Visiting Mass Metta

What does metta mean?

It is said that giving a Thai Yoga Massage is a physical expression of metta, a Sanskrit word meaning “loving kindness”. Metta is the essence of this practice and the foundation of massage therapy as a form of healthcare.

How do I get there?

Mass Metta is located at the Sanctuary Lofts at 60 Tufts Street Unit 8, Somerville, MA 02145. There is a free parking spot just steps from the door of this private practice. If taking the T, it is a short walk from Sullivan Station or Assembly Station (Orange Line). Convenient bus routes include the 80, 90, and 88.

Do I need to fill out paperwork?

Yes, you will need to fill out a brief health history form upon your first visit to Mass Metta Massage and Yoga.  Though massage and yoga are appropriate for most, they are not appropriate for people with certain health conditions. I will need to know if you are currently under a physician’s care for a health condition or injury and you should be prepared to list and discuss any medications you are taking.

What’s the difference between Swedish and Deep Tissue massage?

In short, they are one in the same. I will apply as much pressure as is appropriate for your muscles and your comfort. Your massage should be relaxing whether the pressure is very light or very deep. These massages are performed on a table, under linens.  

I allow time before your massage to discuss pressure (or any other concerns you may have) as well as time after your massage for feedback. My goal is to provide focused treatments tailored to your individual needs. 

What’s the difference between Swedish and Thai Yoga Massage?

Though these two modalities share many of the same benefits, the approach is quite different. To begin with, Thai Yoga Massage (TYM) is performed on a mat, in comfortable clothes whereas in Swedish Massage (SM), the client is on a table, under linens. 

About Thai Yoga Massage (TYM)

What is TYM?

Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient bodywork offering the benefits of both massage and yoga in one. Sometimes referred to as “lazy man’s yoga” , the practitioner guides the recipient into various postures and massages along the body’s energy lines.  In this way, TYM is as much a physical therapy as it is an energetic one. 

In your session, you will receive a full-body massage tailored to your needs.  It is important to know that I use my feet and legs as well as my arms and hands throughout the treatment.

In addition to palming and thumbing techniques, TYM incorporates rhythmic motion, stretching, and, breathwork in an effort to coax the recipient into a deeply relaxed or meditative state.  Not only does TYM promote relaxation and stress reduction, but it also helps to relieve muscle tension and pain, improve mobility and muscle tone, reduce joint stiffness, and revitalize internal systems.

What is the history of TYM?

Thai Yoga Massage is a sister science to yoga and is rooted in the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda.  The founding father of TYM was a yogi and physician named Jivaka Kumarbhaccha who lived 2,500 years ago.  Dr. Jivaka treated many kings and princes but his most important patient was the Buddha.

When Buddhism spread to Southeast Asia, so did Ayurvedic practices.  India’s form of therapeutic massage developed in Thai Buddhist temples over the course of many centuries. Perhaps the most famous of these temples is the Wat Po in Bangkok.  Today, the Wat Po serves not only as a health care facility but as a school and research center for TYM.

Do I have to be familiar with yoga to enjoy TYM?

No. The massage therapist is your guide and will transition you into the postures. Your job is simply to relax.

If you are interested in beginning a yoga practice, TYM can serve as a wonderful introduction.  If you are already an experienced yogi or yogini, TYM can enhance your practice.

Do I have to be flexible to benefit from TYM?

No. One of the many benefits of TYM is improved flexibility and range of motion so if these are areas of weakness for you, TYM can help.

What should I wear for TYM?

You can wear loose, comfortable clothing like you would wear to the gym or to a yoga class.  Full or 3/4 length pants work better than shorts.  Also, most clients prefer T-shirts to sleeveless shirts or tank tops.

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