Thai Massage

What should I expect?

Thai massage therapists use many parts of their body - their thumbs, palms, elbows, and even feet and knees - to pull, press, and stretch the body. This is done to loosen the joints and relax the body. Also, it is said to unblock energy along the sen pathways. 

If you’ve never had a Thai massage, you should read carefully to understand more about what to expect:

  • Attire. First, unlike many massage types, you remained fully clothed during a Thai massage. The therapist may offer you special clothing to wear, or suggest you come in loose fitting attire.
  • Location. Next, the massage may take place on massage table or maybe on a floor mat. This is to give the massage therapist more flexibility in performing the stretches on your body.
  • Techniques. The techniques used in a Thai massage are also quite different. The compressions are performed very slowly and cover the entire body from the feet all the way up to the head and face. It is a combination of massage and also passive stretching – this means that the massage therapist will stretch your body for you.

What are the benefits?

A Thai massage relaxes and stretches out the muscles, improves circulation, and reduces stress.  Also, it is believed that blockages in the body’s energy lines causes illness and disease. A Thai massage balances these sen energy lines and restores general wellbeing and health.

Due to its impact on the circulatory system, people with the following health conditions should consult their healthcare provider before seeking a Thai massage:

  • high blood pressure
  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • osteoporosis
  • neurological diseases that affect the spinal cord
  • coronary artery disease

Trained massage therapists can adjust the intensity and pressure to suit their clients. However, a person should avoid Thai massage while recovering from an injury. Even at the lowest intensity, Thai massage can sometimes cause further injury to the body.

People who have cancer, are pregnant, or are recovering from surgery should not undergo a Thai massage. The physical intensity of this massage technique could lead to health complications or worsen preexisting injuries.