Developed more than 2,000 years ago in Thailand, Thai massage remains a popular technique that incorporates aspects of yoga, acupressure, energy balancing, and massage. Considered one of the ancient healing arts of traditional Thai medicine, Thai massage was originally passed from teacher to teacher within the Buddhist temples, while Thai families used it as a healing folk art. Today, Thai massage continues to be a mainstay in Thai medicine, while quickly gaining a new audience in the Western world.
What is Thai Massage?
Also known as yoga massage, assisted yoga, or ancient massage, Thai massage respects the body’s limits, while encouraging clients to reach their edge of flexibility—but never beyond. Some people say Thai massage is a little like doing yoga without any effort, because the therapist will push your body into various positions without any work on your part.
What should I expect during a Thai Massage Treatment?
Thai massage is performed on a soft floor mat, with clients fully clothed in loose, comfortable attire suitable for the deep stretching that will be part of the session. Pillows and bolsters may be used for better client support. This interactive form of bodywork can utilize tai chi, rocking and rhythmic motion, massage, and assisted stretching. Thai massage is done with all your clothes on, so some people recommend it if you feel uncomfortable with nudity during a Swedish Massage.
What are the benefits of Thai Massage?
Experts say there is an interesting dichotomy with Thai massage, as it both relaxes and rejuvenates. After the session, some clients report feeling awakened and energized, while also feeling deeply grounded and at peace.
The benefits of Thai massage largely mimic those of traditional massage:
- Deep relaxation and quieting of the mind.
- Heightened energy levels.
- Improved body-mind connection.
- Improved circulation and lymphatic flow.
- Improved range of motion.
- Increased flexibility.
- Rejuvenated body and mind.
- Relief for pain and muscle tension.
As with any form of massage or bodywork, it’s paramount that Thai massage clients communicate with their therapists throughout the session. Is the massage pressure too deep? Does the stretch no longer feel good? Is the room too hot? Be sure to let the therapist know if something is not quite right so he or she can deliver the best, most therapeutic work possible and you can experience the full benefits of your Thai massage session.
Kerrie March is an experienced licensed massage therapist and master of Reiki here at The Spa of Essex. She is certified from the CT Center of Massage Therapy in Newington, CT. Her passion to help a client’s body, mind and spirit led her to expand her expertise with a variety of modalities, including Thai Massage, Cherokee Body Work, Integrated Energy Therapy, Medical Massage and the traditional Swedish and Deep Tissue Massage. A firm believer in the inseparable connection between body/mind and a caring intuitive touch, Kerrie is an advocate of massage for relieving physical as well as emotional stress, and believes in massage as a viable modality for enhancing overall health and well-being.
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