You should expect a relaxing and rejuvenating experience. Come dressed in loose fitting clothing like pajamas or yoga paints. You can also allow time prior to your session for changing into traditional Thai massage clothing that we provide. The massage session will be performed on a thin floor mattress to allow maximum comfort and mobility during the session. To Start, your practitioner will kneel at your feet in a "wai" (prayer like) position. This is a sign of respect for the guest. At the end of your massage you will be completely relaxed and refreshed. A number of guests report that they have fallen asleep or are amazed at how relaxed they became with the progression of the massage. You should always double your water intake for 48 hours after your session to help the detoxification process of your muscles and report any medical conditions to your practitioner prior to your session. Try to refrain from eating at least 1-hour prior to your session.
Traditional Thai massage is always performed on a comfortable floor mat to provide for maximum mobility that allows the practitioner to utilize their body weight. The guest is fully clothed and no oils are required.
Western style massages require the guest to undress for oils to be applied to the body and the massage is most often performed on a table. Western massage will typically focus on a specific area of the body where the guest has a given concern. Thai massage always performs work on the entire body addressing the guest's overall well being to help the body function at its highest levels..
Additionally, Thai massage uses point pressure to open energy lines or "sens" in the body as diagramed throughout Asian culture. The energy work is combined with stretching techniques to open the guests body creating a relaxing and simultaneously invigorating experience. A Thai massage practitioner may utilize their hands, elbows, knees, or feet throughout the massage. Rest assured Thai massage is never painful. Western massage mainly focuses on kneading of muscular tissue through compression and various hand movements.
Thai massage has been practiced for well over 2500 years, kept in its traditional form, and is becoming increasingly popular in the West.
We always suggest that each of our guests start out with a 90-minute Traditional Thai massage. In Thailand a Thai massage can last 2 hours or more depending on the individuals needs. We like to start each of our guests with at least a 90-minute Traditional Thai massage so that there is time to perform bodywork over the entire body and have time to focus on the areas that need more attention.
The Thai's understand that a problem in the back, for example, is related to issues else where in the body. In order to fully address a problem area in the back its important to also spend time on the legs, arms and neck. We have seen significant results that benefit our guests when they schedule sessions for 90-minute or greater.
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A Royal Thai Herbal massage is another popular type of Thai massage, and is a truly unique experience. Stretching, point pressure and hot herbal compresses combine to provide the utmost in muscular and mental relaxation. The blend of traditional Thai herbs used in this massage has a relaxing and simultaneously invigorating effect on the body and mind, soothing sore and over-worked muscles, while giving a boost for the body's energy level.
Hot compresses are also excellent for stiff, sore or pulled muscles and ligaments, back pain, arthritis, chronic pain or injury, disorders of the internal organs, skin diseases, migraines, and chronic stress or anxiety. Herbs for the compresses are blended with attention to the therapeutic needs of the individual, and are heated in an herbal steamer. Hot herb bundles are applied to the body during a massage session.
A Soothing foot massage or reflexology is the art of applying pressure to various points on the foot to affect functions throughout the body. The Thai Institute practices a combination of Chinese and Thai reflexology that uses special lotions imported from Thailand . The lotions are applied to the lower half of the leg and various stroking movements and point pressure is used to increase circulation to the lower legs and feet while relaxing the entire body. You will melt away while resting comfortably during you massage. Afterward the massage you will feel like you are walking on air......
Guests enjoy this treatment by itself or combined with another treatment. You will love it either way.
Get ready for the best of both worlds. This massage is performed on a plush massage table. You will be undressed to your comfort level and draped with fresh linen. We use herbal lotions to glide our hands over your body during the massage. This helps to relax the muscles and assist us in delivering a highly therapeutic massage in either 60- or 90-minutes. The East West massage is the best of both worlds. We use our unique and specialized skills from Eastern massage techniques combined with western massage techniques to create a highly therapeutic and rejuvenating experience for you.
We want you to feel completely at ease when scheduling with us and we want you to feel confident that you will receive a quality treatment on each visit. We are proud of our highly qualified Professional Practitioners and want to show you our confidence that you will be 100% SATISFIED after your treatment. If you are not happy with your treatment by a Professional Practitioner, YOU DO NOT PAY FOR IT. We know its unheard of but feel its important to further illustrate our commitment to each guest.
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Yes, many insurance companies cover massage therapy services. Check with your plan benefits to determine if your plan covers massage therapy. If so, we will provide you with everything you need to submit a claim to your insurance provider.
Health Spending Accounts
As far as we've determined, all health spending accounts (HSA) will allow you to apply your pretax dollars towards massage. Some companies refer to this as a flexible spending account, flex saver, medical savings account, etc. The idea is that you place pretax dollars into an account to be used for medical expesensive outside of those that insurance covers.
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The Thai Institute and our massage center Touch of Asia in Sterling, VA are set apart by our customer service, high quality massage, ability to help you address your specific health goals with massage therapy and innovation in the field. We stand alone in our unmatched quality in all departments of providing massage therapy.
These are easy words for any massage establishment to say however we actually live up to these words in all that we do. Washingtonian Magazine has rated Touch of Asia among the top within the Washington DC area. They sent undercover reporters into 100 massage centers and spas across the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington DC area to determine who delivered the best services. Touch of Asia was in the top and was prestigiously acknowledged for our quality care. In fact, Touch of Asia and the Thai Institute is the massage center in which many local massage centers attempt to model their practices and compare themselves to us as the leader in the field.
We have earned praise from the following publications and have top ratings on all the internet review sites.
Washingtonian Magazine 2013: Great Day Spas 2013: Our 12 Favorite Massages
Washingtonian Magazine 2010: Have Less Stress - Get a Relaxing Massage Voted Top 3 Places to Visit
City Voter - Washington, DC: Best Massage
Washington Post: Feel the Pull of Thai Massage
Loudoun Times Mirror: Touch of Asia brings ancient massage practice to Sterling
Washington Post: Get Out: Try Thai Massage
Massage Magazine: What should I look for in a Thai Massage Instructor, Teacher or School?
Massage Magazine: What Good is History to a Massage Therapist, Anyways?
Massage Magazine: Thai Massage: More than Just a Spa Treatment
The Thai Institute and Touch of Asia will continue to provide high quality massage therapy services to the local community. You will always see us on top with a solid reputation of consistently delivering quality services. We welcome you to experience a Thai Institute massage.