Dating back several thousands of years, traditional Thai massage, often called, “lazy man’s yoga”, delivers a unique blend of passive stretching and rhythmic compression along muscle bellies, as well as acupressure points.
Thai massage helps relieve chronic tension and general inflexibility, and promotes overall health through soft tissue release, as well as increased mobility, and unimpeded energy flow. Clients wear loose or stretchy clothing and receive this form of bodywork on a futon type mat on the floor. No oils or lotions are needed/used for this style, so it can be done almost anywhere there is a quiet space and some kind of comfortable padded mat. Thai massage is the perfect adjunct to deep tissue work, but functions well as a stand-alone treatment as well. While a relatively gentle form of bodywork, Thai massage helps to greatly increase general flexibility and specifically targeted joint range of motion.
As with most forms of therapeutic massage, benefits are many and may include:
- Lowering blood pressure and increasing healthy circulation
- Reducing pain, including muscular and some joint and spinal pain, headaches
- Helping reduce stress/anxiety
- Helping with overall relaxation and sleep issues
- Increasing immune system function
If you’ve never tried this style of bodywork before, it’s definitely worth exploring. It can be very beneficial for our bodies to mix things up – combining some massage time on the table and some floor work, as each style offers just a little something different. If you just can’t decide between the two, there’s the newly created “Ashi-Thai” which incorporates both! (See separate explanation for more about this style; basically Thai massage work delivered on a standard massage table).