Boulder Thai Massage for Athletes
Increasingly, sports professionals and athletes are seeking ways to complement their existing conditioning program. One form of bodywork to consider is Thai massage,
sometimes referred to as “Thai Yoga massage.” Performed on a mat with the client clothed, there is an increased openness derived from the physical sense of the body feeling lengthened and broadened.
The techniques involve stretching, holding and leaning the therapist’s body weight into various parts of the client’s body to improve blood circulation, flexibility and posture. By utilizing feet, elbows, forearms, and knees, the therapist broadens the effects of “hands-on massage”, creating a sensation that a therapeutic dance is underway. An incredible physical opening often occurs leaving the recipient rejuvenated with an enhanced range-of-motion.
There is also a core serenity that accompanies this massage modality. Everyone benefits from the subtleties underlying the physical aspects of improved well being. Along with a body that has become lengthened, broadened, and more open with the dynamic moves are the peace and serenity associated with relaxation massage.
Athletes may choose to add Thai massage as pre-event bodywork, essentially reducing anxiety while being properly stretched through the assisted movements. As post-event bodywork the Thai massage session could be enhanced with a special Thai herbal compress, that helps relieve muscular aches and strain. With relaxing properties from twenty different herbs, the steamed massage compress can stretch ligaments and reduce muscular soreness and joint stiffness.
The client should be prepared for a therapeutic Thai massage session by wearing (or bringing to the session) loose-fitting cotton shirt and pants. This is apparel that is customary in the practice of yoga, as the body is free to expand and stretch without restriction. You may choose to be barefoot for optimum contact or retain your socks for added comfort.