Does Thai Massage Have to Hurt?

Many people believe that Thai massage can provide a range of health benefits, such as reducing stress, increasing energy, and improving athletic performance. But it's important to understand that Thai massage is always challenging, and can sometimes be painful. It's important to communicate with your massage therapist if you experience any pain or discomfort. At a good massage salon, the rooms will be air conditioned and protected from street noise, so you can start to relax even before the massage starts.

Unlike Swedish or shiatsu massage techniques, in which a person lies passively on a bed, Thai massage requires the client to lie on the floor and be more actively involved in the process. If you find the massage too intense, you can tell your therapist the word “jeb”, which means “painful” in Thai. The pressure will drop right away. People with certain health conditions, such as cancer or cardiovascular disease, pregnant women and those who have just undergone surgery should not receive a Thai massage, as the technique could pose health risks.

One study examined the benefits of Thai foot massage in people with peripheral neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes. The results revealed that Thai massage increased energy and mental stimulation, while Swedish massage was more likely to improve relaxation and sleep. A randomized trial examined the effects of Thai and Swedish massages on people experiencing fatigue. The physical intensity of this massage technique could cause health complications or worsen pre-existing injuries. At the end of the day, it's important to remember that temporary pain can give rise to lasting agility, new respect for the body and even mental serenity.

If you're looking for a way to reduce stress and improve your overall health, Thai massage might be worth considering - just make sure you communicate with your therapist if you experience any pain.

Tiffany Greenhalgh
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