Do you stand on your feet all day at work? Do you tend to carry a lot of tension in your neck and shoulders? Are you a training runner or athlete? Or, do you just feel like treating your feet to a nice hour-long massage?
If you answered yes to any of these, read on!
I absolutely LOVE this treatment! I love giving it. I love receiving it. I believe in it.
Before I go on about all the things I love about this session and how it may benefit you, let me catch you up on the history of this ancient healing foot remedy.
Thai Foot Reflexology, also known as Thai Foot Massage, is an incredibly relaxing yet invigorating treatment of the feet. This Thai treatment is a delightful blend of the ancient healing arts known as reflexology, Chinese Tuina, Japanese Shiatsu and Indian Ayurvedic Yoga. Working with the feet, lower leg and knees, this 2000 year old, highly reputed massage modality frees up blocked energy within the body’s many sen lines (Thai- based meridians) to produce a deep and unique feeling of balance, relaxation and wellbeing.
Reflexology is based on the theory that there are reflexes on the feet and hands that correspond to every organ, gland, and part of the body, and that specific manipulation of these reflexes has a positive effect on those corresponding parts of the body. That’s one thing that makes this type of massage so neat! How awesome it is to have your feet worked while clearing your sinuses at the same time?! In addition to the fun reflex points and energy lines, this offers all the crucial massage and stretching to help rejuvenate your tired soles. Our feet carry us everywhere we go. Our ankle joints provide stabilization for our whole body. The muscles and tendons of the feet, legs, and ankles are hardly given the attention that they deserve. When treated with a Thai Foot Massage, we are increasing flexibility of the feet and joints while also increasing the circulation of the feet and the legs.
When a client says that they have tired feet, I suggest this. If they tell me that they have a painful condition of the feet, I suggest this. AND, when a new client says, “I just want to relax”, this is what I suggest first, before Swedish massage or any other treatment. This session is designed to be incredibly relaxing and therapeutic at the same time. Though it is an hour spent on the feet, this a full body experience.
I typically offer this session on a comfortable Thai Massage mat on the floor. The client wears loose, comfortable clothing, with pants that are easily rolled up to knees and give way for stretching. I start by warming up the feet with an aromatic compress and apply a special Thai balm made with shea butter. I’ll then use various massage techniques, stretching, and point work with both my hands as well as a traditional Thai wooden stick. The Thai stick is a smooth tool and is applied on specific acupressure points to stimulate organ reflex points to the soles of the feet.
You will leave feeling relaxed, energized, and invigorated!