Traditional Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Oil Massage
Thai Foot Reflexology
Head Neck & Shoulder Massage
Thai facial treatment
- Relaxes body and mind
- Relieves physical and mental stress
- Improves posture
- Relieves chronic pain
- Improveeeee circulation
- Loosens contracted, shortenedmuscle
- Stimulates weak muscle
- Increases nutrition of tissue and joints
- Reduces swelling, lessens pain and facilitates movement, especially during injury rehabitition
- Speeds recovery from post-exercise fatigue
- Enhances skin condition
- Keep tissue elastic
- Increase endorance, productivity and energy
- Promote more restful sleep
- Decrease irritability
- Improves digestive and absorption of nutrients
MASSAGE THERAPY FOR DIABETICS: A NATURAL TREATMENT
Massage therapy for diabetics has grown in demand in recent years. More and more diabetics are seeking professional massage to prevent and improve the problems associated with this chronic disease. Therapeutic massage is one of the fastest growing complementary medicine practices in the United States. In 1990 7% of the population sought professional massage. Nine years later that number jumped to 11%. Then it increased to 24% in 2007. The word about medical massage is out!
23.6 million people in the U.S., 8% of the population, have diabetes. Many of those are seeking the beneficial results of massage therapy. There has not been a lot of scientific research done on the effects of massage therapy for diabetics, but anecdotal reports are creating quite a demand for diabetic massage and the research is starting to follow that demand.
Stress causes the release of stress hormones and those hormones can affect the diabetic’s blood sugar control negatively. It’s hard to think of stress as being or causing a series of chemical reactions in the body, but it does. Stress is a normal part of life, but how we deal with that stress can keep it from spiraling into a health problem.
Stress and diabetes sometimes results in high blood sugars. The diabetic has stress from simply having and dealing with diabetes and any associated problems. Massage has been shown repeatedly to have a beneficial effect on anxiety. Diabetics experiencing anxiety are at risk for poor blood sugar control. Massage therapy for diabetics helps reduce that stress.
It is well known that therapeutic massage has a beneficial effect on the more tangible parts of the body, like muscles and tendons. Not so well known is that it also has a beneficial effect on the chemicals in the body, particularly stress hormones. Massage calms the nervous system, bringing stress hormones down to normal levels; in turn blood sugars are easier to control.
Circulatory System Improvements
Diabetes can have a dangerous effect on the circulatory system. Diabetics tend to have problems with circulation because high blood sugars can cause hardening of the arteries. This poor flow of blood tends to occur first in the feet, since they are so far from the heart. Massage improves circulation of blood in general, including to the extremities, decreasing this blocking effect of diabetes.
When poor circulation occurs, poor healing of wounds and infections also occurs. That is why diabetics sometimes develop sores on the foot. Massage therapy for diabetics improves feeling (sensation) and circulation, so it can help prevent this common problem. With improved blood (and lymph) flow from therapeutic massage, the body is more able to fight infections in the body. Circulation is critical for good health. It is impaired in the diabetic. Massage improves circulation dramatically.
Muscle and Other Tissues
Elevated blood sugars, because of stress hormones and poor circulation, cause the tissues around the muscles and tendons to become thicker. Diabetes can cause stiffness and decreased mobility in the diabetic’s muscles and other soft tissues. Massage therapy for diabetics treats this problem directly by manipulating these tissues in a way that causes them to be less “sticky” and stiff. Range of motion improves, so does general mobility of the whole body. Improved bodily movement enables the diabetic to do more exercise.
Exercise and better movement further aid in preventing the complications of diabetes complications and improves blood sugar control. Exercise to the diabetic has the same effect as many medications given to type 2 diabetics (enhanced insulin sensitivity, for instance). Improving the ability to move freely gives the diabetic a better chance of taking advantage of the benefits of exercise. Improved mobility through massage therapy for diabetics also protects from debilitating falls.
Relief for Neuropathy
The uncomfortable symptoms of diabetic neuropathy that many diabetics experience have been shown to be improved with gentle massage therapy for diabetics.
