Thai Massage

What is Thai Massage?

Traditional Thai massage has its origin in the ancient Indian system of Ayurvedic medicine, and was brought to Thailand from India about 2500 years ago. With its Ayurvedic origins, it is no surprise that traditional Thai massage has easily recognised links with yoga in the way that muscles and tendons are progressively worked and stretched. Because of its links with the Ayurvedic system, and the emphasis given to helping musculo-skeletal problems, traditional Thai massage is also known as Thai yoga massage and Thai medical massage.

With the special techniques of Thai massage, where a therapist is trained to use her forearms, elbows, knees and feet as well as the hands, even the largest muscles can be thoroughly worked.

The skilful use of these techniques means that the most deep-seated knots and tensions are accessible, promoting a full and healthy flow of blood to the muscles and organs and assisting the return of blood to the heart. The lymphatic system (the antibody and detox department) also enjoys a good stimulating boost.

Easing the knots and tensions in the large muscles of the legs helps the blood to flow more easily through the deep veins, reducing the workload of veins near the surface, which can be helpful to prevent or ease varicose veins.

A Thai massage includes work on the acupressure points along the body’s energy meridians, similar to therapies such as acupuncture and shiatsu, giving a deeper therapeutic value to the treatment, encouraging health, vitality, harmony and relaxation throughout the body.

As well as being deeply relaxing, Thai massage is very much geared toward helping people with musculoskeletal problems such as back pain, neck and shoulder pain and stiffness, cramps, stiff or painful joints, tired legs, or for loosening out muscles which have become stiff from work or sport.

A treatment is always tailored to the client’s needs, firm or gentle as required. In Thailand people of all ages, from babies to the elderly, enjoy regular traditional Thai massage.

What to Expect in Your Treatment

A full Thai massage takes about two hours, though with hectic modern life clients often opt for an hour or a one-and-a-half hour session.

With traditional Thai massage the client keeps their clothes on, so it is a good idea to dress loose and light, such as tee shirt and sweat pants. You can come in ordinary daily clothes if more convenient, but try to avoid wearing anything too tight.
The massage is carried out on a futon at floor level, and although you have only to lie down and relax, you will be surprised at how hard the therapist works.

The legs typically receive a lot of attention, being the largest muscles in the body which do the most work. The legs often carry a lot of tension, which you may only be aware of once it has gone away, and it can be surprising how much better the lower back feels after some thorough work on the legs. After the legs, the therapist works on the back, shoulders, arms and head.
If appropriate, the therapist may recommend some simple exercises for you to do at home.

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