Influenced by Traditional Thai Massage and adding the benefits of breath work, deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Chi Nei Tsang, Trigger Point Therapy and Traditional Maori Romi Romi healing, Thai Compression Therapy™ is a style of bodywork that is deeply transformative for body and mind. Matthew’s compression technique helps to clear stuck energy that no longer serves you and helps to release tension and pain re-aligning your body so it can return to its natural state of well-being.
Each full session is three hours long and takes place on a mat on the floor. The client remains clothed, except for occasional oil work on the legs, back and abdomen. By using his hands, elbows, knees, feet and sit bones, Matthew assists in releasing stagnant energy from main acupressure points along Thai sen lines. He leads breathing techniques throughout the session, and clients participate by breathing consciously and staying present in their bodies.
Each session is tailored to your needs and typically follows a brief consultation. Additionally, clients are highly encouraged to direct Matthew to areas where they need the most work, or to adjust the level of pressure used, at any time throughout the session. This style of bodywork is intended for people seeking to make a shift in their body and in their life, and is helpful for relieving chronic physical pain and suppressed emotional issues.
Deep, transformative bodywork takes time. Matthew must work slowly and methodically to ensure the complete, full-body release of stagnant energy. He especially needs to allow for enough time to work deeply on problem areas, while guiding you in breathing techniques, to relieve congestion or tension in your muscles, so that your muscles and fascia can ultimately relax. Shorter massages may relieve stress in one area, but the full benefits come with a full session.
This is different for everyone. Many people feel powerful changes after the first session. However, when someone really wants longer lasting, transformative effects, they will typically get three to six sessions scheduled closely together. The first two sessions usually cover the entire body. Follow up sessions may involve several hours of focused work in one area. Results are more effective when sessions are close together because if you wait a month or more between sessions the body can revert back to its former state. After a series of closely spaced sessions, a monthly maintenance session will help to prolong the benefits achieved.
Please eat a light meal no less than three hours before your session and drink a lot of water the next day. You may not wish to schedule anything after your session as you may feel very different in your body. It is especially important to not engage in any form of physical exercise after the session or the next day. Please also avoid cold for three hours after your session. This includes drinking cold water, eating cold food and taking a cold shower.
Your body needs time to adjust to the bodywork and muscles need time to recuperate. After each session it is important to drink lots of water and allow your body rest for at least 24 hours. Do not lift any heavy weights or move your body too quickly or erratically. Be kind to yourself. After a deep session, your body will open up and could be more prone to injuries for a day to two.
If you are feeling sore, many clients take an Advil or drink Emergence-C with MSM. A warm bath or hot tub soak the next day is also good post-session activity as it further relaxes the muscles and promotes longer-lasting effects.
Targeted Treatment Sessions are 2 hour sessions that are designed to target only one or two areas of the body. They are different from Full 3 hr sessions in that I combine Deep Tissue Thai compression work with Deep Tissue oil work. The oil work is primarily done with feet and elbows. Clients are asked to wear yoga shorts or other short or loose fitting shorts and a tank top or sports bra for women so that oil can be applied to the body easily without the use of traditional draping. I now have yoga shorts and sports bras available for women clients who do not want to get oil on their own clothing. Sizes are small, medium and large.
Tell me if you are pregnant when booking.
Let me know if you have any allergies or dislikes to anything. Especially any types of oils, scents, or body positions such as laying on your side for too long.
Remember to breathe deeply and exhale with an open mouth.
Drink lots of water after a session to cleanse and flush toxins out of your body. If you don’t drink enough water, the toxins can remain stagnant and you may feel nauseous and/or hot.
Rest, give your body a break and let your muscles recuperate.
Drink lots of alcohol after your session.
Every body reacts differently to this style of work. And depending how deep you want to go you may experience different reactions.
Most people feel lighter, more flexible, relaxed and energized. Others may feel some soreness in their muscles for about 24-48 hours.
At times you may feel tingling in say a finger or hand. This is just energy still moving within you that was released during your session. These feelings usually dissipate after a day or two.
After about 48 hours you should be able to fully feel the full benefits of your session. I encourage my clients to give me feedback about how they feel after and during a session. This can help me fine tune how I work with you in future sessions.
Matthew Wakem is a Certified Massage Practitioner with the California Massage Therapy Council. (CMP Certificate #53113) Is a member of ABMP: Associated Bodywork & Massage Professionals – ABMP ID# 1046174 and belongs to THAI: The Thai Healing Alliance.
December 2017 Special. All new clients get $50 off a Full 3 hour session.
NEW 2 hour Targeted Treatment Sessions. If you prefer a shorter session time and want to work deeply on just one or two areas of the body, this is the session for you. $200
Please reserve your session at least 24 hours in advance. Sessions are on Sundays only.
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