Should You Go For A Massage Right After Drinking? Read To Find Out.

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Should You Go For A Massage Right After Drinking?


Read To Find Out. 

A long week of busy work schedules

and other commitments exhaust us, both mentally and physically. What comes to mind when you think of relaxing over the weekend in NYC? A few glasses of your favorite cocktail followed by a soothing massage may sound perfect for unwinding, but you should avoid combining the two. The next time you are looking for online massage booking in NYC after enjoying a few drinks, remember, your massage therapist would never recommend mixing booze and massage.

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Why should you avoid getting a massage right after drinking?


Massage has a powerful effect on your body, and so does alcohol.  
The two do not complement each other in a healthy way.

Let’s understand the effects of both on the body.

Effects of massage:

  1. Massage induces deep relaxation, reduces the stress hormone, such as cortisol, levels, boosts happy hormones like serotonin and dopamine, and also helps lower blood pressure.
  2. Your massage therapist encourages you to stay hydrated after the massage because the body sheds excess fluids at a faster pace post a massage.
  3. Massage pushes out toxins from your muscles to the bloodstream. If you are intoxicated already, getting a massage may heighten alcohol’s negative effects.

Effects of alcohol:

  1. Alcohol has dehydrating effects. If you have ever had a hangover headache, you already know that.
  2. Excessive drinking weakens the immune system. Did you know a single binge-drinking event may limit the ability of your body to protect you from infections for the next 24 hours?
  3. When you drink, it dilates your blood vessels. So, the alcohol moves through the bloodstream, which increases the blood alcohol level.
  4. Alcohol also compromises cognitive reasoning, impairing your reflexes, hampering coordination, and limiting motor control.

Here’s what happens when the two are mixed:

  • Intensified hangover symptoms– As alcohol and massage both can induce a dehydrating effect, you feel extremely thirsty and badly hungover. But if you wake up with a bad hangover, do look for online massage booking in
    NYC 
    because massage can be a great hangover remedy.
  • Numbed senses– Like massage, alcohol also helps you relax, but don’t combine the deep relaxation induced by a massage with alcohol’s numbing sense. When under the influence, you won’t be in touch with your body, making it difficult for your therapist and yourself to judge the right pressure.
  1. Canceling of positive effects– While massage enhances your immune system, excessive drinking weakens it. You basically cancel out a vital health benefit of the massage.
  2. Escalated drunkenness– Massage improves circulation, and alcohol travels through the bloodstream. Alcohol will hit the bloodstream pretty quick and remain longer if you get a massage while you are drunk.

Final Note

A massage practitioner will definitely suggest you come back later if you show up visibly intoxicated. A mimosa or a glass of wine before the massage may be okay, but nothing more. Typically, you should wait for a minimum of four hours before getting a massage after alcohol consumption.

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How we do Thai Massage

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How we do Thai Massage

Learn how to position the receiver.

I initially learned how to position the receiver by studying teachers who had learned from their teachers all of the classic moves in a sequence. I continued to add to these whenever I was fortunate enough to visit a practitioner who used additional techniques that were new to me. The best learning experiences included techniques that helped resolve issues within myself, especially those of which I was not even aware I had until after they were erased by the bodywork. From there I studied Yoga, which helped me understand the connections between the positions and what they can address.
In many cases, specific positioning also exposes easier access to the structures that need therapy the most. Ease of access is critical when addressing deeper layers and levels. The more we struggle to get in, the more difficult it can be for the recipient to yield to it.

Learn how to position yourself.

I began to learn proper body mechanics kind of late in life, but better late than never. In massage school, the teachers always helped us see ways to improve our posture and ergonomics. In Thailand, one of the schools that I attended offered Tai Chi practice together every day before class. When I came back to New York I eventually found a Tai’ Chi teacher and studied it for 4 years. Once I began to take these lessons seriously and plug them into how I moved during a Thai Massage session, I noticed a more significant impact on the receiver while reducing the stress on myself.

