I recently made a move to an adorable office above Diane Rose Jewelry on Stadium. My room has 3 windows, a ton of storage, a tiny nook for my desk, and a ton of plants 🥰. I share the upstairs currently with another super LMT and we share the bathroom so not a whole lot of traffic. Its super quiet with the exception of the occasional siren.
If you have not been to see me since Covid I aquired an extra wide table so I needed the larger room. I no longer do Thai massage on the floor mat as I can do everything on a large table. this is some thing I have been looking forward to for many many years. The table has a full warmer on it as well for maximum coziness.
Some new perks I am starting to integrate into each massage are
Hot towels: during the swedish styles and foot massage these are added to the feet and back.
Thai herbal balm: this is my favorite balm i get shipped over from Thailand. It smells amazing.
Essential oils: The list of oils is too long but I have all of the most commonly requested ones. These can be diffused, used singly in an oil or cream, or make a blend of a couple.
Your choice of Oil or Cream for the massage.
Your choice of music or soundscape: You like waterfalls or raindrops, Metallica or Enya, Spa or Yoga music? I will play almost anything. I draw the line at music that sounds too much like funeral music. It is your session. I have spotify and can download anything.
And last but not least add an additional 12 minutes of rest, awakening, and dressing once the massage is finished. I will leave the room to wash my hands and update your chart. I will set a gentle chime at 7 minutes as a notice to start coming back to earth. At the 12 minute mark another chime will sound and I will then knock on the door if you have yet to open.
All of these changes will be complimentary and going into effect fully the week of February 13th.
We are wanting to hold a Partner Thai Massage class over the Sweetest Day holiday weekend oct 18th. This class requires 2 people.
I would like to get an idea of when the best time to have the class would be.
There is an away game on Saturday and right now the time is TBD so keep that in mind when asking the person you would like to bring.
Unfortunately the time may not be announced till after I have already scheduled the class cause who knows when they will announce it.
This class is a 2 hour long class where we learn easy Thai Poses, Massage Techniques, and Compressions you will watch the instructor perform and switch partners. Each person will give for an hour. I will send home a small manual of the ones we did so you can do them at home.
You can bring anyone to the class. Does not have to be romantic partners at all.
The poll is below. I am hoping to get the class scheduled this week. The class will be $25 per couple and held at The Mix Studio
Thank you for taking the poll
With the addition of the extended hours I have also added shorter stretch sessions.
30 Minutes of stretching targeting areas of your body that are bothering you. This session is all hands on stretching and compression. No use of oils or machinery that you could do on your own at home.
With the extended hours you are able to get in and out before or after work. My office is centrally located and on the way to University of Michigan Medicine, Sports complexes, and Central Campus.
Free and abundant on-site parking.
Licensed Massage Therapist and Certified in Stretching. 10 years of assisted stretch experience.
In terms of abdominal massage and it’s benefits, the easiest benefit to explain would be the muscular benefit.
As I mentioned in a previous post there are many muscles in the abdomen and it only seems logical to have them massaged as well during a visit to your Massage Therapist or Bodyworker.
Unfortunately as I also stated in a previous post the abdomen can be an area that Mt’s or bodyworkers tend to stay away from. For a couple reasons. #1 they are uneducated and lack experience. #2 their spa will not allow it. #3 they had a bad experience where a client was uncomfortable with it. #4 they fear it because of the draping involved on the part of the female client.
All of the above I will touch on in further post where referencing them applies.
So let me get back to what I was saying. Why leave out the belly in your self care sessions? If your low back hurts, there is a chance the muscles in your belly could be to blame. Chances are though you have no choice to leave out the belly because of the above reasons #1-4. Well, in the next few posts I am hoping you will realize after reading all the benefits that finding an MT or bodyworker who has worked through #1-4 above and will offer belly work.
The Obliques, Rectus Abdominis, The Diaphragm, and the Psoas muscle which is accessed by the belly are a couple of muscles and groups of muscles that can be massaged during an abdominal session. Your belly muscles can tighten up just as easily as any other muscle group in your body. These muscles tightening up can be caused my sitting long periods, fetal position during sleep, lifting heavy objects, or stress and tension. Once they have tightened up they can cause a myriad of issues from pain, gastro issues, difficulty breathing, and reproductive issues.
Tomorrow I will discuss the organs in the belly and how massage affects them.
The technique of abdominal massage I offer is different than what is commonly taught in schools in Thailand. I learned from my teacher Ann who is a 3rd generation healer from the Karen Hill tribe in Northern Thailand.
The difference between the abdominal massage I offer and others offered in Thailand is I use herbs steamed in a compress that is applied during the service. I also offer my sessions in a series after the first session to ease into the belly and continue to heal over time. These series could be anywhere from several times a week over a few weeks to just once a week or once a month.
But do not worry, I make these sessions completely affordable. My goal is to help you get healthy. And alot of our health, both mental and physical starts in our bellies.
The first visit will take about 75 minutes. Doing an intake, discussing any health issues. You can wear your clothes if you would like. I will tuck towels into the underwear to avoid exposure as well as oil getting on them. Typically the first session is an introductory session to see how your body will respond to the massage. Abdominal massage is very different than regular massage because it is not very common to have another person pressing on your belly. There can be many issues going on in the belly that a person has no clue about until someone presses on it. We will get into that later.
Once you are tucked in I will cover the belly with a towel and rest my hand on it to ground myself and you can relax. I will then start pressing the compress on top of the towel to warm the belly till the compress is cool enough to put directly on the skin. The compress will have herbs in it that I will ask you ahead of time if you are okay with (no allergies). Once the series of massages start we can tailor the herb bundle to your sessions.
Once your belly has warmed I will massage the belly gently with oil. Repeat the steamed herbs, and massage a couple more times. Once the belly is warmed the massage becomes a bit deeper. The initial visit has less targeted work and is more to see what the needs are for further sessions.
Who will benefit from abdominal massage? Everyone!
Issues with Digestion, reproduction, difficulty breathing, low back pain are just a few broad issues that abdominal massage can help with. So what makes it so beneficial?
Well first of all there are so many major organs in your belly. When you think about it, why would you want to leave them out of your regular massage? Not only are their organs in your belly but there are muscles too. Just like when your shoulders get tension your belly can experience tension as well.
Tomorrow I will cover more in depth of the benefits of abdominal massage.
When I was in massage school 13 years ago I was freaked out by touching someones belly. Working on pregnant women equally freaked me out.
It was not till I had my 2nd daughter that I started to feel comfortable doing prenatal massages.
It was not until I finished my Thai Herbal Abdominal class that I felt comfortable working on all kinds of bellies.
Both of which have become some of my favorites. After a couple years of toying with the idea of combining the 2 modalities I am ready to start the planning of getting over to Thailand to do the training.
The school I originally wanted to attend is closed for the month of July which is when I can go. So I have to narrow it down to 2 others. I love the researching and planning.
This week I will be posting about the benefits of both prenatal as well as Thai Herbal Abdominal. And hopefully soon I will have locked in my travel plans.