Thai massage is sometimes referred to as “lazy man’s yoga” as it centers around passive stretching (stretching where the client makes no contribution to the range of motion). The therapist manually puts the client through a series of stretches in order to enhance flexibility and increase the range of motion in the recipient’s muscles. Stretches are exacted with compression, rhythmic pressing movements directed into muscle with the therapist’s arm, hand, fingers, and even feet. In addition to compression techniques, the therapist also, pulls, stretches, and rocks the body. Thai massage usually takes place on a mat on the floor or on a sufficiently wide table, with the client wearing loose or elastic clothing.
Benefits of Thai Massage
Thai massage increases flexibility and range of motion. It also can help relieve muscle tension and soreness, increase circulation throughout the body, lower blood pressure, improve respiration, and improve body alignment and posture. Muscles that are stretched and limber can result in less injuries when actively participating in athletic activities.
Who shouldn’t receive Thai Massage?
Anyone with open wounds, broken bones, open sores, burns, sprains, or other acute injuries should not receive Thai massage. Those suffering from osteoporosis, hemophilia, blood clots, first trimester pregnancy, joint replacements, or fused vertebrae or other disc injuries should likewise refrain from Thai massage. There are many other conditions for which Thai massage is contraindicated. Anyone wanting a Thai massage should consult with their doctors prior to receiving this massage modality.