A Thai massage is an incredibly relaxing experience that can help with deep relaxation. The combination of stretching techniques and gentle pressure used by the masseur helps to relax the entire body. This type of massage has many benefits for the individual, including improved personal perspective, emotional state, and sleep. It also helps to reduce stress levels and improve circulation.
The massage is done in a similar way to yoga, with the masseuse gradually moving the person through different positions. This helps to increase flexibility and range of motion, reducing muscle tension and preventing accidents. During a Thai massage, the masseuse moves around and above the client to access a wider range of angles on every part of the body. The technique used by Thai massage therapists is very different from what people in the West may be used to.
The dynamic stretches used by Thai massage therapists can offer deeper and more restorative stretches than some assisted stretching techniques in sports massage. Thai massage is also known for its use of energy lines, known as Sen lines. Unlike Western massage styles, you won't be lying on your back or stomach when you get a Thai massage. It is a conscious, deeply relaxing and tension-relieving movement practice that helps increase a person's range of motion and promotes flexibility through its unique combination of assisted stretching, yoga, breathing and massages. Some research suggests that after intense exercise, massage may help relieve delayed onset muscle pain (DOMS) and improve muscle performance.
A Thai massage is also beneficial after a long flight or day of sightseeing, or simply to combat the effects of tropical heat. However, it is important to note that people who have cancer, are pregnant, or are recovering from surgery should not undergo a Thai massage. If you have any health problems and are not sure if Thai massage is right for you, check with your doctor. The physical intensity of this massage technique could cause health complications or worsen pre-existing injuries.