If your work is difficult, this means that you are not seeing something about the first two considerations 

It takes minimal effort to have a profound effect if you are in proper contact with the person you are working with. Use your body weight rather than muscle power.  Wait for your intended development to take place. Pay attention to changes and react to what you find out.

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Buddhist Medicine

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Think of Traditional Thai medicine as a multi-national “Soup” with a robust animistic foundation.

The recipe draws from the regional practices of people who occupied the region we now know as Thailand before the migration of people from southern China who also contribute to the stew.  Another strong flavor in the “Soup” is the Indian medical knowledge coming through the area because it exists along popular trade routes between India and China. 

Massage and herbal healing remedies are likely as old as the human race.

After hunter-gatherers came home with aching limbs, their mates presumably tried to rub away muscles’ soreness and the stiffness in joints. While foraging abroad, people likely discovered that some plants had helpful qualities beyond satisfying their hunger. Over time, the knowledge was refined and passed down, first orally from generation to generation.

In the part of the world we now know as Thailand,

there is evidence that people existed earlier than almost anywhere in the world. According to the story, Samut Khoi, (Thai: สมุดไทย, [sā. mùt tʰāj]) were produced. These are a type of folding-book manuscript that were historically widely used in many Buddhist cultures, including Cambodia, Laos, Sri Lanka, and Thailand, and in Myanmar, where they are known as parabaik. As trade and relations began to develop between villages, then city-states, and finally kingdoms, this knowledge was shared and adopted. 

Traditional Thai Medicine…

persist, all components must receive equal support and consideration. To master TTM, the concepts you should study are: 
The threefold division into the essences of a human being. Three essences: body, energy, and mind/heart. Each branch of Traditional Thai Medicine focuses on one of these while their goals and effects overlap. For example, herbs and diet not only heal the body, they also help purify the mind. Thai massage makes contact with the physical body, but the benefits extend into the mental and spiritual spheres.  
Chitta, or the mind/heart of a being, in the realm of Buddhist practice and native folk beliefs that have persisted despite the mainstream Buddhist religion.    Lom or Lifeforce. Pran in Thai and Prana in Sanskrit. Thai massage and yoga, whose movements are designed to optimize the flow of vital energies in the body, concern themselves with unblocking and maintaining the pathways.

Legend tells us that Thai medicine’s origin ultimately traces back to Shivagakomarpaj,

a historical figure who served as a physician to the Buddha’s Sangha (community of monks and nuns). Although he was a minor personality in the scriptures, Shivago holds a deified status in Thai Buddhism. He is lauded throughout the country as the Father Doctor, and statues of him appear alongside the Buddha’s on nearly every healing practitioner’s altar everywhere you go.  At the Grand Palace entrance, we see a figure of the divine physician overlooking the area. Also referred to as Shivago, the guardian spirit Traditional Thai Medicine practitioners pay homage to was an Ayurvedic practitioner who treated the Buddha and is considered the father of Thai traditional medicine.  

Respect for the teacher.

masters who have kept the tradition alive. The devotee makes offerings (usually incense) and recites the mantra at an altar, taking care never to turn his or her back on it after the ceremony. The wai khru which opens with the words Om Namo Shivago, is performed in schools and massage facilities throughout the land.

Ruesri Dat Ton

Unknown to many, Thailand has its own version of yoga-like stretches known as ruesri dat ton or ” hermit’s self-stretching.” These exercises are similar to Hatha Yoga, and a link between the two is obvious.  A number of schools in the country still teach this little-known gem of Traditional Thai Medicine even though many locals themselves are unfamiliar with it.  A master of Thai Yoga called a ruesri or rishi was traditionally the same as an ascetic, hermit, seer, etc. who practiced meditation and developed the powers on the path to spiritual realization. The ruesri are depicted as a hermit wearing a tiger’s skin, symbolic of his accomplishments and mastery. Some have suggested that Thai massage originated in individual yoga practices such as Ruesri Dat Ton and Hatha Yoga. Many Thai massage positions do resemble yoga poses.  

 

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