Healthy joints have many distinct movement patterns including flexion and extension, left and right lateral flexion, and left and right rotation. When we have a poor posture or live sedentary lives and fail to move through our full range of motion regularly, the muscles of the torso become rigid and resist healthy movement.
Thai Massage reactivates each joint by moving them through their respective potential movements. This movement helps lubricate the joints by improving the flow of lymph, synovial fluid, and cerebrospinal fluid which, in turn, increases muscular relaxation and elasticity and reduces the effects of adhesions. The increased fluid movement also transports body wastes from within the muscles reducing aches and soreness.
Thai massage also reorients damaged muscle fibre. Healthy muscle fibres flow along a grain, similar to wood, and connect the two ends of the muscle for easy contraction and resiliency. But scar tissue or tissue created by heavy strength training without proper stretching resembles more of a patchwork formation. Fortunately, when the muscle tissue is stretched, the stretch goes all the way to a cellular level that allows the fibres to orient themselves along the grain of the muscle.