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Thai massage

Thai massage is an ancient type of massage developed in Thailand about 2,500 years ago, by Buddhist monks. Gentle pressure along body’s energy lines and passive stretching are main techniques of Thai massage. It relieves muscle and joint tensions, increases flexibility and balances body’s energy. As no oil is used during Thai massage, it is usually done with the person receiving massage being fully clothed.

During Thai massage, rhythmic pressure on muscle tissues is applied by hands or fingers, but elbows and knees could also be used.  Apart from pressure, stretching technique is also applied during Thai massage. Not only can it relax the body, but Thai massage can also energize it.

Benefits of Thai massage:

  • Improvement of immune system: even though Thai massage is performed without massage oils, they can also be used. Research has shown that practice of Thai massage with ginger and coconut oil can improve immune function in cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy.
  • Rehabilitation after stroke: Thai massage reduces muscle spasm and stiffness, which is common experience of people who have suffered from stroke. Better sleep and mood, as well as the ability to walk for people who have suffered from stroke can be a result of Thai massage.
  • Treatment of migraines: One study has shown that Thai massage can decrease headaches.
  • Alleviation of back pain: Thai massage can help reduce chronic back pain which is common for most people nowadays. Thai massage is known to be helpful with easing back pain, especially lower back pain. As it only helps temporarily, for lasting results the best aid in reducing lower back pain is strengthening back muscles, but only after consultation with your physician.
  • Improvement of mood: massage is well known for being able to improve one’s mood and reduce anxiety. According to researches, Thai massage can improve tension, anxiety, and mood of person receiving the massage therapy.
  • Improvement of range of motion: apart from massage techniques, stretching and application of pressure are also part of Thai massage’s technique that can improve range of motion of limbs, shoulders, ankles and other body’s parts.
  • Reduction of stress: Thai massage reduces levels of salivary alpha-amylase enzymes which are directly proportional to the stress level. Thai massage can also lower the level of cortisol which is known as stress hormone.
  • Relief of osteoarthritis: Thai massage effect musculoskeletal system. As a result of that, it can help ease the symptoms of knee osteoarthritis.

As Thai massage is more vigorous than other types of massage, it is  not suitable for everyone. It should be avoided by people who:

  • Suffer from hypertension
  • Are pregnant
  • Have acute illness
  • People who are recovering from orthopedic condition in the bones/ joints
  • People who are recovering after surgery
  • People who have dermatological problems.

It is of utmost importance that you find qualified and experienced Thai massage therapist who knows how to manipulate body’s muscles and soft tissue, and at the same time understands human anatomy. Only then will you be able to enjoy all the benefits Thai massage offers.