Frequently Asked Questions
How does Thai massage differ from “regular” massage? How should you prepare for a session? This Thai Massage FAQ may answer your questions.
Traditional Thai Yoga Massage
Thai Massage is traditional for relieving stress and tension which traditional Thai methods are utilized for the treatment of back pain, stiff, neck, shoulder pain, and sports injuries including muscle and tendon strain.
Benefits of Traditional Thai Yoga Massage include:
Alleviation of physical and emotional tension
Release and relaxation of muscles and improved flexibility
Relief from general muscular aches and pains
Improves circulation and stimulates the lymphatic system
Thai Massage History
Traditional Ancient Thai massage is a unique form of Bodywork that incorporates Hatha Yoga, acupressure and reflexology with origins dating back about 2500 years. The roots of Thai massage are traced back to the founder of the practice (known as “Father Doctor”) Shivaga Komarpaj, a doctor, friend and contemporary to the Buddha. Ancient Medical texts were carved in stone in attempts to preserve the tradition of Thai massage; these stone inscriptions still sit within the walls of the Wat Pho temple in Bangkok. In Thailand, there are many agricultural people who do a lot of physical work through the day and their muscles become very tight and sore, so they teach their children massage skills they learned from their parents. In this way Thai massage is passed down as an oral tradition. Massage has a unique style in each area of Thailand. When people would gather from different regions, they would exchange their techniques of massage. In this same way influences came from other countries such as China, India, Burma and Tibet creating its evolution and development.
Thai Massage Method
Thai Massage blends styles from Asian neighbors passed down through the generations. Unlike the scooping and continuous strokes of Western massage, the Thai method uses point pressure, muscle stretching and compression, done in a rhythmic movement of gentle rocking.
In Thai massage it is not just the hands that are used to free tension from the recipient s body, but the therapists feet, forearms, knees, and elbows as well. Be assured northern style Thai massage is never painful. Thai massage is applied on a mat on the floor, the work is done fully clothed and no oils are required
What does Thai Massage Feel Like?
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage.
Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work.
Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment.
People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.
What should I wear?
Traditional Thai massage is performed on a thick mat, on the floor, rather than on a massage table. You will stay fully dressed and will be most comfortable in stretchy clothes, like leggings or sweats.
Is the pressure deep or light?
Stretches are meant to go to your edge, but not in a painful way. The therapist will rhythmically press into your tissues in a way that’s both relaxing and energizing, using the palms, knees, feet, and thumbs.
What if I’m not flexible?
If you are not flexible, this is a great bodywork style for you to gain mobility. Most stretches are done in sets of three:
The first is a gentle exploration.
The second finds the stretch.
The third gently encourages a deep stretch.
This gives you and your therapist a chance to notice before a stretch goes too far.
How is this different from Western massage?
Thai massage takes a holistic approach to the body. It addresses both the physical body, with its deep pressing and stretches, and the energetic body, via the energy lines known as “sen”. There is more body contact between the client and practitioner–imagine relaxing as someone moved you through yoga postures.
Will I be comfortable on the floor?
The mat We use is a nice thick cushion. Some people feel more comfortable with additional pillows under their knees, or to support them inside lying.