Thai massage is a traditional form of massage that has many health benefits, from reducing stress to relieving muscle tension. It combines compression, acupressure and passive stretching to increase the range of motion of the joints and muscles, as well as improve posture. Thai massage is known for its ability to target contracted muscle tissue that blocks blood circulation, allowing for better nutrient and oxygen transport throughout the body. It can be painful due to the firm pressure applied to the muscle tissue, but it is beneficial in releasing tension and improving qi and blood flow.
Thai massage is sometimes referred to as the “lazy man's” yoga because it can achieve many of the benefits of yoga without requiring active participation. It is believed that there are several energy channels within the body that are found in nerves, muscles, blood and bones, and Thai massage works to stimulate the flow of lymphatic fluid in the body. It is ideal for those who cannot receive a deep tissue massage, such as those with fibromyalgia or recovering from an injury. If you have stiff joints, tight muscles and generally feel exhausted, a Thai massage may be a good option for you.
It can help to reduce pain and improve circulation, as well as provide a full body experience that is more active than other forms of massage. However, it is important to note that if you have an underlying health condition, you should consult your doctor before receiving a Thai massage. When receiving a Thai massage, it is important to communicate with your masseur if it becomes too painful or too strong. The words “jeb” and “bao bao” are used to indicate this - “jeb” meaning “painful” and “bao bao” meaning “softer and softer”.
Twisted and inverted Thai yoga massage postures are particularly effective for renewing circulation.