When in Grand Forks, do as the Thai’s do – Relax

One thing that the Thai people do in relax and have regular massage sessions.  It may be at their local Temple or it may be at home.   It’s a large part of the Thai holistic healing approach to medicine.  Thai massage makes you more flexible, relaxed and energized.

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Lak working on her Father at home on the patio.

While we can’t offer you a Thai vacation, we can offer you authentic Thai Massage right here in Grand Forks, BC  all year long.  Sessions can be from 30 minutes to two hours with one hour being the most popular.

We strive to tailor each massage to the individual at a reasonable cost.  We offer free consultations, a discount card for those that come more often and  Senior’s discounts as well.

The Boundary Area’s Only Truly Authentic Thai Massage – Thai Owned, Operated and Trained

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Snow is Upon Us

The snow is upon us and with that brings skiing and other enjoyable outdoor activities.Snow-Shoveling-Lawn-Pride

It also brings that dreaded snow shoveling.   This activity although not as fun as some of the others in snow season can be just, if not more, taxing on our body and we would like to remind everyone to take it easy.  That’s advice we should all follow but often don’t.

Since the snow began to fall we’ve seen an increase in snow related complaints of pain and injury.  It’s a good idea to stretch a little before we set out on any winter adventure but few of us do.  This adds to the muscle strain increase we see at this time of the year as well as back and shoulder related issues from shoveling.

When the snow is heavy, like the other day, take it easy it puts tremendous stress on your heart even if you are in decent shape.  Just slow it down a bit, the snow isn’t going anywhere soon.

Here at Lanna Thai Massage we can’t fix medical issues like torn muscles but we can help in the recovery of those associated aches and pains.  Or better yet get you stretched out “before” you head to the hills.   Thai massage is one of the few disciplines that can actively stretch all your muscle groups and make you more flexible with gentle yet firm manipulation of joints and stretching of muscles.

 

 

 

 

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Sleep, Do we need more?

Fifty years ago our parents got on average 1.5 to 2 hours a night more sleep than we do now. I might not be the best person to bring this up though. I normally, Monday to Thursday, get about 6 to 6 1/2 hours, by Thursday morning I’m like the walking dead. I get up early to get my son’s breakfast ready before school. I obviously need more sleep.

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Most healthy adults need between 7 to 9 hours of sleep per night to function at their best and I need a around 8 to feel good. So at best in the first 4 days of the week I’m 6 to 8 hours sleep deprived. I have the advantage that I can have a cat nap in the afternoon but that only lasts for a short time so, I’m still sleep deprived.  Friday to Sunday I can sleep in and get maybe 9 hours but even then the tank isn’t full, it’s more like 1/3 empty.

It’s easy to take a good nights sleep for granted, and often we sacrifice it. How many times do we put off going to bed to watch the latest news or finish that movie; that all makes you sleep deprived.

We wanted to pass along the top reasons why you should get the best possible sleep you can, especially as we age.

  1. Getting six hours of sleep or less for long periods of time can increase by 48% the chance of developing or dying from coronary heart disease or increase your risk up to 15% dying from a stroke.
  2. While you sleep, your brain is hard at work repairing your body which helps you remember, learn and feel better. Lack of sleep can cause slowed reaction time and cause more work-related errors. Getting an appropriate amount of sleep can help you learn new tasks, make good decisions, and be more creative.
  3. When deprived of sleep, your body produces the hormone Ghrelin. Ghrelin sends hunger signals to your brain, making you think you need food and also suppresses the hormone Leptin which signals your brain you’re full. This can lead to a higher risk for obesity.

Fostering the healthy habit of regular sleep can pay off with dividends in nearly all areas of your life.  Making regular appointments with Lanna Thai Massage can be an effective, natural way to improve sleep. Massage, Meditation and Sound therapy all increase relaxation, promote the release of sleep-inducing hormones to help your body to feel better.  Good relaxing massages may be just what you need to live a more rested and healthy lifestyle.

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Benefits Of Thai Herbal Ball Massage

Thai herbal ball massage was long ago developed in Thailand to detoxify and relax the body in a single treatment. It combines the benefits of traditional Thai massage with the therapeutic powers of blended Thai herbs.

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Lanna Thai Massage uses balls handmade specifically for us in Chiang Mai, Thailand with a selection of therapeutic organic and naturally sourced herbs which are wrapped in a muslin cloth and tied into a ball. The ball is then steamed gently and applied to your body in mild pressing, circular and rolling movements.

The heat from the ball transfers the herbal essences and essential oils deep into your skin – resulting in the release of muscle tension, detoxification, and increase in body energy. Thai herbal ball massage potential benefits that go far beyond general relaxation and rejuvenation.

Healing Benefits Of Thai Herbal Ball Massage

- Improves blood circulation

Heat from the herbal ball helps to dilate the blood vessels which help in increasing the circulation of blood and oxygen in the body.

- Relieves joint and muscle pain

The different types of herbs used in the mixture of our Thai herbal ball are rich with analgesic and antiseptic properties. The healing effect of the herbs soothes muscle pain, while also relieving joint pain.

