Spa Trends Include Offering Yoga and Massage
Treatments that combine massage and yoga with “Pilates-like overtones” are one of the key emerging themes in the consumer spa experience, according to the International Spa Association’s 2004 Consumer Trends Report. Spa professionals believe that this trend may encourage more consumers to consider the regular combination of fitness programs with massage therapy.
One such combination is Thai massage (also known as “ancient massage”), which, like most Asian methods, is a technique used to provide a total-body experience. Similar to acupressure and Shiatsu combined with stretches and yogic asanas, it has been called “yoga for the lazy.” Along with influencing the energetic side, Thai massage combines techniques like trigger point treatments, myofascial techniques and manual therapy, usually found isolated in Western physical therapy practice.
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