Monitor Blood Sugars During Massage
Be aware of your blood sugar levels before and after massage, since massage can decrease blood sugars significantly. Up to a 100 point decrease has been seen in one research clinic. Massage of an injection site can increase the absorption of insulin, lowering blood glucose unexpectedly. Massage might improve the absorption of other diabetic drugs (like sulfonylureas), as well. A potential drop in blood sugar should be planned for in advance.
A therapist who provides massage therapy for diabetics should be aware of the potential for a drop in blood sugar. A normal glucose reading before a massage in a diabetic who is taking insulin or other medication might end up with hypoglycemia (low blood sugar) after the massage.
A small serving of carbohydrate might be in order even before the massage begins, if a low normal glucose is found prior to starting the massage. It might be wise to test blood sugars after the massage, as well as before. If you are diabetic you should keep records of how massage affects your blood sugars. Testing a couple of hours after each massage is recommended as it can sometimes have a lasting effect.
Studies have repeatedly shown that general mood and mental state improves with massage. It is well established that massage has a significant relaxing effect, greater than that from rest alone. The relaxation effect of massage includes a reduced heart rate and lower blood pressure. Regular medical massage for diabetics should be part of the treatment plan.
Massage Therapy and Cancer Treatment
What do massage therapy and cancer have to do with each other? Massage therapy for cancer, or “oncology massage”, is a specialized medical massage for patients receiving cancer treatment. Massage therapy is not a cure for cancer.
Oncology massage will help you feel better as you go through cancer treatment. The side effects of radiation and chemotherapy are numerous. Sometimes the cancer treatment might have to be postponed due to the side effects of chemotherapy until you feel better. However, massage therapy for cancer can greatly help you get through those nasty side effects that you have to endure from cancer treatment.
At a time when your body is weakened and fighting back you need all the positive effects you can get in your arsenal. Something as simple as a warm soothing touch of massage can make a great difference in how you feel. That’s why massage therapy and cancer treatment should be done together.
The skin is the largest organ in the body. It is filled with receptors that signal a human touch, a therapeutic touch that helps your body heal, bringing a very positive stimulus to your brain.
Complications from cancer treatment can linger well after the treatment is over. Sometimes you will still feel the side effects months and even years after your cancer treatment. When you feel better in your everyday life you can recover from chemotherapy and radiation treatments faster and get back to normal life faster.
The Research About Massage and Cancer
It used to the taught that massage therapy and cancer were not to be mixed. Massage Schools taught that massage would spread cancer in the body. Fear of harming someone was incentive enough to not even try it. However, recent research has shown that massage will not spread cancer!
In research on how cancer spreads, it has been found to be a complicated series of physiological processes in the body. Something as simple as mechanical pressure from massage doesn’t affect the growth and spread of cancer cells. The information is now clear, the results are in and massage therapy and cancer treatment is being done widely. Massage can safely be given in one form or another at each stage of the cancer journey.
The American Cancer Society describes the steps of how cancer metastasizes this way:
“In order for cancer cells to spread to new parts of the body, they have to go through several changes. They have to be able to break away from the original tumor and enter the bloodstream or lymph system, which can carry them to another part of the body. At some point they need to attach to the wall of a blood or lymph vessel and move through it into a new organ. They then need to be able to grow and thrive in their new location. All the while, they need to be able to avoid attacks from the body's immune system. Going through all these steps means the cells that start new tumors may no longer be exactly the same as the ones in the tumor they started in. This may make treatment more difficult.”
Each one of those steps must take place in the proper order for the process to be successful in spreading cancer.
Scientific research has only recently found that some tumors are able to form their own new lymph vessels. This process is known as lymphangiogenesis. The new vessels would have the probablility of spreading to nearby lymph nodes, but not speading to distant parts of the body.
There are no set specifics on how massage might help you. Each massage therapist is different and each massage therapy and cancer patient is different. Many studies have been done but the variables are too different to put them all together and come up with a final answer about the positive results you can expect. The many different types of massage therapy and cancer also make scientific research and controlled studies complicated.
