Thai Massage in Las Vegas

Today we added Las Vegas to our directory of Thai massages.

There are many stories to tell about Las Vegas in Nevada – it’s of course one of these cities in the world that has a very unique reputation, and calls itself the entertainment capital of the world. Gambling, cabarets, shows, good food, and a lot more.

It has the reputation of “Sin City”, because it is very tolerant of all kinds of “adult services” – and I’m sure that a lot of so called “Thai massage salons” in Vegas are not really offering traditional Thai massage, but rather “happy ending” Thai massage.

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Thai Massage Sacramento

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Now we also added Sacramento (or as I like to call it: Sacramentooooooooo!) in sunny California to our directory of Thai massage practitioners :-)

It’s the seventh largest city in California, and in 2002 it was named the “most integrated” city of America in 2002 by the Time magazine.

I’ve never been there, but from what I heard it’s definitely a place I like to visit next time I’m in California.

Sacramento is a former “gold rush town”, so there’s been lots of interesting history going on.

There’s also a Chinatown in Sacramento, which is another interesting place to check out, I’m sure they have all kinds of massages – and quiet honestly, when it comes to massage, the Chinese can be just as good as the Thai’s.

Thai Massage and Body Mechanism

The following article is written written for TraditionalThaiMassage.net by Remco van de Visch, who is a Thai massage teacher in Chiang Mai. If you want to learn Thai massage, then you really want to read this article. Neither Remco nor I are native English speakers, so you might catch a grammatical error here and there – but the tips that are shared inside are excellent, and many books on Thai massage don’t go into that much detail. So here’s the article:

Thai Massage and Body Mechanism

For sure one of the most important principles of a good Thai massage is having the right body mechanism. In my teachings at the Blue Garden Chiang Mai (www.thaimassagechiangmai.com) I work intensively with my students to make sure they will get this right. The reasons herefore are that once you master this, to give a good Thai massage gets so much easier and also very important it will save your career as a massage therapist; once you understand the right bodymechanisms you know how to massage without injuring your body.

No muscle power

The first aspect is that we are not using muscle power, but using our bodyweight. By shifting our bodyweight on to our palms (or thumbs, elbow, etc) we are creating pressure. Important hereby is that we relaxing our body, which means that our posture is not creating tension for our selves. In practice this can be quite difficult, because in every day life we are so used to use force and power. One of my teachers use to say if you can not be relaxed your self while massaging how can your client be relaxed. In other words you will be tenser and you transfer the tension towards your client.
The difference between bodyweight and muscle power for pressure is that the first one feels much softer (less sharp), allows the therapist to go deeper, and makes it possible to transfer energy much more freely.

Massage from the center of your body

Further aspects of good body mechanisms is to always massage from the center of you body, so you are not un necessary twisting you back or reaching away. When you learning massage always give your self the time to find the right position. Just remember that once you get in the habit of mis using your body you will do this day in and day out and over time you will create injuries.
Always be in a 90 degree angle to the point you massaging; for example with a single palm press, look at the line form you shoulder to your palm (to the point your applying pressure) they should be in 90 degrees angle.

Common mis alignments of the therapist

1. The lower back is rounded or over arched; Try the have the lower back in its natural position
2. Rounding our upper back
3. Hunching the shoulders, goes together with 2 (rounding upper back). Keep upper back straight and draw your shoulders down the back
4. Bending the elbows. Very often going together with hunching the shoulders. When you draw your shoulders down the back automaticly the elbows will go straight.

Insiders Tip

heartOne of the easiest adjustments tips is to imagine that you are opening your heart. If you imagine this your chest will sink in and automaticly your lower and upper back will be straight and you will draw your shoulders down the back

Different body types

People are build differently, not all techniques will be suited to be performed by everybody, or can not be performed on everybody. Be sensible towards this. Same if a client is asking for more pressure, but you are leaning in with all bodyweight, do not start using muscle power, It is always very easy to compensate with muscular power or take an unnatural position. But by doing this you are creating tension in your own body, which overtime will create problems. From the very beginning of your instruction, if a particular movement is causing you pain, you should stop. You should not push yourself, as is often done in various types of exercises, but realize that either the movement is not being done correctly or something in your own body mechanics is not right. There always many alternatives which will not hurt your body. Just think about this: How can you heal someone if you are hurting yourself?

Some last words

A good posture should not cause pain to your body, allows you to relax your body and by shifting your weight you can increase or decrease the pressure.

Remco van de Visch is Thai Massage teacher at Blue Garden Chiang Mai, at where he guided many students to become professional therapist, www.thaimassagechiangmai.com, remcovandevisch@hotmail.com

Thai Massage in Portland

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We’re happy to announce that we now also added a directory of Thai massage practitioners in Portland in Oregon.

Portland, aka “The City Of Roses”, is one of the greenest cities in the world, and I think that is a good indicator that there are lots of people who can appreciate the joy and relaxation that comes from receiving a skillful traditional Thai massage. There are lots of microbreweries (that’s why beer enthusiasts also refer to it as Beervana or Beertown), and Portlanders are mad about high-quality coffee, so they definitely know a thing or two about enjoying life :-)

It’s also one of the most vegetarian-friendliest cities in the USA, and food-lovers will be delighted by the abundance of great restaurants.

The “founder” of Portland bought the land (around 640 acre for 25 cents. Now THAT’s what I call a bargain, even in 1843. Actually two people teamed up to buy the land: William Overton and Asa Lovejoy. Later on William Overton sold half of his land claim to Francis W. Pettygrove. Both Lovejoy and Pettygrove wanted to name the new city after their hometown, and they couldn’t agree. Instead of shooting each other, they just tossed a coin. (I think that’s a sign of the long history of intelligence of Portlanders…). They cossed a coin three times – and two times Pettygrove won. The penny still does exist, and you can see it at the Oregon Historical Society – it’s called the “Portland Penny“.

I don’t know at what year Thai massage was first introduced to Portland, but I figure it can’t be that long ago. Probably somewhere after the Vietnam war days.

If you have a story to share about a Thai massage experience in Portland, be free to leave a comment and share it with the world :-)

Thai Massage in Omaha

Today we added Omaha to our directory of Thai massage practitioners, shops, spa’s and salons. So all the people in Nebraska can now find a place to soothe their tired muscles again too :-)

Every time I hear the word Omaha, I think of Warren Buffett, but maybe that’s just me.

Omaha actually is an native American name, which means “dwellers on the bluff”. Although I’m not sure what that is about, I like the name :-)

Complete Luxury Indulgence On A Robinson Crusoe Style Island

I just read an interesting article in the Independent about a new spa resort on a private island near Phuket – if you have about 3600 USD to spare for a week of indulgence and re-charging batteries, then you might be interested in this.

The upscale spa group Six Senses has mobile phones, movies, etc. are not allowed (except on special request and even then only within the own villa), and it all sounds pretty good. Thai massage treatments are included in the price of course.

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Thai Massage in Los Angeles recommended by the LA Times

The LA Times recently recommended two Thai massage salons in Los Angeles’ “Thai Town”:

Traditional Thai massage at reasonable prices and well-maintained facilities can be found at Thai Sabai (5261 Hollywood Blvd., [323] 485-2800, www.thaisabai.com) and R4U (5300 Hollywood Blvd., [323] 465-2755).

Thai Massage Boston

We now have added Boston, Massachusetts to our directory of Thai massage providers. It was about time that we integrated on of the oldest cities of the United States into your little site. After all, there are lots of sophisticated and smart people living there, I am sure they can appreciate a good traditional Thai massage :-)

Thanks for all the people who send in listings, we’re in the process of integrating your places too :-)