What Is Thai Massage?

Thai massage involves deep massage and stretching. This type of massage is called "nuat phaen boran" (traditional massage or ancient massage) in Thailand. It is also known as ancient Thai massage, traditional Thai massage, Thai yoga or yoga massage.

This type of massage is believed to originate in India and is largely based on yoga and Ayurveda. Many people believe that this art was developed by Buddha’s physician, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, about 2,500 years ago in India. It reached Thailand later on, where traditional Chinese medicine eventually influenced the Ayurvedic principles and techniques. Thai massage is a unique way of aligning the energies of your body.

Compared with the more conventional types of massage, Thai massage is definitely more rigorous and energizing. Therapists use joint mobilization, muscle compression and stretching, yoga, reflexology, and acupressure during treatment – all done in a rhythm that follows a movement of gentle rocking.

This is different from Western-style massage, which is generally characterized by continuous strokes and scooping. Those who have experienced Thai massage describe it as extremely relaxing and energizing. After all, it aims to open and relax the natural energy flow of your body.

Benefits of Thai massage

What are the benefits of Thai massage? As mentioned, it relaxes and energizes your body. Thai massage is highly recommended for you if demands at work and home are taking a huge toll on you. Many people attest that this form of massage is more effective at reducing stress compared to other forms of massage.

This is also perfect for you if you want to have that much needed energy. Here are other major physical and mental benefits of Thai massage: improved circulation, increased flexibility, improved range of motion, and a more focused mind and body.

What to expect?

A lot of people say that Thai massage is an experience like no other. So what should you expect during a visit? Thai massage is also known as Yoga For Two and Lazy Man’s Yoga due to the passive range of movement on your part.

The therapist stretches your body (his/ her feet, legs, hands, and knees) into different yoga-like positions while simultaneously doing manual compression strokes on your muscles to intensify the stretch and release tension. Wear comfortable and loose clothing for your session. Thai massage does not use oils and is performed on a floor mat.

Precautions

Thai massage is not recommended for people who are at risk of blood clotting. You risk having blood clots as your body is being compressed and stretched. If you have cardiovascular disease, consult with your doctor first before having the massage. Pregnant women also need to consult with their doctors first if they are planning to get a Thai massage. Pregnant women should only be massaged by therapists who have certification pregnancy massage.

Furthermore, massage should not be performed directly over abdominal hernia, tumors, unhealed wounds, inflamed skin, bruises, or areas of recent fractures. Thai massage is not recommended for people who have skin rashes, open wounds, or infectious skin disease.