$100 for an Hour and a Half session
$130 for a Two Hour session
Thai Yoga Bodywork with Allie Bourgeois -Certified Therapist
Movement and Massage Makes for a Unique Experience
A slow dance--that's how many have described the ancient work known as Thai Yoga Bodywork , a modality that incorporates the tenets of yoga with massage and mindfulness. Accessible for just about everyone, Thai Yoga Bodywork relies on the partnership between client and practitioner to facilitate therapeutic movement.
Developed more than 2,000 years ago in Thailand, Thai massage remains a popular technique that incorporates aspects of yoga, acupressure, energy balancing, and massage. Considered one of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine (which also included herbal practice, nutrition, and spiritual meditation), Thai massage was originally passed from teacher to teacher within the Buddhist temples, while Thai families used it as a healing folk art. Unfortunately, much of the history of Thai massage was lost during the Burmese invasion of Thailand in 1767, although some of the traditions remain inscribed on the stone walls of the Wat Pho monastery in Bangkok. Today, Thai massage continues to be a mainstay in Thai medicine, while quickly gaining a new audience in the Western world.
What is Thai Yoga Bodywork?
Also known as yoga massage, assisted yoga, ancient massage, and assorted other names like "Yoga for lazy people" .Thai Yoga Bodywork respects the body's limits, while encouraging clients to reach their edge of flexibility, but never beyond. Thai Yoga Bodywork incorporates acupressure, massage, and passive-assisted stretching, where therapists help clients move into their stretch. The work is purposely slow as the therapist guides clients through the movements, being ever mindful of their physical limitations. Some say the combination of movements and focused awareness during a Thai Yoga Bodywork session creates what looks like a slow, flowing dance between practitioner and client.
Thai Yoga Bodywork is based on an energetic paradigm of the human body and mind. In this tradition, energy is thought to travel on pathways, called sen, throughout the body. The specific points of energy along those pathways are called nadis. Through movement and massage components, the goal in Thai Yoga Bodywork is to ensure energy is flowing freely along these pathways as a means for wellness.
Unlike traditional massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork is performed on a soft floor mat. Clients are clothed in Yoga clothes or in loose, comfortable attire suitable for the deep stretching that will be part of the session. This interactive form of bodywork can utilize tai chi, rocking and rhythmic motion, massage, and assisted stretching. Don't be surprised if practitioners use their hands, feet, knees, elbows, and legs to facilitate the process, pillows and bolsters may also be used for better client support. No oil is used during these sessions, however essential oils are often incorporated to enhance the experience.
Exploring the benefits of Thai Yoga Bodywork
As with traditional massage, Thai Yoga Bodywork offers numerous benefits:
- Deep relaxation.
- Quieting of the mind.
- Heightened energy levels.
- Improved circulation.
- Improved lymphatic flow.
- Improved range of motion.
- Increased flexibility.
- Rejuvenated body and mind.
- Relief for pain and muscle tension.
- Enhanced body-mind connection.
-Letting go of held emotions in the body
Experts say there is an interesting dichotomy that exists within Thai Yoga Bodywork, as it both relaxes and rejuvenates. After a session, some Thai Yoga Bodywork clients report feeling awakened and energized, while simultaneously feeling deeply grounded and at peace.
The Yoga Component
Recipients of Thai Yoga Bodywork can also capture the well-established benefits of yoga without actually doing yoga. As the practitioner gently moves clients into yoga-like poses, tight joints are opened, energy flows freely, and breathing is enhanced. A meditative state becomes part of the process, as both client and practitioner focus on breath and intention.
Through the assisted stretches, clients' muscles become less prone to injury, their joints have a greater range of motion, and their whole body enjoys greater flexibility. In addition to its acceptance among nurses, massage therapists, bodyworkers, and physical therapists, many yoga enthusiasts are finding that Thai Yoga Bodywork adds a whole new dimension to their practice.
Conversely, if you're wanting to explore yoga but may be intimidated or not sure where to begin,Thai Yoga Bodywork is a great introduction. It can give you a sense of how yoga works with the body, how it's practiced, and how the body will respond. Your practitioner may also be able to recommend yoga classes suited for your needs.
Communication is Key
As with any form of massage or bodywork, it's paramount that Thai Yoga Bodywork clients communicate with their therapists throughout the session. Is the massage pressure too deep? Does the stretch no longer feel good? Is the room too hot? Be sure to let the therapist know if something is not quite right so he or she can deliver the best, most therapeutic work possible and you can experience the full benefits of your Thai Yoga Bodywork session.
Young or old, healthy or frail, Thai Yoga Bodywork offers something for everyone. Whether you're a weekend warrior needing to work out the aches and pains of excess, or a retiree needing to awaken and invigorate an aging body through movement and stretching, the therapeutic nature of Thai Yoga Bodywork can address your needs.
