Any of the modalities can be combined if that is acceptable to both the practitioner and client. You need t try it and at times you need to let it grow on you to get the right feelings to emerge from massage.
Reflexology is an ancient somatic therapy using the foot, hands, and head to impact the whole body. It is a very strategic therapy that can target specific areas of organs and glands easily. The first benefit that you can experience is letting go of the mind! The feet can literally get you grounded and break that mental pattern.
The extremities have points that represent the whole body. Thus pressing on a point on the foot can activate an organ or area. It is often easy to know that there is a problem or stagnation when there is pain or temperature changes.
Every person responds differently to this treatment due to personal taste, mindsets, past experience, or simply the mood of the day.
However, this has proven to be so powerful to move the colon or release the spinal chord and among many others.
If you have stress or pains or digestive or diabetic or hormonal issues we can stimulate the organs, glands and invigorate the systems.
You can use it as a stand-alone or fused with other modalities to focus specifically or generally on well-being.
One female client felt like dynamite when the feet were energized, feeling the energy move up wonderfully from feet. Many can feel this energetic flux too, and it's wonderful.
THAI STRETCH MASSAGE
Thai is focused on stretchy movements guided by the practitioner to open up the body in a huge way with body parts and bones. One of the benefits is how well you will feel the stretch and it's a nice release.
It may be important to know your exercise regimen because some start by being very rigid not having done yoga or other eastern exercise or qi gong among others. Unfortunately letting go of your limbs is something that many learn as they go and it may be frustrating for some. I feel that this is a good and safe place to practice surrendering and letting go with the practitioners' leading.
You are not working you are just feeling and letting go...wonderful.
I love the large movements of this modality allowing more freedom and rawness. I practice it in a very mindful way to allow for more and more flexibility generally in the core and legs.
Awareness will help you know where energy is stuck and rigid. You can see which side is working better among other things. It is a totally different feeling to acupressure which is moving in too but very pointed to one acupressure point...
however, it is wonderful to mix many modalities together and get all the different sensations.
Thai massage is an acquired taste and it will be obvious if you appreciate it or not when you first try it. For the clients who like it however it is an incremental process where you appreciate it more and more...
Some like to stretch and some don't, it's that simple.
If you are aging or want to prevent aging and want to stay mobile I would suggest these small movements to help your hip and abdomen and legs stay mobile.
Some customers love to do lomi and thai together to take in the 2 different benefits of flow and mobility. You try it for yourself and gauge what feels right. It is available to help you loosen up those core areas or lower torso. I often also do thai foot massage to ensure your feet don't age because that is often where we age first.