Thai Massage is an ancient style of massage that has roots in India and was developed in Thailand over thousands of years. It has a holistic approach to physical and mental health through manual therapy. It relies on the balancing of energy lines as well as the manipulation of muscles, bones and joints to help the client. Thai massage can be used for holistic relaxation or can also target specific issues like pain, stiffness or a lack of mobility in most joints of the body. It is a balanced mix of pressure using palms, fingers, forearms, knees, and feet (with the client’s permission) on the muscles, energy lines and acupressure points. This type of massage uses powerful stretches and mobilizations derived from ancient yoga poses. It is great for athletes who need to keep up their mobility or sedentary office workers alike. Please note that Sylvain (who provides Thai massage at the clinic) is taking a leave of absence beginning December 31, 2019 until April 23, 2020 to travel abroad and do further training in Thai massage. Please contact the clinic by phone in mid April to book with Sylvain.
Thai massage therapy can be provided with or without a referral. If you have a physician’s referral, please bring it with you as it may provide valuable insight into your condition.
To benefit most from Thai massage therapy as a holistic approach of the whole body, the treatment times available are 60, 75, and 90 minutes. Fees begin at $115 for 60 minutes to $158 for 90 minutes, taxes included. The fee is more than the regular massage rates due to the additional set up time. Thai Massage Therapy for under 60 minutes will be performed on the massage table instead of a mat and at the standard massage rates. Thai massage is covered under massage therapy in many plans. For some insurance plans, a referral is required. Please inquire with your insurance company if you are unsure about your coverage.
Thai Massage Therapy will be performed on a massage mat on the floor. The receiver wears comfortable flexible clothing to best allow mobilizations of every joint in all directions without restrictions. It is a “dry” massage, meaning no lotion will be used. The massage will alternate with pressure, mobilizations and stretches inspired from Yoga. Some people call Thai Massage, “Thai Yoga Massage” or “Lazy Man’s Yoga” because it feels like someone doing yoga for you. Thai massage is best performed by an experienced practitioner and can only be considered massage therapy in Ontario when provided by a Registered Massage Therapist.