Jenelle’s style of massage
~ a unique blend of Eastern and Western philosophies and techniques ~
Want to learn more about Jenelle’s unique style of massage? Let’s dive deeper into the world of East meets West.
Jenelle seamlessly weaves together Western approaches to structural bodywork, including postural analysis, muscular imbalances, myofascial release, positional release therapy, and trigger point therapy with traditional techniques from Thailand, including compression, stretching, energy work, and herbal treatments.
The result is a truly unique blending of Eastern and Western philosophies and techniques. She also draws on her analytic mind and background in health research and her intuition and ability to “listen” to the body. And as a yoga teacher, her commitment to giving clients the tools to integrate self-healing is apparent.
To further understand what is meant by “East meets West”, let’s dive into the two independently.
As the name suggests, this is an ancient modality originating in Thailand, going back as far as the era of the Buddha. Today, Thai massage is still deeply rooted in the culture, lifestyle, and tourism.
At a basic level, Thai massage is practiced clothed on a thick mat on the floor. The practitioner utilizes her whole body to provide a truly unique style of massage, including feet, elbows, knees, and bodyweight.
Pressure is adapted appropriately, depending on the needs and preferences of the receiver, and there are times when the therapist uses her whole body.
Referred to sometimes as “lazy” person’s yoga, there is also a stretching component to facilitate muscle release and lengthening. The muscles are massaged to a point of total relaxation and then lengthened in passive stretching.
Think of how amazing yoga feels and then imagine not having to put any effort in at all!
A unique aspect of Thai massage is that it can be simultaneously relaxing and surprisingly invigorating.
Because there is more movement involved, there is more engagement between the therapist and the receiver. In a standard massage it is common to fall asleep during, or want to after, but with Thai massage receivers often feel relaxed but invigorated.
And Structural Bodywork?
As a structural bodyworker, I assess posture and the body’s alignment to identify any imbalances that could be contributing to dysfunction, pain, or decreased range of motion.
Assessing posture simply means that I review your structure as you stand in a neutral position.
I look for any number of imbalances, such as elevated shoulders, rotated ribs, forward head position, or basically anything that appears out of balance. I assess before and after treatment as a way to gauge progress and plan sessions.
Treatment is then directed at any perceived imbalances in an attempt to bring the body back into a neutral alignment. The goal is for the body to be balanced to decrease effort, pain, risk of injury, and dysfunction.
Techniques include myofascial release, trigger point therapy, positional release therapy, and facilitated stretching. The result is a targeted and focused treatment, which is generally somewhat engaging. The therapist relies on feedback and some participation to enhance the effectiveness of the techniques.
So, how do Thai massage and structural bodywork fit together?
The result is the best of two worlds! With the Western focus on structure, alignment, and targeted change I incorporate traditional Thai massage techniques. I take structural bodywork to the mat, combining assessment, Western concepts of fascia, and tangible results with the beautiful meditative qualities of traditional massage.
The result is relaxing and effective, rejuvenating and invigorating, and will leave you standing a little taller and ready to embrace the day!