhythm refers to both placement of a limb and the pressure applied. Before and after using direct pressure, the area is relaxed with soft pressure or broad strokes. The same principle is applied when working "SenEnergy Lines."

Similar to TCM, Nuad Thai is considered "energy work" and thus ailments are caused by blockages along energy pathways called "Sen Energy Lines," similar to Chinese Meridians.

If you would like more information, you can view the blog on my website or contact me for more details, www.chernatiyogamassage.com.

Alice Diamond/Diamond Fitness

I do Thai Massage at my studio in Niwot, CO. Using a ceiling mount is not actually a traditional method although it's certainly great. I don't use one but I do use the weight of my body to apply pressure through my hands in what's called 'palming' and 'thumbing'. I also use my feet, forearms, elbows and knees to apply pressure. Thai Massage typically also includes many stretches and the receiver gets to relax completely while he/she is moved around. The massage is done on a comfortable floor mat and typically lasts 90 minutes to 2 hours. It is indeed great for muscle bound athletes but is really great for everyone. The practitioner should be able to modulate his/her pressure for the individual's needs. It's as much energetic work as it is physical. I hope this helps! If you are in my area, I am running a Thai Massage Special at my studio through August, so give me a call!

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