Thai massage is a dynamic approach of working through the layers of the body to increase movement and decrease pain. Your Thai massage therapist may use a variety of tools and techniques during any given session such as compressions, stretches, point work, Thai scraping, Thai fire cupping, percussion, scarves, balms and liniments.
How is Thai Massage Different From Other Massage?
Swedish massage is what many view as a “traditional massage” although, there are many different styles of massage therapy. There are key differences between Thai massage and traditional massage. Thai massage is rooted in Thai traditional medicine.This allows us to take into account the whole individual. Mental, emotional, and physical wellness are all considered when planning the best way to treat an issue or give a more general massage.
The healing effects of Thai massage are often long lasting, stemming from a comprehensive system that offers thorough treatment and assessment. Clothing is worn and the massage is done on a mat on the floor. It is highly recommended that you wear loose fitting clothing so that you will have full mobility throughout the massage. Since Thai massage does not have you remove your clothing, there is no need for massage oils.
What are the Potential Benefits and Applications of Thai Massage?
Massage has been an effective treatment for a variety of pain and inflammation related problems. Here are a few of the benefits you may encounter from regular massage visits.
- Stress and Anxiety Relief
- Acute Injury Recovery
- Body Maintenance for Active People & Athletes
- Increased Flexibility & Range of Motion
- Nerve Pain/ Discomfort Relief
- Relief from Depression
- Relief from Chronic Pain such as plantar TMJ discomfort and plantar fasciitis
- Feeling of Rejuvenation
- Pregnancy Care & Postpartum
- Improved Circulation
- Reduced Inflammation
- Reduced Cortisol Levels/ Increased Seratonin
Thai massage is an effective method for improving your overall wellbeing and health. You can see both mental and physical improvements with consistent sessions.
Is Thai Massage Safe?
Thai massage is very safe. Treatment plans vary case by case, according to the needs and limitations of each body. We do a thorough intake before each massage session to ensure we work safely and use techniques that are safe for the individual. This is your massage, if at any time you feel uncomfortable, please voice this to us and we will adjust the treatment. Open wounds, infectious skin ailments, very recent accidents or injuries may need more time before massage is indicated to be of benefit.
For most people, massage is very safe and helpful for an array of problems and pain. If you are curious whether Thai massage would be ideal for you then feel free to call and talk to one of our therapists at Good Medicine Acupuncture and Massage.
Does Thai Massage Hurt?
Massage should always be done to your comfort level. While some of the movements may feel strange, they should never feel painful. You should feel comfortable enough with your massage therapist to communicate with them throughout the session if you experience any discomfort or pain.
How Do I Prepare for a Thai Massage?
Call ahead and speak with a practitioner to make sure Thai massage is the best option for you. Once you’ve scheduled an appointment, arrive a littler early to fill out any necessary paperwork. Wear loose, comfortable clothing. Nothing too tight, baggy, or slippery.
Access to the skin might be needed for some treatments, if so, appropriate draping will be used.
Know that it’ll be done on a comfortable padded mat on the floor, blankets and pillows are used for positioning and comfort.
Keep in mind that herbal compresses, balms, and liniments may be used that could possibly stain clothing. When you come to your appointment, be sure to wear loose fitting clothing or bring clothing you can change in to. If you must eat before your appointment make sure it is a light meal.
Talk to your massage therapist about what you should expect during your appointment. Let them know if you have any particularly sensitive areas or spots you want to target. Keep an open mind and expect a totally different kind of massage!