Thai Massage is an extraordinary technique of aligning the energies of the body that dates back 2,500 years. It incorporates ayurvedic techniques, acupressure, reflexology, yoga-like stretches, joint mobilizations and muscle compressions.
More energizing and rigorous than many forms of massage, Thai Massage bestows a deep sense of relaxation and calm as the therapist uses hands, knees, legs and feet to move the client into a series of stretches that work along the energy pathways of the body.
What to Expect
Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor rather than a raised table. This allows for many movements and procedures, not practical or effective in table work. Working on the floor allows the practitioner to use his or her full body weight, rather than simple muscular force, to transmit pressure, force, and energy, for a highly therapeutic effect.
Since no oil is applied, the client remains fully dressed. Please wear comfortable clothing such as track pants or pajama pants and a t-shirt. Women are asked to wear a sports bra. The main consideration is that clothing should be light and allow for flexible movement.
Prior to the massage both client and therapist cleanse their feet. The session is meant to be peaceful; therefore, an element of calm should preside throughout the treatment. Deep breathing is encouraged to create the feeling of calm and to assist the body to relax.
- Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
- Please arrive 5 minutes early for your appointments so you have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.
- Be sure to mention to your therapist any changes in your health or medications. Certain conditions need to be treated with greater care.
- If you feel discomfort at any time, let your therapist know.
Precautions of Thai Massage
Massage will not be performed on areas with infectious skin diseases, rash or open wounds. Abdominal massage will not be done in cases of serious stomach, intestinal problems or pregnancy.
Clients with knee problems should make their therapist aware of the condition as well as any changes that happen with that condition.
Clients with osteoporosis are contra-indicated for Thai massage.