Heralded for centuries in the East for its energizing and restorative effects, Thai massage is gaining popularity in the West as people discover this unique and powerful form of massage. Sometimes called “assisted yoga,” Thai massage involves easing the client into various assisted stretches to deepen muscle relaxation. Vigorous and stimulating, Thai massage is as energizing as it is relaxing.
Thai massage is performed on a padded mat on the floor and the client remains fully dressed, preferably in comfortable clothing that permits free movement of the limbs. Unlike other forms of massage, no oils are used during Thai massage. Instead, the body is carefully manipulated into deeply relaxing stretches and poses at the hands of a trained massage therapist.
During Thai massage, a massage therapist will carefully engage the use of his or her hands, knees, feet and body weight to vigorously stretch and deeply sooth muscles with specific poses designed to effectively relax and work the kinks out of tense muscles. The effect is deep relaxation, renewed energy and an overall feeling of well-being.
The benefits of Thai massage have been appreciated since it was first reportedly used over 2500 years ago in India by the personal physician to Buddha. As with most forms of massage, Thai massage promotes relaxation and eases stress, but Thai massage is unique in its ability to increase flexibility and range of motion, as well as improve overall circulation. Many clients also report that Thai massage helps them to feel emotionally and mentally centered, as well as rejuvenated and relaxed.