What is a Thai massage?
Connected to Chinese acupuncture, shiatsu and Indian ayurvedic massage.
Traditional Thaï massage exists for more than 2500 years. It was originaly used in Buddhist monasteries to prevent health care for monks.
What is so special about aTraditional Thai Massage ?
Traditional Thai Massage is usually done on a padded mat or futon on the floor.
No oil or lotion is applied, so you are fully clothed.
The massage Practitionner uses his hands, elbow, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies muscle compression, joint mobilization, and soft or strong acupressure.
Is Thai Massage Painful ?
Thai massage relaxes muscles but also invigorates them. The licenced massage practitioner will use your feedback and adjust the degree of pressure and stretching.
Thaï Massage feeling is different, and might surprise you at first, if you’re not used to it, but it will not be painful.
The Benefits of a Traditional Thai Massage
This technique related to Shiatsu is often used to relieve stress and protect against stress-related health issues on body. It is also said to boost energy and improve range of motion and articulation flexibility.
By using acupression on special energetical points, toxins and tensions are releaved from muscles.
Thai Massage as also an impact on Lymphatic and Blood circulation so as the sleeping pattern.
Traditional Thai Massage is recommanded to people :
- Who practice sport
- Have muscles tensions on the body (back, shoulder pain…)
- Feel tired
- Have headaches
- Slow blood circulation
Possible Side Effects
A licensed massage therapist should ask you for your health history before the massage. Thai massage may not be safe for someone with health conditions such as disk herniation, osteoporosis, recent surgery, or cardiovascular disease and pregnancy.
If you're considering trying Thai massage, it's a good idea to check with your healthcare provider before getting treatment to discuss whether it's appropriate for you.
Massage shouldn't be done over bruises, inflamed or weak skin, unhealed or open wounds, skin rash, tumors, abdominal hernia, or recent fractures.
What to Know Before Your Appointment
You are usually asked to bring or wear loose, comfortable clothing to the massage.
A typical Thai massage is about 60 minutes to two hours long.
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Some additional tips
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before a massage.
- If it's your first time you should arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms and change. Otherwise, arrive at least five minutes early so you can have time to change before starting the massage.
- Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with certain conditions should not have Thai massage.
- If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.
Disclaimer: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects.
You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your eating habits.