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My Massage therapist closed the doors....<br><br>
So, I tried a "Thai Massage" <img alt="surprised.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/surprised.gif"><br><br>
I am not quite sure if it helped...<br>
Anyone have experience with Thai Massage? <img alt="confused.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/confused.gif"><br><br>
Did it do any good?<br><br>
Any massage advice....?<br><br><br>
Tim,<br>
Ardmore, OK.
 

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What's the difference between a Thai massage and a "regular" massage? I'm not crazy about the fancy ones where they use warm rocks, etc. I like the hands on approach with extra attention to calves & feet.<br><br>
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The best way I can explain it..it is "assisted" yoga including pressure points.<br><br>
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Is that where they roll you in a ball and press, then arch your back and crack it , and later jab their sharp little elbows in your spine? Nope, never had one. <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif"> I'm too askeered!!
 

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Well...I may try another one today...we shall see...<br><br>
Here is a link for more details...<br><br><a href="http://altmedicine.about.com/b/2006/12/05/thai-massage-photo-gallery.htm" target="_blank">Thai Massage</a><br><br>
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Tim,<br>
Never tried it but I have a friend who loves it.
 

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Hi Tim,<br><br>
I've got some experience with Thai massage, both receiving and learning to give it. You said in your first post that you're not sure if it helped. Helped in what way? What were you looking for the massage to do for you?<br><br>
As you said, Thai massage is like assisted yoga. There's tons of energetics going on with yoga, outside of the physical experience. Thai massage is then more related to a bodywork session, you know, all that stuff with crystals that get all those eyerolls...<br><br>
So yeah, your attitude going into the massage will have an effect on what you get out of it, just like in any yoga class you might attend. It can be very therapeutic, physically and otherwise, but personally, I wouldn't go for a Thai massage when I'm looking for purely physical therapeutics, like ovely sore and tight muscles. Make any sense?<br><br>
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wa5, I am a massage junky and have been for years. My massuese was being trained in Thai yoga and needed some guinea pigs to get certified. Being the trooper I am I volunteered. I did not find much benefit from one, but as time wore on I felt better and better after each one. The assisted stretching pushed me much farther than I would have done on my own. I would leave sessions feeling totally invigorated. The only problem was I seemed to need at least a 1 3/4 hour Thai session to be beneficial, which is more expensive. So now I alternate between both deep tissue and Thai. So many therapies, so little time....... It also helps if the therapist is hot.<img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">
 

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Esther...Well......I was looking for some assisted stretches and relief from very sore and tight calf and hamstrings....Since I had never had a Thai massage...it was an experiment...<br><br>
So I suppose I wasn't in the "crystal's" type mind set...<img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br><br>
And yes...Willdebeest.....the stretches seemed like they could help over time...<br><br>
I also thought about alternating....the other therapist does a more physical type massage...so I tried it today...<br><br>
My right hamstring is chronically tight, especially after tempo and interval workouts...<br><br>
Tim,<br>
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Well, then I'd go with a sports massage type of treatment then, preferably from someone specifically trained in therapeutics, rather than just Thai. I've had spasming and chronically tight muscles as well, psoas mostly, and the Thai practitioner wasn't able to help me. Actually, my own yoga practice is what ended up helping me the most, when I learned how to properly align all the muscles in order to stretch them. Can't stretch a muscle if it's twisted or torqued, which I found out the hard way with my own hamstrings (ouch!).<br><br>
Good luck, and I hope you find relief!<br><br>
Esther
 
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