Although Thai massages have a long history, this massage technique has recently been gaining traction in the west.
If you’re not familiar with this form of massage technique then you will likely have questions about it what it actually is and how it may be able to help you.
Here in this article, we will give you an overview of the practice of this wonderful healing art from Thailand.
Thai Massage – An Overview
What Is Thai Massage?
A Thai massage is a form of massage that is rooted in ancient healing techniques and originating from the country of Thailand (formerly, Siam) in South East Asia. This form of massage combines traditional massages of rubbing, kneading, friction and pressure with a unique combination of stretching techniques to help to loosen stiff muscles and assist the body with flexibility.
Unlike many other forms of massage, no oils are used during a Thai massage. The person that is receiving the massage typically remains clothed. During the treatment, the recipient will have their body stretched, compressed, contorted and kneaded in various ways. Although the techniques can be slightly rough and sometimes painful, the overall experience of a Thai massage is certainly a pleasant one and usually leaves the recipient feeling very relaxed after.
What Is Thai Massage Good For?
If you’re struggling with stress, Thai massage is an excellent way to unwind. This form of massage also has numerous health benefits. For example, Thai massage has been shown to relieve many types of pain, especially pain from sore muscles. These massages can also improve circulation, which can speed up the healing process. Some studies have also suggested that Thai massage can improve the overall mood and increase a person’s sense of well-being.
As a summary, we have listed some of the key benefits of receiving a Thai massage from a qualified practitioner here:
- Lowers muscular tension
- Reduces spasms of the muscles
- Improves joint mobility
- Stimulates blood circulation
- Improves overall mood and well-being
- Stabilises energy
- Builds energy
- Improves the symptoms of headaches form muscle tension
- Can benefit neck and shoulder pain
- Can help to improve sciatic pain
Should I Consider A Thai Massage?
If you want to take advantage of the benefits that Thai massage offers, you should strongly consider scheduling a massage session with a registered professional in your local area.
A Thai massage is a specialist form of therapy and the practitioners are highly trained. In most areas, a masseuse must complete at least 800 hours of training before they can work with clients. You’ll be working with someone that has a strong understanding of the human body and massage principles.
Thai massage is fundamentally different from other forms of massage. Even if you’ve had a massage before, you may not have experienced the benefits that a Thai massage can provide, and certainly not in the same way. Whether you’re looking to unwind or are struggling with chronic pain, working with a trained masseuse could help benefit your health in many different ways.
Here is a demonstration on a Thai massage by practitioner, Sukha Wong.