© Matthew Wakem
United States


Deep Tissue Thai is full-body, deep-tissue bodywork that is designed to work holistically, helping to restore harmony to your physical, energetic and emotional bodies.

Like many Eastern forms of healing, this type of bodywork is based on the belief that your energy, or life force, flows along channels within your body. When your energy is flowing freely, you feel balanced and healthy. But any blockages in this energy flow can make you feel achy, sluggish or sick. Stress can exacerbate the situation, since it’s typically during stressful times that you neglect your body, causing unprocessed emotions, toxins and tension to block you up even further. Influenced by Traditional Thai Massage and adding the benefits of breath work, deep tissue massage, Shiatsu, Acupressure, Chi Nei Tsang, Trigger Point Therapy and Traditional Maori Romi Romi healing, Deep Tissue Thai is a style of bodywork that is deeply transformative for body and mind. Matthew’s compression technique helps to clear stuck energy that no longer serves you and helps to release tension and pain re-aligning your body so it can return to its natural state of well-being.

Sessions are 3 hours, 2 Hours or 90 minutes and take place on a mat on the floor. The client remains clothed, except for occasional oil work on the legs, back and abdomen. By using his hands, elbows, knees, feet and sit bones, Matthew assists in releasing stagnant energy from main acupressure points along Thai sen lines. He leads breathing techniques throughout the session, and clients participate by breathing consciously and staying present in their bodies. Each session is tailored to your needs and typically follows a brief consultation. Additionally, clients are highly encouraged to direct Matthew to areas where they need the most work, or to adjust the level of pressure used, at any time throughout the session. This style of bodywork is intended for people seeking to make a shift in their body and in their life, and is helpful for relieving chronic physical pain and suppressed emotional issues. I specialize in low back, hip and neck and shoulder issues as well as pain and discomfort from sciatica.

My work is primarily energy work. My goal is to release stuck and stagnant energies within your body that cause pain and imbalance.


I have been practicing this style of work for over 10 years. I have trained mostly with my main teacher Christopher Ray here in the US as well as with my teacher Pichest Boonthumme in Thailand. I also trained in Asian healing arts in California with the San Francisco School of Massage and Bodywork and with McKinnon Body Therapy Center in Oakland.


My main focus is the study and practice of Asian energy systems. My health focus is to help people alleviate long held chronic pain in their body, mind and soul.


Westport, CT