Thai Bodywork

Erik's Therapeutic Thai Bodywork is a fusion of the traditional Thai healing arts together with modern massage therapy techniques including deep tissue work, posture analysis and fascia release.  This bodywork loosens tight parts of the body, which enables better movement and posture.

Erik does Thai Bodywork at events!
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On-site Bodywork for athletes: tailored for pre-event and pre-workout preparation. This is a 10-15 minute session on a warmed up athlete, designed to enhance performance and prevent injuries. This is ideal for teams or groups. 
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Licensed, Insured (TN Massage Therapist License Number: 8950) 
Member: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals (ABMP) 


About Traditional Thai Massage

Thai massage is a tradition that is close to my heart.  Here I'll give you a quick overview of this interesting and powerful modality.  I learned Thai Massage in Thailand - you can read more about it in the definitive "The Art of Traditional Thai Massage" by Harald Brust.

History

Called "Ancient Massage" (nuad phaen boran) in Thailand, it is also commonly and accurately called "Thai Yoga Massage" outside of Thailand.  Thai massage has an interesting history, which explains it's presence in a culture which does not otherwise have any tradition of Yoga.  Around 2300 years ago, a form of yoga-based massage existed in India, and was brought to Thailand by Buddhist missionaries.  This art of massage, which worked upon the energy channels in the body (the Prana Nadis of Yoga-science), was practiced only by Buddhist monks and only taught within certain monasteries.  Thus the tradition was passed down through the centuries essentially unchanged, while in ever-changing India, the tradition disappeared.  Only beginning in the 20th century did the Ancient Massage emerge from the monasteries and was taught to lay and foreign peoples.  Still to this day, some of the most important massage schools in Thailand are monasteries.  The best-known is Wat Pho in Bangkok, where my instructor was educated.

Technique

Thai massage is very different from Western massage of the Swedish tradition.   It takes place on the ground, on a mat, with the recipient being comfortably clothed.  Pressure is applied along the energy lines of the body in a series of firm, deep "pushes", using the thumb, palm of the hand, elbow, knee, or foot.  The recipient is stretched into familiar Yoga postures by the therapist, who often simultaneously massages along the energy lines.  The primary goal of the massage is to stimulate and facilitate the flow of energy (Prana) through the body.  A secondary goal is to relax and stretch the muscles.  A basic principal of Yoga is that when Prana is flowing properly, the body will be relaxed and in optimal health. Even though the muscles are relaxed, most people will experience Thai massage to be more invigorating than relaxing as compared to most Western styles of massage.  When Thai massage is applied with deep pressure, as I do, the recipient will generally feel well-balanced afterward, even if specific areas have been worked intensively.



Erik's Therapeutic Thai Bodywork 

While I consider traditional Thai massage to be a perfect system, it is a system developed for traditional people - which we are not.  Modern, Western people have many ailments and limitations that are not necessarily addressed by traditional Thai massage.  In addition, athletes and others who depend on their bodies for performance have specific needs.  My own style of Thai massage incorporates modern therapeutic massage techniques including Deep Tissue massage and postural analysis, and has been influenced by my years of athletics and 20 years of Yoga practice.  I focus on those muscles and connective tissue which are causing the problem - usually the area which hurts is not the cause of the hurt, but rather the casualty of a larger imbalance I have developed many strategies to work with a variety of body types and I am able to apply deep pressure and deep stretching as needed.  For most people, I work almost exclusively with my feet.  For elderly or sensitive people, I use hand and forearm pressure.

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