A Brief Introduction to
Thai Massage is a system of massage and manipulation developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia, as well as by yoga.
The client typically wears loose, comfortable clothing and lies on the floor on a mat. The client may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures by the licensed therapist are the main focus of the massage.
The massage therapist leans on the recipient’s body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. Thai massage generally follows traditional energy flow-lines of the body, referred to as “Sen.” The legs and feet of the therapist can be used to fixate the client’s body or limbs. In other positions, hands may fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action
A full Thai massage session typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the client’s back, and manipulating the body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the therapist will modify to meet each client’s personal needs and circumstances.
Thai massage provides many benefits. While providing relief from musculoskeletal stress and strain, some clients have expressed relief from other complaints, such as asthma, migraines, sprains, bruises, anxiety, physical and emotional tension, improved sleep, improved flexibility, greater awareness of body and mind, and a release of blocked energy or “Qi.” Some of these complaints involve serious health conditions, and we do not consider Thai massage as any sort of cure or treatment for them and recommend that you consult with your medical practitioner for their direct treatment and management. However, we do believe that Thai massage may provide relief from some of their symptoms.
While some other therapeutic massage modalities, such as Swedish massage, permit clients to “let go” and relax, Thai massage actually engages the client in the therapeutic session, and thereby encourages greater mindfulness of one’s own body and state of healing and wellness.