It's normal to feel pain after a massage, especially if your muscles aren't used to it. Thai massage is known for its firm pressure and deep movements, which can cause inflammation and delayed onset muscle pain. This is a physical response to the body healing itself. The main purpose of Thai massage is to help release tension in contracted muscle tissue, allowing for better blood circulation and the transport of nutrients and oxygen.
This can sometimes be painful, but it's a normal experience. You can communicate with your massage therapist if the pain becomes too severe. Studies have shown that Thai massage can increase energy and mental stimulation, while Swedish massage is more likely to improve relaxation and sleep. It can also help with chronic muscle pain and stiffness.
If the massage is too strong, you can tell the massager the word “jeb” and they will know right away.