Akana Holistic Therapies | Thai Yoga Massage
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Thai Yoga Massage

I felt like I'd just had a workout at a gym! I slept like a log afterwards. I have to say I hadn't realised how different Thai massage is from Swedish. I enjoyed it and will have it again.

~ Gyles, Akana client

Thai Yoga MassageThai Massage is more energising and rigorous than most classic Western forms of massage. It is also called Thai Yoga Massage, because the therapist moves the client into a series of yoga-like stretches, like a ‘lazy yoga’. The client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. No oils are used.

Thai Massage is one of the four branches of Thai medicine (alongside herbal medicine, nutrition and spiritual practices) based on the theory that energy travels through the body along 72,000 pathways called Sen lines, originating at the navel and somewhat analogous to meridians or Channel in Chinese medicine or Indian Nadis. The therapist manipulates major Sen lines by pressing certain points along them. Yoga-like stretches are intended to stimulate the Sen and move the energy or life force through the body through a pumping action connected with the client’s breathing.

At Akana we practise Table Thai Massage, an adaptation of Thai Massage from the floor to the massage couch. It is a holistic treatment offering the added benefit of depth and stretching to those who carry tension, balancing breath and improving circulation. It is also ideal for clients who prefer to remain fully dressed, while enjoying a full-body treatment.

Having had a number of the different massages that Akana offers, I highly recommend every single one of them. Thai Herb is my personal favourite. Astrid is very professional and extremely good at making her clients feel at ease. My only ‘complaint’ would be that I’m so relaxed that it is hard to leave the couch once the massage is over!

~ Miriam, Akana client

Thai Herb Compress MassageHerbal healing is deeply rooted in Thai culture, dating back to ancient times when it was the secret healing technique of Buddhist monks, local herbal healers and midwives, and has been passed down from generation to generation. It is one of the branches of Thai medicine, alongside massage, nutrition and spiritual practices.

Thai herbal compresses (herbal poultices) are used in combination with traditional Thai massage. The body is stretched before application of the compresses. The compresses contain a collection of medicinal aromatic herbs traditionally grown in Thailand. They are ground and wrapped tightly into a natural porous cloth, usually unbleached cotton or muslin. A herbal compress typically includes: ginger, turmeric, zedoaria, lemongrass, jewel vine, Indian sarsaparilla, Kurtz leaves, Screw palm, Kaffir lime, Tamarind, Acacia, Orchid tree leaf, pummelo, Kaffir lime, myrtle, camphor, citronella, galangalal and thyme extract. They bring together a blend of effects, such as: circulatory stimulation, anti-inflammatory, antispasmodic for muscles, digestion and nerves, diuretic, skin toning, emotionally uplifting, bruise healing, antiseptic, bactericidal, respiratory decongestant.

Before application, the compresses are steamed to stimulate the herbs, then pressed or rolled on the body. The herbs are absorbed through the skin and facilitate release of energy blockages along the Thai energy lines (Sen lines) of the body.

A herb compress treatment relaxes aching muscles, eases respiration through the use of aromatic camphor and reduces tension through the heat and aromatic properties of the herbs. The detoxifying properties of the herbs help drain waste from the body and can reduce general fatigue. The treatment brings about a deep sensation of comfort and warmth, whilst stimulating the body to heal itself.