What is a Thai massage? Well, a Thai massage is a form of massage therapy that differs from most forms because it uses rigorous motions incorporated with yoga poses. Due to the fact yoga poses are used, it is commonly called Thai yoga massage. The massage therapist not only uses their hands during the massage, but their feet, legs, and knees to bend you into the yoga poses. It is often claimed, a Thai massage is relaxing and energizing at the same time.
- Very little is needed to conduct a Thai massage. There are no special oils used for this massage technique. In fact, the massage is conducted while you remain fully clothed, which is why it is important to wear comfortable clothing to the massage session. During the massage, you are placed onto a mat on the floor for about a 60 minute session.
- Thai massages are known to produce a wide range of benefits. Most often, the massage relieves stress and tension, while improving overall circulation. Other benefits received from the massage include an increase in energy, flexibility, and range of motion.
- While a Thai massage is considered safe, there are certain precautions that must be taken for certain people. People who have rashes, open wounds, or infectious skin diseases are not recommended to undergo this form of massage. Do not have a Thai massage after surgery, chemotherapy, or radiation. If you have a history of blood clots or heart disease you must first be cleared by a doctor. There are many other health conditions that may prevent someone from undergoing a Thai massage. Always speak with a health care professional prior to receiving a Thai massage.
Prior to receiving a Thai massage, it is recommended you do not eat a heavy meal. If possible, allow your massage therapist to have access to your medical history to rule out any complications that may occur.