Thai Foot Massage
About the treatment
Thai Foot Massage is a massage of the feet and also lower legs. It is both invigorating and deeply relaxing and involves hands-on massage, stretching and acupressure to stimulate reflex points. It has elements of Shiatsu, Reflexology, and Chinese massage, incorporated into the treatment. Thai Foot Massage is the application of pressure onto particular areas of the soles of the feet. A reflex action in another part of the body is stimulated by the manipulation of each specific area. Traditional Thai Foot Massage may include the use of an authentic Thai foot massage stick as well as using the palms, fingers, thumbs and knuckles to work the feet. Initially, the feet are bathed and cleansed, then oil or balm is applied to the feet before the massage commences. As part of the treatment, I also include a hand massage.
This wonderfully enjoyable foot massage dates back more than two thousand years, originating in China, and is seen all over Thailand today. Treatment includes working on 'Sen' lines, which are from the Ayurvedic tradition and are the equivalent to the meridians of Traditional Chinese Medicine. The techniques of Thai Foot Massage are thought to stimulate and open these energy channels, leaving you feeling relaxed, balanced and invigorated.
What is it good for?
Thai Foot Massage is great for tired feet and legs, improving circulation and lymph movement in the feet and lower legs, and improving flexibility. If you have tried reflexology, you will also enjoy this fabulous treatment, but will be surprised at how different the techniques feel! Certainly, like reflexology, you will leave the session feeling relaxed, yet energised and invigorated!
Thai Foot Massage can:
Improve circulation in the feet and legs
Improve lymphatic drainage
Boost the immune system
Reduce stiffness and improve flexibility
Encourage physical healing
Provide stress relief
Lift your mood
Improve concentration and clarity of mind
Leave you with a general feeling of tranquillity, calmness and well-being
The effects may be felt at the first treatment, or it may take a few treatments for significant changes to be noticed.
What are the side effects and when should it be avoided?
Following a treatment, some clients experience tiredness, dizziness, an increased desire to urinate (as the body eliminates toxins and waste materials) or aching muscles. All of these side effects usually last for no more than a few hours, after which clients generally experience increased energy and alertness. Thai Foot Massage is not recommended if you have serious health problems, contagious disease or sores, broken foot or leg bones, or during pregnancy (first 16 weeks). A full consultation is undertaken before the treatment to assess suitability. Please avoid coming for a treatment if you have severe varicose veins on your lower legs, a fungal infection such as athlete's foot, or open cuts/sores on your feet. Veruccas will be covered with a plaster/tape.
The massage is usually given fully-clothed. Please wear comfortable clothing and loose fitting trousers that can be rolled up to above the knee. You will sit or lay on a reclining massage couch throughout the massage.