Jess Crutchfield

Colorado-Based Thai Bodywork Practitioner and Yoga Teacher

About Thai Bodywork

 

Touch is an integral part of our everyday life, yet how often to we take a moment to connect with it, our body, and our mind? It is a key element in our health, but in the fast-paced society we live in, we often lose touch with our mind and body, making it difficult to be present with our self and with others.

 

Thai Bodywork (sometimes called Thai Yoga Massage or Thai Massage) is a healing practice that is distinguished by its inherent life force. Between the practitioner and the receiver, a beautiful exchange of energies takes place as if in a dance. The experience is unlike any other massage modality, as it incorporates yoga-like movements and stretches while the practitioner simultaneously applies direct pressure to your body. The sessions are therapeutic, wherein the practitioner cultivates unconditional loving touch (metta) with each receiver – this creates a safe space and a sacred container for deep healing to occur and for a meditative state to be reached. The results of the session are both immediate and long lasting.
 

Thai Bodywork is an ancient holistic bodywork modality, said to pre-date Buddha, rooted in the belief that all true healing comes from within. The session includes acupressure, muscle compression, joint mobilization, assisted yoga postures, energy work, and breath work to treat the body on both a physical and energetic level. Thai medicine is similar to Chinese medicine, focusing on the flow of energy through the body’s sen lines (or meridians). To promote the flow of energy through your sen, the practitioner applies direct or rhythmic pressure to your muscles, listening for the body’s reaction to pressure and its limits. Ultimately, our aim is to move stagnant energies and heal blockages so that the receiver may feel released of both physical and mental tension to increase their well-being and mind-body connection.
 

What sets a Thai Bodywork session apart from other bodywork modalities is that the receiver lays fully clothed on a well-padded mat on the floor. Without any lotions or oils, the practitioner uses only their hands, forearms, elbows, knees, and feet to move your joints through their ranges of motion, stretch your muscles, and apply direct massaging pressure.  In one session you may be lying on your belly, on your back, on your side, or even sitting upright. True Thai massage treats the entire body, and this is why longer 90-minute sessions are the standard length. The practice is not recommended for pregnant women in the final stages of pregnancy, nor for people with serious circulatory problems, recent surgeries, or other serious injuries – be sure to communicate this with your practitioner.
 

In one Thai Bodywork session you will receive the same benefits of yoga, massage, and energy work all together. This may mean you could experience an increase in range of motion and flexibility, inner organ massage and fluid mobility, blood oxygenation, increased energy, stress reduction, increased circulation, and a centering of the mind and body. By aligning the energies of the body, one will leave the session feeling relaxed, stretched, and nurtured.

Thai Bodywork is Great for:

Relieving Stress, Anxiety, & Depression
Increasing Mobility, Flexibility, & Range Of Motion
Improving Circulation & Blood Oxygenation
Energy Clearing
Fascial Manipulation & Release
Increasing Self-Love & Compassion
Releasing Stiffness & Tension
Improving Lung Capacity & Breathing
Centering The Mind & Body

About Jess

Jess Crutchfield’s natural leadership, confident yet soft voice, and expertise of music and the body make her an exceptional teacher of yoga. With a background in instrumental music education, she now is known for her skillful presence as a teacher of Yoga in the classrooms of studios, workplaces, and public schools, and especially for playing the harmonium during mantra and meditation in her classes. She is a devoted daily practitioner of yoga and has completed a 200hr Hatha Raja yoga teacher training of the Sri Dharma Mittra lineage under Gabrielle Sulc, has studied extensively with her gurus and mentors Martha McAlpine and Kia Miller, and is registered with Yoga Alliance. Jess specializes in teaching Kriya Yoga, Hatha Yoga, children's yoga, and Thai Bodywork workshops and series. In June 2020, Jess moved from Baltimore, Maryland to Broomfield, Colorado, nestled in the foothill suburbs outside Boulder and the Rocky Mountains. Find her teaching in the Boulder and in Denver areas!


Her dedicated focus is to educate others by raising awareness of the self from the inside-out, through creating classes and workshops for students, teachers, and practitioners of all kinds seeking this deeper connection. This commitment to bringing healing and awareness to the world is supported by Jess’s encouragement of her students to align with their body and mind through conscious breath both on, and off the mat. 


“The body has an incredible, innate capacity to heal itself, if only given the chance.”

 
 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

I received the great blessing of two Thai Bodywork sessions with Jess. This was my first Thai Bodywork experience. I initially wondered whether it would be a good fit- what I found was that it was some of the most comprehensive bodywork I have ever received- so thorough in its reach. I come from the experience of complex trauma. I have worked with many bodyworkers of many different types across the years, of varying skill levels and mastery. Jess stands out as an exceptional, master bodyworker. What struck me most about her offering is the extraordinarily, deep listening that she offers through her entire being. I felt her so there for me, that I was able to relax into the deep invitation being offered to embody parts of myself, integrate parts of myself that had previously been unwilling, disconnected, or unable. This isn’t superficial, feel good, body work that gives you a high for a day or two; this is deep work, that necessarily touches tender places (it actually hurt as Jess worked challenging points, but Jess was very responsive if I asked her to turn the pressure down!), yielding lasting, embodied change. The only downside to working with Jess was that she moved away from my area- if she hadn’t left I would definitely have signed up for more! If you really want to be here, fully in your body on this planet, totally alive in your cells, I can’t recommend Jess highly enough.

— A.F.M. on July 11th 2020. A Baltimore healer who wishes to remain anonymous.

 

Get In Touch

Please Email Jess for the quickest reply:
wellness@jesscrutchfield.com 

Phone: (720) 588-8544

 
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