(Photo Credit: Wanda Koch)
This is a picture of my friend Ashley and I. We have been friends for years, and we teach workshops together all the time. I finally got a chance to see a different (and amazing) side to her yesterday when she gave me my first Thai massage.
Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems. Thai massage is both deeply relaxing and energizing. Ashely described it as, “having yoga done to you.”
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Ashley used her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move me into a series of yoga-like stretches.
Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing. She also did some reflexology at the end of the session on my feet.
Ashley came to my house, which was really convenient. . Thai massage takes place on a futon mat on the floor, (which she brought)and you wear loose-fitting clothing. I started on my back, and Ashley used gentle compression and stretching techniques to open up my body, beginning with my legs.
Then I went into a side-lying position so she could get into my lower back, glutes, and hips. It was really relaxing being pushed into various positions without any work on my part. She also gave me an eye pillow that smelled heavenly! (they are filled with organic flaxseeds and lavender essential oil)
Thai massage has the following benefits:
- reduces stress
- improves circulation
- increases energy
- increases flexibility
- improves range of motion
- centers the mind and body
I felt amazing after mine, and I can’t think of a better Valentine’s Day gift for a loved one! (Even yourself…love yourself enough to give yourself this awesome gift!)
Check out Ashley’s website here: Om Massage and Yoga
Gift cards are available– and for the month of February mention “itsapleasantlife” and you get 10% off!
I am also giving away an iPad. (or an eye pillow…same thing, right?) These are so wonderful… you can use them hot or cold.
Rules to win this eye pillow:
1. Leave a comment below sharing how you would you use it.
2. Like and share: It’sAPleasantLife FB page.
3. Like and share: OmMassageNC FB page.
I will announce the winner on Sunday February 16th!