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The Bodywork Bistro is Boulder’s premier studio for thai massage and other forms of mat bodywork. Although probably the most well-known, thai massage is just one technique in an array of modalities that fall under the term “mat bodywork.” What ties them all together is that they are performed with the client fully clothed, lying on a mat on the floor.

What is Thai Massage?

In thai massage, also known as thai yoga massage, the practitioner uses his/her hands, feet, knees and legs to move the client’s body into a series of stretches reminiscent of yoga asanas (poses). Thai massage dates back to 2,500 years in Thailand, where it was developed by Buddhist monks. By stretching the client’s body and applying gentle pressure along his/her key energy points, the thai massage practitioner aims to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension, and balance the energy systems of the body.

Shiatsu – Another form of Mat Bodywork

Shiatsu is traditionally performed on a mat on the floor with the client fully clothed. Also know as acupressure, shiatsu is one branch of traditional Chinese Medicine. Like acupuncture, shiatsu focuses on energy points along the Chinese meridians of the body. However, instead of using needles on the points, a shiatsu therapist applies pressure to the points using his/her fingers, thumbs and/or palms to improve the flow of qi through the meridians.

HeartMind Qi Yoga Bodywork

HeartMind Qi Yoga Bodywork is a Boulder favorite at the Bodywork Bistro. It blends elements of both shiatsu and Thai Yoga massage, utilizing rhythmic compression along traditional acupuncture meridian lines and deep stretches. The purpose is to free up blocked energy to bring about deep relaxation and harmony within the client.

All of these styles of Mat Bodywork are available at our downtown Boulder location, both as pre-scheduled private sessions, or as drop-in sessions starting at 30 minutes in length.

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