A Light, Tender Touch
Along with research studies, many anecdotal reports point to positive results from massage therapy and cancer treatments. A therapist must adapt oncology massage to fit the medical conditions of each individual person. If you are going through cancer treatment your body is more fragile.
What might be a regular deep tissue massage when you are well, could be too overwhelming for your system if you are going through the rigorous treatment of radiology or chemotherapy. Light touch is the healing touch that you want provided.
During cancer treatment the body uses all of its resources and energy to fight the cancer, as well as the effects of the treatment. It is extremely demanding in all aspects. Deep tissue massage is too demanding on the body. A deep tissue massage might give you flu-like symptoms for several days.
Deep massage has the effect of cleansing and removing cellular waste from tissues. This would be too overwhelming on the body when it is fighting cancer and the treatment process. Save the deep tissue massage for when you are cancer free and have recovered completely from treatment. No matter how good you might feel at the time, don’t chance deep tissue massage.
Help With the Pain
Pain is one of the biggest targets for the massage therapy and cancer treatment experience. The pain could be musculoskeletal, a side effect of the cancer itself, or pain as the result of treatment or surgery. Pain affects your quality of life and how well you can function or not function.
Many times pain medications help tremendously, but, many times more help is needed to take the edge off the pain cycle that you are enduring. A gentle, soothing massage touch many times will help with the pain. It is not yet proven that massage can lessen the use of pain medication needed, but it is still being studied. Anacdotal and case studies have reported help in pain relief and the possiblility of less pain medication use.
Massage for the Anxiety and Stress
To say that anxiety comes with cancer is an understatement! Right? Reduced anxiety is the most consistent result experienced with massage therapy and cancer treatment. Massage to reduce the anxiety experienced with radiation or chemotherapy has been widely studied and the results have been very positive. It is well proven that massage relieves stress and anxiety.
At a time when hospital and doctor visits are common, tests and treatments, poking, prodding , needles and any number of no fun intrusive drugs or radiation are happening, massage is a welcome intervention for your body! It is a gentle therapeutic touch that brings comfort. The body is made to need to be touched.
Anxiety sometimes intensifies your feeling of pain and might worsen the perception of how you experience all the myriad of symptoms during cancer treatment. Being able to relax and deal with the stress and anxiety of what you are experiencing is desperately needed.
Decreases Your Fatigue
Fatigue is a problem that just about every cancer patient has to deal with. Not much research has been done on this problem, but the few studies that have been done show that a reduction in fatigue short-term is a real plus. However, further studies are needed and the effects on long-term fatigue have not been done yet. Massage therapists often hear their clients report improvement in their fatigue level, with more energy levels to go about normal activities with their family.
Helps Normalize Sleep Patterns
Research on levels of improvement in insomnia with massage again is hard to measure and hard to study. Research has to go by the patient’s perception of improved sleep and sleep patterns. However, the many varied stories that cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment have given are numerous. Many patients have said they had their best night of sleep after a massage since being in the hospital or since they started treatment.
Nausea and Vomiting
Nausea, especially delayed nausea, is a common problem when going through treatment. Many report that day 2 through 4 after a treatment is the worst time for nausea and vomiting. This is a major problem and a big factor in nourishment, weight loss, dehydration, imbalance of electrolytes, damage to the esophagus, and kidney toxicity. All of this factors into your overall wellness.
Nutrition intake and keeping nourishment down is a continual problem, leading to weight loss and muscle wasting. If you can stay healthy you can tolerate treatment better. Many patients report nausea where sights, taste, and smells associated with treatment sets off nausea, increasing anxiety.
Again, the studies are not there to prove it yet, but many touch therapists have reports of their massage therapy and cancer clients having this phenomenon transformed by massage.
Improves Immune Function
Numerous massage therapy and cancer research studies indicate that massage will increase immune function. Again, more research is needed. The Touch Research Institute has done some studies on this.
