Through taking a 250 hour long teacher training yoga course last year, I learned about and wanted to try thai massage. I finally got a chance to have this unique treatment which combines yoga posses with gentle stretching and massage. Thai massage is often referred to as the lazy man's yoga. I discovered that it takes some skill and some level of physical dexterity for the therapist to perform this type of massage. By the end of my session, the therapist was physically exerted.
I started simply lying on my back resting. For this kind of massage you are wearing loose fitness attire and lying on a raised mat on the floor. I could smell the sage which was burned to cleanse the air. My legs were massaged up the zen lines and I was then placed into this tree pose (above).
Eri was the therapist. She quickly positioned me into many posses that focused on flexibility of different areas of the body. Some positions were exactly like yoga however, my body was also pulled and pushed and pressed into different positions.
The hour and a half treatment rapped up with a head massage with essential oils. It left me feeling stretched out and relaxed. I was given a glass of water after my treatment and it was suggested to me that my muscles can be further relaxed by taking a warm bath and by drinking more water. The treatment was $63.00 with tax. I can see how someone could get addicted to this type of treatment! You can contact The Institute of Aromatherapy at (416) 698-5850 to arrange your appointment.
Just a reminder that spa week is next week. Please see our earlier post for details.