Joe Ingraffia - Thai Massage

I have been interested in fitness and health for most of my life.  My passion began when I was about 7 years old and ran 2 miles in the morning during the sunrise.  Afterwards, I felt strong and energized and I learned that exercise can have positive effects on my body and mind.  I have also received many massages throughout my life to help me do the things I enjoy like running.  After I received my first Thai Massage, I decided this type of therapy could benefit many people.  I inquired about the training and enrolled at Thai Bodywork School of Thai Massage in Evanston.

In addition to practicing Thai Massage, I am a Certified Personal Trainer.  When I am not helping my clients develop strong, flexible, and sound bodies, you will likely see me running, biking, or hiking on the local trails and most recently on my Stand Up Paddle board in Lake Michigan.   I have completed over a dozen marathons.  I also participate in many cross-training activities including functional weight training, yoga, and tai chi.  Running, cross-training, and receiving monthly Thai Massages are a few of the therapies that help me do the things I love in everyday life such as caring for my family, eating nutritious food, and exploring nature.  I am blessed to be able to share my gift as a bodyworker to help people maintain and improve their health.

Therapists have been practicing Thai Massage & Bodywork in Thailand for more than 2500 years.  It is a total body, holistic treatment that focuses on gentle and rhythmic pressure along the “sen” or energy lines of the body, passive-assisted stretching, joint compression and decompression, and range of motion work.  Like other forms of Eastern healing, it focuses on releasing stagnant energy and facilitating the flow of energy.  Stagnant energy can cause discomfort or disease, and free-flowing energy can improve your vitality and health. 

Sometimes it is called Thai "Yoga" Massage because of the therapeutic postures that simulate yoga asanas.  Working with your breath, I move you into deep yoga postures that otherwise could take years of practice to achieve on your own.  Thai asanas along with muscle compression and trigger point pressure can relieve pain, increase your range of motion, and improve your health. 

Expect a positive and rejuvenating experience! Come dressed in comfortable, loose fitting clothing.  Sessions are performed on a Thai floor mat to allow for adequate pressure and mobility.  I use my hands, elbows, knees and feet to apply pressure to your entire body.  This rhythmic pressure combined with breath work and passive-assisted stretching will leave you feeling strong and invigorated.