A study examining the effect of massage on "Natural Killer cell” (immune) activity and lymphocyte levels in breast cancer and HIV patients found improvement in both. Massage resulted in an increase in Natural Killer cells and lymphocytes. Natural Killer cells monitor and destroy infected cells, preventing new growth and tumor cells.
Studies also report that a higher Natural Killer cell level does predict a lower cancer recurrence. Funding for more research has been started but immunity research is complicated and clearer conclusions will come with time.
In the following video you will first see a bluish Killer cell in the blood stream. Then you will see a little green, four legged stick figure that squats on a healthy cell representing a viral or cancer cell infecting a healthy cell. That infected cell has just been "told" (through messenger RNA) to create cancer, or viral cells.
Watch as the Killer Cell destroys it and keeps it from creating more unhealthy cells. Remember that oncology massage increases the level of Natural Killer cells.
Manual Lymph Drainage for Lymphedema
Another side effect of some cancer treatments, when lymph nodes have to be removed because they are cancerous, is lymphedema, particularly breast cancer patients. Approximately 25% of breast cancer patients will develop lymphedema after treatment. Over time that increases. Sometimes lymphedema doesn’t show up until years later, even as many as 15 years later.
Anyone who has had lymph nodes removed or radiation treatment for cancer in the armpit, neck or groin is at risk for lymphedema. A specialized type of massage called manual lymph drainage helps with lymphedema.
Manual lymph drainage is light skin deep circular massage, since the lymphatic system is right under the skin. Although compression bandages, skin care and specific exercises also help, it has been shown that these measures along with manual lymph drainage are most effective. (Read the Manual Lymph Drainage page.)
Improves Your Battered Quality of Life
All of these symptoms, along with such things as psychological distress and depression subtract from the quality of life that you have while going through cancer treatment. When you feel better you are better able to deal with life as a cancer patient.
Sometimes it seems as if your whole life is on hold until such a time when you might be able to return to normal family living, or life as it used to be before all this started. Massage therapy should be part of your cancer treatment plan during this stressful time.
Massage therapy and cancer does have many precautions, however. A knowledgeable cancer massage therapist will be aware of these precautions and will only proceed as needed, according to your specific type of cancer and treatment. Please choose a therapist who knows how to provide oncology massage. You will need to share your medical information with the massage therapist.
*Your doctor must be kept informed and his/her advice must*
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage
Chanida Thai Massage & Spa offers traditional Thai massage, Nuad Phaen Boran as it is called in Thailand. The traditional Thai massage originates from the time of the Buddha. The Thai Massage or Ancient Massage is a method of aligning the energies of the body.
Nuad Phhaen Boran correctly translates only as Ancient Massage or Traditional Massage, but today we know it as Thai Massage or Traditional Thai Massage or Ancient Thai Massage. A session of traditional Thai massage at Sabay Thai Massage usually last from 90 to 120 minutes and during this session the therapist uses point pressure, muscle stretching and compression done in a rhythmic movement of gentle rocking.
The therapist helps stretch your body into a variety of yoga-like positions at the same time doing manual compression strokes on the muscles to further enhance the stretch and release tension. For your session, please wear loose and comfortable clothing. No oils are used in a traditional Thai massage session.
Traditional Thai massage is a unique form of energy bodywork that leads to a deep release, and enables you to reach your full potential. Working on the floor enables the proper use of body weight, and the use of many techniques that are only feasible in traditional Thai massage. Treatments are longer, more thorough, and have more profound effects than other forms of bodywork. Traditional Thai massage therapy comfortably and effectively resolves many specific issues and commonplace problems, such as lack of use resulting from long hours sitting at a desk or driving, and has many applications for sport.
Thai Oil Massage
Thai Foot Reflexology
Reflexology is the practice of stimulating nerves on the feet, hands and ears, to supposedly encourage a beneficial effect on some other parts of the body. Reflexology is most commonly performed on the feet, moving on to the hands and/or ears.
By applying pressure to the reflex points on the hands and/or feet, the blood circulation is improved, the body relaxes and organs and glands become balanced. Reflexology is fantastic for relaxing and can clear health problems that are linked to nervous stress and tension.