I guess there are many people wondering what makes Thai massage so different from other types of massage and why Thai massage is so popular. I got the answer for you.
Most people realise that massage offer many health benefits however few people truly know the unique benefits of Thai massage. Those who are experiencing a Thai massage for the first time may be in for some pleasant surprises. Unlike other forms of massage, Thai massage does not use oil and does not require a massage table. Instead Thai massage will be traditionally performed on the floor - you will lie on a padded mat as the massage therapist will guide you through yoga poses and manipulates your body into stretches.
Thai massage is often described as ‘lazy yoga’. Instead of the relaxing gliding and kneading motions characteristic of other forms of massage, Thai massage employs stretching, pulling and rocking technique to relieve tension and enhance flexibility and range of motion. The massage therapist uses 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. In addition, Thai massage uses the technique of blocking and releasing the blood flow by applying sustained pressure for around 30 seconds to the areas where legs and arms meet the torso. This is a real circulation booster. When the pressure is released, you suddenly feel a rush of heat as blood floods back along your limbs. Finally, Thai massage is meant to offer a full person wellness experience that focuses on strengthening the mind and energy as well as the body. This approach allows clients to access and improve their core energy while also improving their flexibility and comfort.
Since no oil is required in a Thai massage, you may remain fully clothed, however comfortable, relaxed, fitting clothes are recommended so the clothes don’t become constricting during the session. The more you relax into a Thai massage, the more you will feel at ease and knot free afterward.
So, why not Thai Massage?