Christopher O'Donnell
Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist
NC 7935

Urban Essentials

Massage & Wellness

Thai Massage & Bodywork Services

Tok Sen

Tok Sen is Thai for 'tapping the sen line.' It involves using wood blocks and pestles to tap together along the sen lines.  Sen is the energy line of the Thai medicine traditions and by applying this tapping technique along the lines, it sends vibrations deep into the structure of the body and releases spasms in the muscles, opens stagnant energy, reduces pain and much more.  It allows for free flow of movement throughout the body, physically, energetically, neurologically and emotionally. Tok sen can be a session on its own and involves a full alignment of sen energy using the taping techniques along with deep pressure point and acupressure techniques to aid.  Tok sen can also be added into a traditional table or Thai massage.   

Thai Foot Reflexology 


A form of foot massage that incorporates Reflexology and acupressure based on the Thai Meridian lines called Sen Lines.  They connect the feet with the entirety of the body, including muscles, organs, and nervous system. 


Thai Foot Reflexology, like Chinese Reflexology, can help with many afflictions such as activating internal organs, reducing stress and headaches, relieving physical pain and much more.  Unlike Chinese reflexology, Thai Foot Reflexology incorporates therapy from the knee down, no just pressure points,  giving a total, overall effect on your wellness. 







Traditional Thai Massage 


The healing art known as Nuad Boran (ancient massage) began to evolve well over two thousand years ago in present day Thailand as a form of Ayurvedic medicine taught in India. What is today called Thai Massage or Thai Yoga Massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure and energy balancing techniques, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures. The founding father of Thai massage is an Ayurvedic doctor named Jivaka Kumar Bhacca, who is revered to this day throughout Thailand as the Father of Medicine. Born in India during the time of the Buddha, he is mentioned in a variety of ancient documents for his extraordinary medical skills, for his knowledge of herbal medicine, and for having treated important people of his day, including the Buddha himself.


Among the common people, traditions were passed down orally, but the royal court probably kept ancient reference texts on the subject of traditional Thai medicine. Sadly, most of these were lost when Burmese invaders destroyed the old capital of Ayutthaya in 1767. The remaining fragments, however, were commissioned to be re-drawn as stone etchings by King Rama III in 1832, and today, over sixty such epigraphs displaying treatment points, herbal remedies and energy lines are on public display at the famous Wat Po temple complex in Bangkok.


The theoretical basis for traditional Thai healing is rooted in the belief that all forms of life are sustained by a vital force (lom) that is carried along invisible pathways (sen) that run through our bodies. This force is extracted from air, water and food, and it is believed that disease and dysfunction come about when blockages occur along these pathways. Accordingly, Thai Massage‚Äôs intent is to free this trapped energy, stimulate the natural flow of life-force, and maintain a general balance of wellness.  I describe to my clients that we will be creating space within the body, opening the joints, spine, and proper flow throughout the body systems to create a balance mind, body and spirit connection. 


Through assisted stretches, the body is able to be moved in ways that are difficult to attain through normal exercise and individual practice. Relaxed, deep breathing helps to bring about proper balance and a peaceful state of mind. The practice of Thai Massage is also a spiritual discipline since it incorporates the Buddhist principles of mindfulness (breath awareness) and loving kindness (focused compassion). The benefits of all these techniques, when shared by practitioner and client, help to bring the treatment session to a focused and profound level. The result of a full-body Thai session is often an exciting and powerful mind/body experience, bringing both the recipient and the practitioner to greater states of physical and mental well-being.



***The client is fully clothed on a cushioned floor mat.  Its best to wear long gym pants or PJs for pants and a loose T-shirt for a top.***