What is Thai Massage?
Thai massage is also known as yoga massage, assisted yoga, ancient massage, and assorted other names, and it encourages recipients to reach their edge of flexibility, but never beyond, and respects the body’s limits.
Thai massage incorporates acupressure, massage, and passive-assisted stretching, where therapists help clients move into their stretch. The work is purposely slow as the therapist guides a client within the movements, with constant mindfulness of a persons physical limitations. This results in a combination of movements and focused awareness during the massage session that creates a resemblance to a slow, flowing dance between client and practitioner.
Thai massage is performed on a soft floor mat. It can be adapted to a traditional massage table for the more frail and elderly. Clients are clothed in loose, comfortable clothing suitable for the deep stretching involved in the session. This interactive form of bodywork may, at different times, utilize tai chi, rocking and rhythmic motion, massage, and assisted stretching.
Thai massage practitioners may call upon their hands, feet, knees, elbows, and legs to get the most out of the process; bolsters and pillows are also be used for better client position support. Heated, herbal compresses are often used to enhance movement and warm the muscles. No oil is used.
What Benefits Can I Expect from Thai Massage?
As with traditional massage, Thai massage offers a plethora of benefits:
- Deep relaxation
- Quieting of the mind
- Heightened energy levels
- Improved circulation
- Improved lymphatic flow
- Improved range of motion
- Increased flexibility
- Rejuvenated body and mind
- Relief for pain and muscle tension
- Enhanced body-mind connection
Thai massage experts note an interesting dichotomy within Thai massage; it both relaxes and rejuvenates a person! After a Thai massage session, some clients have commented about feeling energized and awakened, while simultaneously feeling at peace and deeply grounded.
Roots of Thai Massage
Conceived more than 2,000 years ago in Thailand, Thai massage remains a beautiful technique incorporating aspects of yoga, and acupressure, for an energy balancing massage. Thai massage is considered one of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine (along with herbal arts, nutrition, and spiritual meditation). It was originally passed from teacher to teacher within the Buddhist temples, and for Thai families it was a healing folk-art.
During the Burmese invasion of Thailand in 1767, a great deal of the art and history of this craft was lost. Thankfully, some of the traditions remain inscribed on the stone walls of the Wat Pho monastery in Bangkok. Today, Thai massage continues to be a mainstay in Thai medicine, and is rapidly gaining a new appreciation among peoples of the Western world.
Communication is Key
As with any bodywork, it’s very important that Thai massage clients communicate with their therapists consistently during the session. Is the massage pressure too deep? Does the stretch no longer feel good? Is the room too hot? You will let the therapist know if something is not quite right so they can accomplish the most therapeutic body work, and you can experience the full benefits of Thai massage.
If you would like to experience an alternative to traditional massage, Thai massage offers many benefits, including deep relaxation, quieting of the mind, heightened energy levels, and relief of pain and muscle tension.
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