As you may know a tight Piriformis muscle can literally be a pain in the behind! Working slowly into a proper stretch is key for treating the kind of radiating pain that can reach into the hips and buttocks when the Piriformis compresses the sciatic nerve. During a Thai Yoga Massage session, the stretches performed often directly impact this particular muscle.
It’s important as a Thai Yoga Massage therapist, sports massage therapist or any practitioner incorporating deep stretches, to be aware of different bodies and how to modify for them. Not everyone is going to feel something in the same way. The best way to determine where a client is feeling a stretch is to simply ask him to point to the area that feels the most stretch. This is a good way of taking out any chance for confusion if the person doesn’t know the name of the muscle.
In Thai Massage oftentimes a Pigeon stretch is the best way to get into the Piriformis muscle, similar to that in a Yoga class. However, there are times when a person may feel the stretch more deeply in the hamstring. The next best posture will be an assisted figure four. Again this is very similar to the known Yoga pose, but the client will use the therapist’s leg or knee to rest his straightened leg on.
With so many postures to choose from, a Thai Yoga Massage can be modified to benefit any body and this is an emphasis throughout the program at Denver Integrative Massage School.