Traditional Thai 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 mobilisation, and acupressure. Traditional Thai Massage also utilises 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.
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 Painful?
Applying pressure to tender muscle fiber adhesion can cause slight pain, but there is a difference between the discomfort of a proper Thai Massage 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 experience pain and she will adjust the massage pressure and movements so that you are not in pain.
Don’t be afraid to tell the therapist if something is not right, massage is meant to be enjoyed, not painful.
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 to tell your massage therapist if you have any health problems. People with certain conditions should not have Traditional Thai Massage. If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.