Michael Hait is a NYS Licensed Massage Therapist practicing bodywork since 2013. His ﬁrst experience with massage was seeking pain relief from a repetitive motion injury. Realizing the profound impact that these sessions had, he began attending The Center for Natural Wellness School of Massage Therapy in Albany, NY. Michael started his practice oﬀering therapeu9c table massage with a blend of Swedish/relaxation, deep tissue, and craniosacral techniques.
In 2017, Michael began the process of broadening his prac9ce and approach to bodywork. A traditional Thai Yoga Massage course with Itzhak Helmen in Sweden inspired a year abroad delving into more bodywork on the mattress. He traveled to Chiang Mai, Thailand to study at the Sunshine School of Massage in the lineage of Asokanada. Encouraged by Itzhak to con9nue, he reconnected with him in Laos to study OsteoThai with Arno L’HermiNe and Zoltan Gyorgyovics. During his months of study with Zoltan, Michael was fortunate to study Wuo Tai with Roland and Natalie Combes in Slovenia, Switzerland and France.
Michael is grateful for the opportuni9es to travel, study, and grow with some of the most advanced bodywork practitioners. He looks forward to oﬀering sessions with the intention of relaxation, reducing stress, and creating space to facilitate self-healing through blending all the techniques he continues to learn, explore, and build upon.
Thai Yoga Massage
Thai yoga massage is an ancient healing art based on the principles of yoga philosophy. The prac99oner uses the physical body as a tool to access the subtle bodies to bring healing and balance to the physical, mental, and spiritual self. The foundation is built from the Sen lines, or Sen sip, thought to be energy pathways of life-giving breath through the body. Sen sip can be visualized as canals, channels, or pathways through which Vital Energy is distributed. In Thailand it is known as Lom Pran and is recognized by others as Prana, Wind, Chi, Qi, or Universal Energy.
The application of rhythmic pressure on therapeutic points and energy lines can release blockages and restore energy to its natural ﬂow. The mindful stretching of muscles and joint manipulation can reach diﬀerent body layers, also known as Koshas. Performed with awareness, equanimity, and meNa, these sessions facilitate release on an emotional, energe9c, and physical level. For me, Thai massage is a mutual moving media9on that inspires powerful exchanges beneﬁting both giver and receiver.
A bridge between bodywork philosophies of the East and West, OsteoThai combines the creative and powerful approach of Thai yoga massage with osteopathic principles. Long powerful stretches, dynamic movement, and acupressure are used in coordination with the precise and gentle touch techniques practiced in osteopathy. Focusing on release of tissue tension through work on restrictions of mobility on a boney, myofascial, visceral, and craniosacral level. Appreciating the interconnectedness of the human being.
Wuo Tai is a form of bodywork therapy founded by French Osteopath, Roland Combes and his partner, Nathalie Combes. Based on the principles of Osteopathy and moved to a mat on the ﬂoor, this is a deep and transformative osteopathic dance. Wuo Tai invites the mixing of elliptical movements to two on the ground, at the border between the movement gestures of yesterday and today.
On an anatomical and embryological level, Wuo Tai is part of the neutrality and freedom of the myriads of tissues that make up our being. The construction of the sequences is based on a frame of the I Ching dating back to the dawn of Chinese civilization. It adapts from the densest tissues (bones) to the lightest substances (CSF) combining yoga, osteopathy, and internal mar9al arts. It dissolves the limits of the ﬁeld of ac9on of two-person disciplines. A starting pivot point of an exploration encompassing all which is and is not. The gestures of Wuo Tai invite the giver to meet the receiver where they are and unwind in gentle ﬂuid dance of the fascia.
The core purpose of a Swedish, or classical massage, is to deliver optimal relaxation to clients through a combination of massage intensities and techniques. Composed of soothing touch and strokes of varying lengths in alignment with the blood returning towards the heart. Based on the concepts of anatomy as well as physiology, the classical massage oﬀers clients a customized massage routine incorporating both gentle and slow strokes, moments of stillness, or intense and rigorous massaging depending upon the ultimate objective of the session.
Deep Tissue massage is a type of massage therapy that focuses on realigning deeper layers of muscles and connective tissue. It is especially helpful for chronic aches and pains and contracted areas such as s9ﬀ neck and upper back, low back pain, leg muscle tightness, and sore shoulders. Some of the same strokes are used as classic massage therapy, but the movement is slower, and the pressure is deeper and concentrated on areas of tension and pain in order to reach the sub-layer of muscles and the fascia (the connective tissue surrounding muscles).
Craniosacral techniques are gentle hands-on techniques that use light touch and holds to examine membranes and movement of the ﬂuids in and around the central nervous system. It is a very subtle but profound approach that helps to relieve tension in the central nervous system, while promoting a feeling of well-being.
Swedish/Relaxation | Deep Tissue | Craniosacral Techniques
Focus Table Sessions $90
For those coming in with one or two specific chronic and/or acute issues that they would like to be addressed. A focus session is not a full body massage. It is customized to target the areas of focus requested by the client.
Full Table Session $160
Full table sessions are a patient and thorough approach to bodywork, reinforcing the value of touch for the whole body. Allowing for unrushed moments of therapeutic focus, stillness, and deep relaxation. Runs approximately two hours.
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