6. Nuad Thai
- 5 years in business
- 25 hires on Thumbtack
"Summary for the impatient: I have had dozens of massages over the years, and this was best massage Ive ever had. Really.
. Many times I have lain atop a poorly laundered, oily sheet and been slathered with massage oils infused with aroma-therapeutic herbs that simultaneously invigorated/soothed my tired/tense spirit (rendering me aromatherapeuticly bipolar :-)). I generally left those massages just feeling greasy. In traditional Thai massage, no oil is used and the client wears loose comfortable clothing. Each massage begins with a clean and oil free sheet spread across a single bed sized foam pad.
IMHO, Thassanee Cross is no average massage practitioner; shes a massage therapist. She was trained twice: once at Wat Po (a respected school in Thailand, where she later served as an instructor) and again in Washington state (due to international certification bureaucracy). The diminutive Mrs. Cross is incredibly strong and adroitly varies her technique between gentle/superficial and so deep she could be massaging bone. She thoughtfully checked with me several times to make sure I was happy with the intensity.
Traditional Thai massage incorporates passive stretching where the therapist positions the body and gently stretches major muscle groups (think yoga for lazy people). After muscles have been warmed by her manipulation, it is the optimal time to stretch them. Thai massage leaves my muscles feeling refreshed and revitalized.
Relevant medical background: 25 years ago I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, which causes uncomfortable muscle tension and pain. Ive been getting a weekly massage for the past year or so, and after only a few sessions, my physical therapist and neurologist noticed and commented on the positive changes in my flexibility, mobility, and posture."