What is a Traditional Thai Massage?
Traditional Thai Massage is performed while you are fully clothed, usually on a padded mat on the floor. Instead of the relaxing gliding and kneading motions of relaxation massage, Traditional Thai Massage employs stretching, pulling, and rocking techniques to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and range of motion. Some like to think of it as “assisted yoga”.
The therapist uses her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure. Traditional Thai Massage also utilizes energy work, which, according to ancient Asian culture, treats the subtle energetic field within the body. It corrects blockages, deficiencies, and imbalances in the flow of this energy, which then is believed to improve the client’s health.
Is Traditional Thai Massage Painful?
Applying pressure to tender muscle fiber adhesions can hurt, but there is a difference between that type of discomfort and pain due to excessive or inappropriate pressure and stretching. While it may be difficult to avoid some discomfort when targeting muscle knots, Traditional Thai Massage should not cause pain. Tell your therapist should you expereince pain and she will adjust the massage pressure and movements so that you are not in pain.
What are the benefits of Traditional Thai Massage?
Traditional Thai Massage can boost energy and improve range of motion and flexibility, as well as provide a benefit towards many different health problems. Specifically, Traditional Thai Massage may:
- Relieve tension headaches
- Reduce types of back pain
- Relieve muscle pain and joint stiffness
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Boost energy
- Calm the nervous system
Is Traditional Thai Massage safe for everybody?
Thai massage may not be safe for someone with health conditions such as disk herniation, osteoporosis, recent surgery, or cardiovascular disease. If you’re considering trying Traditional Thai Massage, it’s a good idea to check with your doctor before getting treatment to discuss whether it’s appropriate for you.
Be sure that your massage therapist understands if you have any health problems, because people with certain conditions should not have Traditional Thai Massage. If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.
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