Inaccessible to the hands, back musculature often falls prey to freeloading Kick Me signs and hitchhiking parrots. Liberate a beleaguered back with today's Groupon: for $49, you get a 90-minute Thai massage at Sher-Thai Massage (a $100 value). This service is available by appointment only.
Massage therapist Sherri Battle of Sher-Thai Massage promotes mind-body wellness with three Thai styles of massage to pamper muscles with a combination of acupressure, stretching, and yogic elements. The Traditional Northern Thai massage variant emphasizes gentle stretching, using rhythmic rocking and compression to add a mantra-like meditative quality to the session as muscles rain waves of bear hugs down on weary skeletons. Alternatively, clients seeking a more intense treatment may opt for the Nerve Touch treatment, a therapeutic style that focuses on deep-tissue manipulation to relieve chronic soreness. To involve even more senses in the luxuriant massage experience, the Thai Herbal massage aims to soothe with aromatic, steamed packs designed to loosen the muscles and pamper the olfactories, preparing limbs for stretches, pressure-point work, and attempts to push the boundaries of known yoga positions.
Massage therapist Sherri Battle began her education stateside, but her pursuit of authentic Thai-massage techniques eventually led her to the modality’s birthplace—either Thailand or the maternity ward. While abroad, Sherri studied under two bodywork masters, one specialiazing in a type of deep-tissue work known as “nerve touch,” and the other well-versed in northern Thai methods. Sherri eventually loaded her new knowledge into her suitcase, perhaps with miniature shampoo and soap, and returned home to found Sher-Thai Massage. The signature treatment Sherri now uses was pioneered in the third or second century BC by a physician and rumored confidant of Buddha. Based on a matrix of sen lines, which conduct energy throughout the body, the technique releases built-up energy that can cause pain and disease with a blend of acupressure, gentle stretching, and assisted yoga maneuvers. She sometimes augments her treatments with steamed herb packs or a reflexology massage, which only targets the reflex points that connect to the entire body.
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Sacramento, California 95816