- Energizes your body

Thai herbal ball massage induce deep relaxation and eases the tension in your muscles and energizes and rejuvenates your body.

4. Promotes cell growth

The herbs used in the massage also have anti-inflammatory properties that sooth skin and joint inflammation.  Ball massage treatment cleanses your skin by promoting cell growth nourishes and revitalizes the skin.

5. Improves well-being

Thai massage in general releases the tension in your body, and when it is blended with a warm herbal ball massage, it further detoxifies your body releasing all stress and tension – bringing you in a peaceful and calm emotional state.

Thai herbal ball massage at Lanna Thai Massage is a totally relaxing treatment to unwind your body and rejuvenate it fully.

Call 250-442-1411 for Appointments.

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OMG Christmas is Coming, Christmas is Coming.

The countdown is on and we bet you didn’t want to hear that. It’s always such a hectic time of the year. As best we can, as a family, we personally try and buy our presents locally.  Buying local helps the economy and spreads the dollar out in our community to others who also spread it around. This helps us all build a strong and vibrant local economy and allows stores to bring in more diverse merchandise in the future. It’s a true win win situation.

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Here at Lanna Thai Massage we offer Gift Certificates for those hard to buy for folks, those that deserve some pampering or just that “Oh My Gosh” I forgot Aunt Edna moment.  Everyone loves to relax and feel good, that’s what we offer.

Give the gift everybody loves! Gift Certificates make a wonderful gift and Lanna Thai Massage makes it easy to give these to your friends and family.  Simply call us, at 250-442-1411, to purchase gift certificates.

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Oh My Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Now this is something I can relate to.   Probably more men complain about back problems and Sciatic pain than anything else.

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In Asian countries the problem is less prevalent in their older generation of men and women. They traditionally sit on the floor and use squat toilets. This constant large range of motion keeps older Asians much more flexible than their Western counterparts and that leads to less back problems.

So, what can be done?

Baring a medical problem like compressed or herniated disks which your doctor can diagnose, lots of other things can cause a sore back.

First and foremost, and we can not stress this enough, you have to know that the condition is not medical in nature.  Injury, a ruptured or herniated disk and acquired conditions are medical problems and can’t be fixed with massage of any kind.  That’s just an unfortunate fact. Things like pinched nerves or locked facet joints can be relieved to some extent with Thai Massage, acupressure, stretching and manipulation.

Most men over 40 complain of back problems it’s almost a fact of life. The good news is most of them don’t have major medical problems. Men tend to lift poorly over their lifetime which adds to the problem. They also do not to stretch as much as women and thus as men age become less flexible and tight.  It’s that flexibility and tightness that Thai Massage can target in very specific ways.  It works for women as well by the way, especially after childbirth, where the spine has been stressed for a long period of time.

Men tend to have very tight hamstrings and calves, the muscles at the back of your leg. When your hamstrings tighten it throws your pelvis out of alignment which in return puts your lower back out of alignment.

There is also condition called Piriformis syndrome. This condition causes the Piriformis muscle, located in the buttock region, to spasm and causes pain.  The condition can also irritate the nearby sciatic nerve and cause pain, numbness and tingling along the back of the leg and into the foot. In 30% of the population the sciatic nerve runs directly through the muscle and any injury to the Piriformis muscle causes it to swell and pinch the sciatic nerve.  The good news is Piriformis Syndrome can be diagnosed by anyone with a 30 second test.  By manipulating your legs and making the leg muscles more flexible and elongated the stress on your lower back is relieved and the pain goes away. Unfortunately unless you continue to stretch on a regular basis it comes back.

Thai Massage is incredibly good for increasing flexibility by gently massaging and assisting in the stretching out of the muscles. If you could put your hands on the floor when you were a kid but now you can’t or can hardly touch the floor your leg muscles are too tight.

Thai Massage can help you over time to relieve a lot of the discomfort caused by lower back pain as Massage releases your natural endorphins. Those endorphins are released and help block pain signals from registering with your brain.

There are also things that you can do to stretch out your hamstrings and calves.  We can give you exercises to help at home.  Right after a hot bath is a good time as the heat relaxes your muscles. Take some Yoga classes or just go for a walk. With the help of Thai massage you can be feeling much better in no time at all.

Feel free to call us  250-442-1411 and discus any problems you are having.

By Marty Menzies
Alternate therapies are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from your physician

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Is Thai Foot Massage different from Reflexology?

This is a question that we are often asked.  The main difference between Thai Foot Massage and Reflexology is the emphasis on massage with the Thai treatment.

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Reflexology is about working on individual reflex points with some gentle massage techniques. Where Thai Foot Massage is the use of massage to open up and encourage the flow in the Sen energy channels.  Thai Foot Massage covers all the reflexology points by thoroughly massaging the lower leg, feet and ankles.  Thai Foot Massage follows a set routine that promotes a feeling of well being.

Thai Foot Massage is superior as it works the muscles and joints of the lower legs and feet to anything else, if you find yourself with achy and painful feet or legs at the end of the day, try Thai Foot Massage.

By Marty Menzies
Alternate therapies are not a substitute for seeking medical advice from your physician
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