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"Allie’s Thai Yoga Massage is truly amazing, and I believe this practice will help me become pain free! In her gentle and loving way, Allie is able to use her body in harmony with mine in order to release tight muscles and provide greater flexibility. I am thrilled that she’s offering this practice."
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"Allie is one of my favorite yoga teachers. Her Thai Yoga Massage is a unique and effective massage. I love how she uses her body to push mine into deeper stretches allowing me to experience better flexibility. It is another level of yoga that releases muscle tension, stretches my whole body and leaves me feeling quite peaceful. I think it will be a great practice to keep me more flexible and injury free."
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Can Reiki Help You?
We are all looking for solutions for what hurts us, for our specific pain, whether it is life circumstances or symptoms and medical problems. And it doesn’t help that we often suffer from not just one, but many problems, which may or may not seem related, causing us to feel frustrated, depleted, overwhelmed, without hope.
And you wonder, Can Reiki healing help me?
It all starts with feeling better
Yes, Reiki healing can help you, and here’s why.
Even if we can’t solve all your problems with a magic wand (or hand) — and we cannot — wouldn’t it help you to simply feel better?
Feeling better means you think clearly, recognize priorities, feel motivated to do what you can do — and let go of the rest. (Or as the Reiki Precepts advise: Today only.)
We often devalue feeling better, as if it were an optional luxury. But feeling better is where healing begins. The first, most important step in healing is simply feeling better.
When you feel better, you understand that your actions matter, and you make choices to protect your well-being. Feeling better is the domino that starts a chain of healing events and behaviors.
Addressing isolated symptoms is not enough to help you feel better, and pharmaceutical approaches to symptoms and conditions can actually make you feel worse, even when they are helping.
To feel better, you need to step back from the details and bring balance to your overall system.
Reiki healing is balancing
Reiki healing quickly returns you to your natural state, or at least gets your body moving in the right direction.
That means your breathing, heart rate and blood pressure improve (studies document that). An opening of the breath is a common first response to Reiki practice, whether self-practice or treatment received from someone else. Yogis have known for the millenia that when we breath better, our minds naturally settle. Science supports that.
The improvements in respiration, heart rate and blood pressure indicate your body is moving into parasympathetic nervous system (PNS) dominance. That’s a good thing; your body was made to function primarily in the composed PNS state, also known as the rest/digest phase, the counterpart to the sympathetic nervous system (SNS) fight/flight phase.
Why balance matters
Rest/digest doesn’t mean you have to stop being active and productive.
Yes, you will sleep better and digest better — functions critical to maintaining health. But when you’re not sleeping or digesting, you can be active and productive without being stressed.
Under PNS dominance, your body functions optimally, and at a sustainable pace, so you can avoid exhaustion and burnout. It’s like working for a benevolent boss who brings out the best in you and trusts you to take breaks as needed.
Most of us are reacting to a very different, and rather nasty inner boss, one who tells us to run life’s marathon at a sprinter’s pace. We’re smart enough to know that doesn’t make any sense, and informed enough to know it is actually harmful, yet we don’t stop.
In fact, we don’t know how to stop.
We spend so much time in stress-reactive SNS mode that our bodies literally forget how to switch gears and return to balance. Meanwhile, the damage piles up. We may choose healthful food, but we don’t digest it well enough to get the nourishment our cells crave. We fall into bed exhausted, but don’t get the deeply restorative sleep our bodies and minds so desperately need.
And we wonder why we’re not as happy and healthy as we want to be, why we lack a sense of meaning. Enter Reiki practice.
Helping the body remember to heal
Through a mechanism science does not yet understand, Reiki practice reminds our bodies how to shift into PNS self-healing mode. That’s very good news for anyone, no matter what challenges you face.
Because no matter what you have to deal with — even a health condition that is deemed irreversible — keeping your body balanced helps you feel better and function better, which in turn keeps you feeling better. It’s a positive feedback loop.
Of course we can never promise specific results in a rigid time frame — balance requires different self-adjustment for different people at different times — but it all starts with breathing, sleeping, and digesting better (medical science tells us that 70% of our immune system is in our digestive tract).
Here are the most common benefits -
Improved focus and memory
Improvement in depressive symptoms
Reduced side effects from medications and medical procedures
Faster recovery from injuries and surgery
Enhanced resilience to stress
Improved self esteem
Greater social ease and satisfaction
Greater sense of meaning.
Reiki healing improves your health care
Additionally, many people wanting to reduce medications of various kinds were able to do so, under the supervision of their doctors.
Some of the people who felt improvement with Reiki practice also become aware of other avenues of help that improved the situation further.
If you seem stuck in the diagnostic phase, Reiki practice can help by clarifying the situation, so needed medical treatment can begin sooner.
When medical treatment is arduous and has side effects, Reiki practice helps your body recover balance, softening the discomfort and supporting the even, hopeful state of mind that helps you complete your protocols.
Whatever your medical challenge, Reiki practice can help you, and that help may make the difference in how much your medical care is able to help you.
Reiki may not be all that is needed, but it is a good place to start.