Are you feeling slightly overwhelmed at the endless amounts of massage treatments on the market? How about a Thai Massage?!
Let’s find out more about ‘Thai Massage’, where it originated, what is involved in the treatment and the overall health benefits.
What is it?
Thai Massage originated over 2,500 years ago in Thailand. The treatment is a combination of Swedish massage, neuromuscular techniques, acupressure,
physiotherapy, reflexology and yoga stretching. It is seen as the complete opposite to your ‘standard’ back, neck & shoulder massage that you would expect to receive in a spa or salon. In Thai Massage, therapists ask that you are fully clothed, whilst laying on the ground on a futon.
What is involved?
In Thai massage, the therapist puts you through a series of stretches that cover the entire body. The therapist will work the back of your legs and then your back using a walking motion with their hands. The therapist might kneel on the back of your legs and pull your arms to arch your back and open your chest. She/he may place her shoulder under your heel to lift your leg and stretch your hamstring.
Thai massage also includes deep-pressure point work to stimulate the sen, or the body’s energy pathways and each zen line is treated using a finger and thumb technique.
Long considered a medical treatment in Thailand, Thai massage is sometimes referred to as “lazy man’s yoga”.
Benefits of the treatment?
- Helps arthritis and back pain
- Improves flexibility
- Reduces stress and anxiety
- Boosts energy levels
- Helps muscle relaxation
- Strengthens joints and muscles
- Increases concentration levels