Thai Massage Therapy Guide
If you’re interested in Asian massage technique, here is a Thai massage therapy guide to get you started. Thai massage therapy actually originated in India, where Buddha’s physician, Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, created it from traditional Chinese medicine techniques over 2,500 years ago. When it reached Thailand, local traditions were added to create the Thai massage we know today.
- What to expect. Because Thai massages are rougher than other types of massages, it’s good to know what you are getting into before making an appointment with a masseuse. Thai massage is almost always done on the floor, usually with a padded mat beneath you. Thai massages help both relax and energize you and last anywhere from one to two hours.
- Keep your clothes on. Unlike other types of massage, you will remain completely dressed during your Thai massage. Thai masseuses also do not use any sort of massage oil since they do their work through your clothes. Your masseuse will use his or her hands, feet, knees and legs to apply pressure.
- Prepare yourself. Because of the rougher nature of Thai massages, people who have just come out of surgery or have skin problems should talk to a doctor before signing up. Also keep in mind that eating a big meal or heavy foods before your massage can cause discomfort. Arrive a few minutes early to your appointment so you have time to take a couple of deep breaths before your massage. And remember to always tell your masseuse if something is hurting or is uncomfortable.