What is it that makes the Thai massage so different and what are the benefits?
Despite its name, it is believed that the Thai massage originates from India and that it was developed more than 2,000 years ago. It was a part of the Thai medicine for centuries and monks performed it as well. What makes it different from those forms of massage that are classic is that it is much more rigorous. Many would agree that it is very similar to yoga, with the difference that it does not require from the person in question any efforts or work. The therapists do all the work, and they stretch the person in question. They do not only use hands and fingers to perform the massage, but they also use their legs, knees and feet, and these stretching positions are similar to yoga poses, which is another reason why many refer to this type of massage as Thai yoga massage.
Thai massage usually lasts from one to two hours, and the person does not need to take off the clothes, since no oils are used. It is usually done on a mat, which is on the floor, and this means that no massage tables are involved. It can be used in order to reduce stress, relax and increase the energy of the person in question. As for the medical reasons for which it is performed usually, it is known for its potential to improve flexibility and range of motion, but just like every other massage, this one also improves the circulation.
A word of precaution
In order to benefit from this massage and to enjoy it as much as possible, the person should avoid heavy meals right before. Also, people need to know that no discomfort should be felt during this massage, so if any discomfort appears, the therapist should be informed right away.
Pregnant women are recommended to avoid this massage, or to consult their doctor in advance, although there are those massage therapist who are certified in massages during pregnancy. If a person is susceptible to blood clots or if some heart problem is present, it is recommended to avoid this massage, too, in order to avoid possible complications. Those who have certain skin disease or open wound, as well as those who have recently undergone some surgery should not choose this type of massage. The same recommendation goes for people whose treatment includes chemotherapy or radiation, unless the doctor recommends it.