What is thai massage?
Thai massage or "Thai yoga massage" is a traditional healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. Thai Massage is an ancient therapy that has been practiced in Thailand for thousands of years. It is believed that Thai Massage was developed more than 2500 years ago by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha (Shivago Kompara ) a doctor to the Buddha who had tremendous knowledge of medicine. Shivago is believed by most Thai healers to be the inventor of Thai traditional medicine. He is also referred to as the ‘Father Doctor” and the Thai healer practice the ethics of giving thanks to the Father Doctor before and after massage.
When the expansion of Buddhism moved from northern India into southeast Asia, word of the healing art of Thai massage spread out with it, first to the southern region of India, then to Sri Lanka and finally onto Thailand and Burma (now called Myanmar). The massage technique was an integral part of the Buddhist religion, and though Buddhism itself took four centuries to reach Thailand, the method of massage quickly gained popularity among the Thai people. Thai massage is, in fact, so closely associated to Buddhism that traditionally practitioners must say a prayer in Pali, the ancient sacred language of Theravada Buddhism, to Thai massage’s credited creator before they start working each day. Though there’s debate as to who created Thai massage, a monk named Komparaj, who was a personal physician to Buddha, is widely accepted as the first person to develop the technique. Interestingly enough, the massage originally was created as a healing art and primarily performed for curative purposes rather than simply for relaxation.
It is also important to mention that the origins of the massage’s technique received a great deal of influence from both ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. Due to its strategic location between India and China, Thailand witnessed a continuous flow of people, ideas and traditional medicine from both countries and was influenced in many ways by each of them. For example, anyone with knowledge of yoga easily can see the influence and similarity of its movements with those of Thai massage.
What do I wear?
In Thai tradition, the spa provides you comfortable clothing to wear during each session.
Thai Massage and compress treatments: When you enter the treatment room, you'll find a soft cotton back-snapped closure shirt and Thai fisherman's pants neatly folded and waiting for you. This will keep the herbal oil and compresses from staining your clothing. If you prefer wearing your own clothing, we recommend that you arrive in loose fitting stretchy clothes.
Herbal Steam Tent: Towel, disposable undergarments and protective hair cap will be provided.
Should I tell my practitioner about any medical conditions, medications, or allergies?
ALWAYS! This is very important! Based on your treatment needs, therapists use a combination of oils and herbs customized for you.
Where do I keep my belongings?
Your belongings stay in the treatment room with you at all times.
What should I expect at my Thai massage session?
First time recipients of the massage react differently; some find the pressing techniques - particularly those done with the thumb - a little uncomfortable; others are shocked at the degree of stretching their stiff body can achieve. Almost all feel relaxed, refreshed and much more flexible afterwards, and those who have regular Thai massage come to enjoy the deep pressure techniques and spectacular manipulations.
How does Thai massage compare to Western massages?
Thai massage has been practiced for over 2500 years. Traditional Thai massage is always performed on a comfortable floor mat to provide for maximum mobility that allows the practitioner to utilize their body weight. You are fully clothed and no oils are required; however, One Thai Spa Little Rock does incorporate herbal oils into Thai massage.
Thai massage uses trigger point pressure to open energy lines or "sens" in the body as diagramed throughout Asian culture. The energy work is combined with stretching techniques to open the guest's body creating a relaxing and simultaneously invigorating experience. A Thai massage practitioner may utilize their hands, elbows, knees, or feet throughout the massage. Western massage mainly focuses on kneading of muscular tissue through compression and various hand movements. Thai massage always performs work on the entire body addressing the guest's overall wellbeing to help the body function at its highest levels.
Western style massages require the guest to undress for oils to be applied to the body and the massage is most often performed on a table. Western massage will typically focus on a specific area of the body where the guest has a given concern.
What is Onethaissage©
Onethaissage© is a theraputic practice designed by Oravee Williams. Onethaissage™ is a brilliant fusion of Cha-Loi-Sak, Assisted Yoga, Tok Sen, herbal compression treatment (optional), Thai herbal oil and Thai body work. OneThaissage© combines Eastern practices of acupressure and trigger point therapy, Rusie Dutton body movement, and internal and external herbal therapies with Western practices of anatomy, kinesiology and physiology. OneThaissage© improves mobility, posture, well being and provides natural pain relief.
What is Myofascial Release?
Myofascial Release is a safe and very effective hands-on technique that involves applying gentle sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue restrictions to eliminate pain and restore motion. This essential “time element” has to do with the viscous flow and the piezoelectric phenomenon: a low load (gentle pressure) applied slowly will allow a viscoelastic medium (fascia) to elongate.
Trauma, inflammatory responses, and/or surgical procedures create Myofascial restrictions that can produce tensile pressures of approximately 2,000 pounds per square inch on pain sensitive structures that do not show up in many of the standard tests (x-rays, myelograms, CAT scans, electromyography, etc.)
The use of Myofascial Release allows us to look at each patient as a unique individual. Our one-on-one therapy sessions are hands-on treatments during which our therapists use a multitude of Myofascial Release techniques and movement therapy. We promote independence through education in proper body mechanics and movement, self treatment instruction, enhancement of strength, improved flexibility, and postural and movement awareness. Hands-On TreatmentEach Myofascial Release Treatment session is performed directly on skin without oils, creams or machinery. This enables the therapist to accurately detect fascial restrictions and apply the appropriate amount of sustained pressure to facilitate release of the fascia.
Can my massage treatments be customized to fit my needs?
Yes! Your therapist will discuss your needs, trouble areas, allergies and treatment level with you before your session. Your therapist will make recommendations and suggestions that pertain specifically to you and your well-being.
How can I schedule/reschedule or cancel my reservation?
We are by an Appointment Only Spa, In order to ensure that you obtain your desired appointments, we recommend scheduling your appointment as far in advance as possible to ensure availability. To accommodate your desired appointment a credit card is required at the time of booking to guarantee your reservation. (You will not be charged till you come in)
We ask that you notify us at least 24 hours in advance if you need to change or cancel your service by call or text , Gift card must be present while come in for the services, Less than 24 hours cancellations or No Show will be charged in full scheduled of service price paid within 24 hours. (gift certificate same policy)
What happens if I show up late for my appointment?
We understand that life can get in the way which may cause you to be late for your scheduled appointment; if this is the case please call us as soon as possible to notify us of the delay. If you arrive late for your appointment, we will do its best to accommodate your session. This may result in a shorter version of your scheduled service in order to give the next scheduled on-time client their full service.
Should I tip?
Leaving gratuities is appropriate for work well done. Most tips range from 15%-20% of the regular price of the service provided. For your convenience, tips can be taken care of either directly you’re your practitioner or during check out. Tips may also be given in cash or Visa or MasterCard.