Thai massage or Thai yoga massage is a traditional therapy that combines acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles and assisted yoga poses. This type of massage is based on the SEN-lines, also known as energy lines, which are similar to Nadis according to Gorakhnath's philosophy of yoga. It incorporates full-body movements, many of which are similar to yoga. People who have experienced Thai massage often report feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.
A randomized trial examined the effects of Thai and Swedish massages on people experiencing fatigue. The results showed that Thai massage was associated with many health benefits, such as improved circulation, improved range of motion and reduced stress levels. It can also offer deeper and more restorative stretches than some assisted stretching techniques in sports massage. Yoga practitioners have a real advantage when it comes to learning and understanding Thai massage.
The combination of stretching, movement and pressure is what sets Thai massage apart from other types of massage. Relaxation combined with the energizing and invigorating effects of Thai massage help people feel mentally and physically restored. Oil massage uses gentle rubbing and kneading instead of the more powerful movements used in Thai massage. If your range of motion and flexibility are affecting your athletic performance or hampering your mobility, Thai massage can help you move more easily.
It may be an appropriate name, as it reflects the fact that Thai massage has its roots in the Indian yoga tradition. Overall, Thai massage (traditional or with oil) is a great way to make you feel better both mentally and physically. However, in Thailand this term is never used, and Thai massage therapists are generally not very familiar with yoga.