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A DEEPER LOOK AT THAI MASSAGE

Posted on August 4, 2019 at 2:35 PM Comments comments (8)
A DEEPER LOOK AT THAI MASSAGE

Thai Massage is relatively new to the United States.  Some still think Thai Massage means a "happy ending" massage or just something that's cheap because it's Asian.  Nothing could be further from the truth, though some businesses may be in this kind of business, a real Thai Massage is none of these things.   

Thai Massage, Thai Therapy,  Thai Yoga Massage, Nuad Phaen Boran, or Nuat Thai all mean the same thing and is becoming the most popular massage technique in America.  It's different from other types of massage in that no oil is used, the therapist uses a comfortable floor mat (versus a massage table), and the client remains clothed throughout the massage.

A floor mat is very important because Thai massage uses pressure point massage that goes much deeper than the hands alone.  We need to have full access to the body with our hands, elbows, arms, and even feet.  We also employ stretching using Yoga like stretches that require the therapist to manipulate the body with her body motions.   All of this is done with the client being dressed in their underclothes to permit comfortable movement.
  
Thai massage pressure point and stretching benefits those who are stiff, sore, and tired from over-exertion in work or sports, or from arthritis or other debilitating diseases. It enhances strength and flexibility, relaxes sore or tense muscles, and helps re-capture lost range of motion. It also encourages lymphatic function to detoxify the body, increase the immune system, and prevent disease and/or injury by promoting flexibility.

The origin of Thai massage is largely misunderstood. Based on recent research, it's now understood that Thai massage was created by the Thais people between 800 - 1200 AD.
They were "influenced" by multiple disciplines such as Theravada Buddhism, Ayurveda, Hatha Yoga, and Indigenous Practices of the native Tai people dating back several centuries.

At The Root of Wellness we take traditional Thai Massage to a new level.  First, all of our sessions include Thai therapy, but we also employ western techniques such as Sport Massage and Medical Massage so when you see the oil coming out, we are mixing it up, to increase circulation and move lymph fluids out for toxin removal. When we employ western styles, we will use what is best depending on the kind of pressure and the type of therapy will work best.

THE POWER OF ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY

Posted on August 4, 2019 at 12:03 PM Comments comments (3)
THE POWER OF ESSENTIAL OIL THERAPY

ESSENTIAL OIL ISN'T QUACK MEDICINE

In 2014 we spent over $374 BILLION dollars in healthcare.  On a per person basis that's 40% more than any other country and yet we are not getting any healthier.  Instead we are pumped up with non-steroid painkillers, antidepressants, blood pressure drugs, and weight loss prescriptions.  Our tissues are also loaded with pesticides, artificial hormones, petrochemicals, and antibiotics. We are undernourished and yet overfed.  We are the sickest generation in history while spending the most to be well. 

We are also oversold on the power and safety of the pharmaceutical industry.  If you read any of the contraindications of any FDA approved drug, you will be amazed at the danger they can pose.  In fact the lobbying power of the pharma industry is so powerful that the FDA bows down to them to repress the power and safety of natural healing approaches.  

Essentials Oil are a natural healing approach that has been scientifically evaluated time and again, but because it uses natural substances that cannot be patent protected, it is under the thumb of the FDA as being GRAS or Generally Recognized as Safe products but cannot ever become an FDA approved drug.  Don't be fooled, there is more to natural therapies than what meets the eye.  

A NATURAL YET COMPLEX SUBSTANCE

Essential Oils are today's natural miracle remedies, yet they have been around for centuries.  They have become a bit of a buzz lately as science has caught up with their true value.  There are hundreds maybe thousands of essential oil products today — all derived from organic materials from the plant world by extracting these substances from bark, sap, leaves, twigs, fruit, roots, and just about any part of a living plant where they may reside.  

They are complex blends of a variety of volatile molecules such as terpenoids, phenol-derived aromatic components, and aliphatic components.  Since the middle ages, essential oils have been widely used for bactericidal, virucidal, fungicidal, anti-parasitical, insecticidal, and other medicinal properties such as analgesic, sedative, anti-inflammatory, spasmolytic, and locally anesthetic remedies. 

Most essential oil is manufactured for food and fragrance industries and only focus on taste and smell.  These have no therapeutic value, in fact can even be harmful with contamination of other chemicals.  We never use low cost essential oil but only 100% pure therapeutic grade that is safe to use.  These promote restoration and provide balance for the bodies many complex systems.

PROVIDES SYSTEMIC PENETRATION

Essential Oil is pure and highly concentrated but it cannot be used at 100% concentration.  It needs to be diluted to levels that are safe and designed for a specific purpose.  We massage them into the skin and they naturally move into tissue and fascia. They are blended with our own Thai Sport formula of olive oil, jojoba, coconut, and safflower oil at 1%-3% concentration.  One can also inhale them as they are being used — known as aromatherapy.  Both are effective. Essential oil compounds are small, fat soluble molecules, able to permeate the membranes including the skin before being captured by the microcirculation and drained into the systemic circulation, which reaches all targets organs.  On occasion, one can feel and even taste the essential oil as it moves from the skin into systemic circulation.  Unlike the dangerous DMSO solvent, which affect the integrity of our outer layers of skin, Essential Oil is completely safe nor can it drag into the body any impurities.

WE FOCUS ON THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS 

We focus on essential oils that provide therapy for muscles, joints, and fascia.   We have developed a number of blended treatments designed to focus on specific results.  We also sell these for take home use.  Ask your therapist about them.  Our take home prices are usually half the price of Essential Oil massage products from Bed Bath & Beyond, and are they are designed for therapeutic purposes, not just a good smelling experience.


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