Thai massage is a form of therapeutic massage that falls under the category of complementary and alternative medications. It can promote blood and lymph circulation by using gentle stretches, which increases blood circulation and fills the body's tissues with oxygen. This helps promote cell growth and heart health, as well as internal organs working more efficiently, improving body balance and overall health. It can also stimulate blood and lymph flow to the muscles in the nerve center of the soles of the feet.
Many people believe that the health benefits of Thai massage include reducing stress, increasing energy and improving sports performance. It provides a kind of light acupressure that affects the entire body and is a pleasant and energizing massage of the feet and lower legs. It can help athletes feel mentally and physically rejuvenated. Traditional Thai massage is done without oil and with clothes on, but in the West, many practitioners offer a mixed treatment that combines Thai principles with a relaxing oil massage.
Foot massage has also demonstrated a beneficial effect in therapy and can improve patients' quality of life. Sports massage combines assisted stretching and various massage techniques to treat sports injuries and improve the athlete's range of motion. While Thai massage can definitely help with general mobility and muscle pain, it's more about overall well-being and creating a sense of vitality. Thai massage, also known as Thai yoga massage or informally as “the yoga of the lazy person”, combines assisted yoga with acupressure techniques.
If you have any health problems and are not sure if Thai massage is right for you, check with your doctor. If you have stiff joints, tight muscles, and generally feel a little exhausted, a Thai massage might help.