Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Getting In Balance With Thai Massage

Massages are such a great way to relax and unwind. But they also offer many other benefits depending on the type of massage you receive. Swedish, deep-tissue and hot stone massages seem to be the most common on a spa's menu of services. But sometimes you can find other types of massage that are more unique and and fit your particular lifestyle and level of activity.

Qi Spa www.qispa.com in Georgetown is known for their Thai massage which fits very well with the spa's Asian name and philosophy. Qi is an ancient Chinese word for life force and energy in our body. When our Qi is in balance, we are relaxed and at our best. Thai massage is a very healing massage that can put you on a journey to better health for your mind and body. Bee is the massage therapist who practices this technique and explains how it works to BeautyInDC.com readers.

Q: Bee what type of training have you had as a massage therapist specializing in Thai massage?

A: My training has been in Thailand at the Wat Po Traditional Medical School ( Basic Thai massage ). In addition I took a Healing Thai massage course for the people who have had strokes. I was certified as a Thai Massage instructor from the Thai Traditional Medical Services Society in 2006 and took courses in Advanced Thai Medical massage therapy from The Wat Po Traditional Medical School in 2008.

Q: How does Thai massage differ from Swedish and other types of massage?

A: Thai massage is very different from other types of massage. It is done on a soft thick mat on the floor. The client is wearing loose fisherman pants and a loose top. It can be done with or without oil. I work on the body's pressure point and meridian line, stretching the whole body, similar to yoga.

Q: What are some of the benefits?

A: Blood circulation will be better making your body more flexible. Your body and mind will be balanced and muscle pain will be released. It improves bad posture from sitting too long and standing too long. People with cancer , diabetes and heart problems are recommended to see a doctor before getting the massage.

Q: What kind of feedback do you get from your clients?

A: After getting Thai massage for the first session most clients have some soreness from the massage but not everyone will be sore. It depends on the condition of clients. A few days after getting a Thai massage they will know that many things in the body have changed for the better than before getting Thai massage and they keep coming back to get a regular Thai massage once a month.

Q: How often should you get a Thai massage to optimize the benefits?

A: That depends on the condition of the client. For serious tension and a very tight body it's recommended to get a Thai massage weekly or a minimum of twice a month. Obviously you will benefit most by getting the massage regularly and at the very least should try to have monthly sessions of either 60 or 90 minutes.

Qi Spa
3106 M Street, NW

Washington, DC 20007



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