The Benefits of Thai Massage: What Happens After a Session?

After a Thai massage, the person may feel very relaxed. However, they should keep in mind that their muscles have been worked, stretched and stimulated. It is recommended to take some time before walking or driving because of possible dizziness. Rest, read a book, Netflix and relax, do anything that relaxes you physically and mentally.

It's best to book a massage for a day when you know you'll be home between 4 and 6 hours. Thai massage is an ancient practice with many benefits that has the support of modern science. It can reduce the intensity of headaches, reduce pain in the lower back and joints, increase flexibility, calm anxiety and energize the mind and body. Combining compression, acupressure and passive stretching, Thai massage can also improve your posture.

A study showed that nine sessions of traditional Thai massage over a 3-week period can reduce painful headaches in people who have chronic tension headaches or migraines. Thirty-four soccer players participated in an experiment to test the effects of Thai massage on sports performance. Half of the test group received Thai massage and the rest received other conservative management techniques that included joint mobilization (a technique that involves applying pressure), hot compresses and hand stretching to painful areas. In another study, researchers showed that Thai massage reduces stress, especially when combined with plenty of rest.

In one study, researchers used a Thai massage program combined with wand exercises to study the effects on people with knee arthritis. In fact, the U. S. National Institutes of Health has discovered that Thai massage therapy can reduce fatigue and improve sleep quality.

So what's the difference between a daily massage and the Thai variety? Thai massage therapists will use their hands, knees, legs, and even their feet to mobilize you in a series of yoga-like postures. This approach to muscle tension is fairly active and may have some side effects that you should be aware of. But what gives Thai massage its unique benefits for the mind and body? Thai massage is rooted in Buddhism and Ayurvedic principles, with an emphasis on stretching and acupressure, unlike the rubbing of muscles seen in other forms of massage. This approach helps to increase the range of motion of the joints and muscles while also calming anxiety and energizing the mind and body.

In several small studies with patients with chronic headaches, researchers found that Thai massage reduced the intensity of migraines and tension headaches.

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