Stretch Therapy & Ashi-Thai: Yoga for the lazy
Everyone needs to stretch, but we never make time for it. For those of you in San Antonio with athletic or sports injuries, we’ve got you covered in this advanced style of massage therapy. Stretching and massage therapy have been proven beneficial for many chronic conditions such as back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, stress, depression and more. Why not combine your deep tissue massage with some deep facilitated stretches? Thai massage is jokingly known as the Lazy mans yoga, since you just lie down, focus on your breathing, and comfortably receive delicious stretches — We do all the work for you as we stretch you into the poses! Are you ready to become a bendy pretzel? When was the last time you could touch your toes?
What is Stretch Therapy?
Ashi-Thai (performed on a massage table) and Thai massage (performed on a floor mat) allow the massage therapist to maneuver your limbs into deep relaxing stretches. Compression of muscle tissue is applied throughout the session, helping to release spasm, muscle contraction and tension, always working within your perfect range of pressure. Imagine taking a nap while your body subconsciously takes a yoga class on its own — this is what we do!
What is Thai Bodywork?
It’s transformative, it’s profound, it’s therapeutic yoga that we do to you, and it works like a charm. This style of massage comes from Thailand, and follows the patterns of your breathing as we apply deep compressions to your bones, joints, muscles, tendons and fascial tissue (note that means FASCIA, or connective tissue, not “facial” – we don’t work on your face!) while you are positioned in strategic contortions. Our hands, feet, knees, hips… whatever it takes… will squish and knead your nagging aches out of sight.
How does it work?
In an Ashi-Thai session, the client relaxes on a comfortable massage table while the therapist stands on the table holding onto overhead bars for balance and support. In a Traditional Thai session, you’ll lay on a big, wide paddle floor mat with more room to move around. Either way, your Sasquatch will be using their feet to deliver the massage and apply deep stretches which directly addresses stuck areas within your connective tissue and joints. The advantage of these massages — both for the client and the therapist — is that the massage therapists body offers amazing leverage and weight to provide a stretches and sustained pressure unmatched by other techniques.
What will my Stretch Therapy session feel like?
Performed without any oils or creams, these services require the client to wear loose flexible clothing, allowing the therapist to stretch the client’s passive body beyond its holding patterns. The client relaxes either on a floor mat or a massage table, and will feel many gentle compressions along lines of muscle tension. With each long, slow stretch the client will feel the stress, pain and tension melt away. These Stretch Therapy massages revitalizes the body, mind and soul leaving the client deeply centered and at peace.
Is Stretch Therapy for you?
Clients of every age and size can benefit from this massage, famous for back and hip pain relief, increased flexibility, deeper range of motion, and deep relaxation. Thai massage and Ashi-Thai are an effective bodywork treatment for all types of athletic injuries. Most clients report significant decreases pain and significant increases in range of motion and athletic performance. Clients with sports or repetitive strain injuries receiving this style of work often find they are even more flexible after the sessions than before they were injured!
Pregnant? Yup, this is the massage you’ll want to choose! As long as you are in your 2nd or 3rd trimester, in good health and ready to work with us to help relieve your new aches and pains, we can HEEL you! Please discuss with your massage therapist any potential health concerns before trying any barefoot massage with us.
Is Stretch Therapy safe?
Our staff is trained, well practiced and officially certified in multiple advanced styles of Traditional Thai massage, shiatsu, Ashi-Thai, Range of Motion and other Stretch Therapy-focused techniques. We blend our knowledge in all these styles to provide the best option for you. The amount of pressure is carefully monitored throughout the session, and easily adjusted for the clients comfort. We do not aim to provide No Pain, No Gain massages — the safety and well-being of the client is our foremost concern.
Try this deep, twisty massage, and let the Sasquatches at Heeling Sole help you become a more bendy, stretchier version of yourself today!
All Massages given are professional, safe, respectful, and adhere to the Texas Department of State Health Services laws.
Draping is always required.