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Old 11-06-2007, 01:06 PM   #1
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Default Two thumbs up for Thai massage!!!

Just wanted to give my early endorsement to Thai massage. Awesome stuff.

Very much a combination of stretching and massage, often similar to "easier" yoga poses. I really liked the work on my feet and ankles especially.

For those who have difficulty in making themselves stretch and do the foam roller, this may be a solution!

FYI, I get extremely bored with normal types of massage and haven't found it to be that therapeutic for me. This was totally different. I'm thinking of making this a regular part of my schedule, once every one or two weeks.
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Old 11-06-2007, 01:17 PM   #2
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Hey I get the first "happy ending" joke?
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:34 PM   #3
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I'll second that. I've had a few Thai massages. I felt lots of the benefits of a good stretching or foam rolling session with none of the bothersome work.
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Old 11-06-2007, 03:39 PM   #4
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Shiatsu is my favorite.
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Old 11-07-2007, 05:26 AM   #5
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Just finished my 5th Rolfing session, which I find pretty interesting. 4 more to go for the basic 10 session treatment, then will probably get a session once every 3 months. I also get a deep tissue massage once a month, but will search out a Thai practitioner, as I've read/heard good stuff, and since Dr. G recommends, really must check it out.

Great deep massage is really good stuff, though when my eyes are tearing and I'm biting the sheet, it make me think that only in America would a grown man pay money to be physically abused, relatively speaking.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:19 AM   #6
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The Thai massage that I got I would consider "moderate" in depth--when a muscle is being moderately stretched, it doesn't take much pressure. I also have my doubts about deep tissue work, both my own and from what I've read of Edgar Cayce. Pain is not a good sign, IMO. Stimulating the nervous system properly is what I'm after.

I personally didn't notice much from Rolfing or any other bodywork in a long-term sense. I get an adjustment once every two weeks, mainly for maintenance (and I'm good friends with my chiro).

I really think the Z-Health joint mobility (and foot drills), even the small amount I do, before every workout, has made the biggest difference. That along with (mostly) proper Paleo dieting, enough O-3s, and plenty of magnesium.

Since I trade with the Thai massage practitioner (she wants to come in for workouts), I'm thinking a once-a-week session of Thai, every-other-week adjustment, my daily minimum of joint mobility, and a once-a-week session of full-body joint mobility plus foam rolling (sandwiching a weekend day workout) will keep me in darn good prehab shape.
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Old 11-07-2007, 08:57 AM   #7
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I'll have to see if the masseuse I went to yesterday offers Thai massage. I had my first paid-for professional massage yesterday (have had a few by people in massage school) with the focus being my back and hamstrings. He spent a lot of time on my upper left back and around my left shoulder, which was all tighter than the right side (two dislocations and surgery on the left side in the past 6 months). My shoulder feels downright awesome today after getting those muscles loosened.
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:45 AM   #8
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Good Thai massage is amazing. I received massage and learned a good bit of the initial sequence when I was in Chaing Mai learning thai boxing. Great stuff.
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:00 PM   #9
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Scott,
Use the term massage therapist. Masseuse is a term that tends to imply that you'll be getting a "happy ending", as Allen mentioned. Thought you should know...
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Old 11-08-2007, 07:05 AM   #10
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Haha...well alright. I shouldn't use "masseuse" anyway as it's technically a female massage therapist. The correct term for a male is "masseur".
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