Why Thai Massage Stands Out Among the Normal Types
Most individuals would readily agree that a massage, any massage, is wonderfully relaxing. In fact, few individuals are picky about choosing their massage type and are perfectly content with receiving a traditional massage. There’s certainly nothing wrong with that choice, as any massage is better than no massage for the sake of the state of our body. And it’s true, a traditional massage can be wonderful for an individual’s health–physically, emotionally and mentally–but there are other types of massages that are also highly beneficial. Thai massage is one of them. Haven’t heard of it? It’s quite different from the normal massage you receive, but still, one to highly consider!
The Ins & Outs of Thai massage
Thai massage was originally developed in Buddhist monasteries as a preventative health care method for the monks. It combines acupressure, assisted yoga postures, and Ayurveda. Where traditional massage uses oil or lotion to rub out the muscles and joints of the body while the individual is resting nearly or completely unclothed under a sheet on an elevated massage table, Thai massage is normally administered on a padded mat or futon on the floor, without any oil or lotion. Plus, the individual remains fully clothed to allow freer movement and allow the Thai positions to occur without any nudity discomfort for the client.
In traditional massage, the therapist normally only uses their hands and arms to massage the individual. In Thai massage, the therapist uses their hands, knees, legs, and feet in order to move the individual into a series of yoga postures while simultaneously applying muscle compression, joint mobilization and acupressure.
Obviously, from the description, it’s clear that Thai massage is far more invigorating than traditional massage. However, Thai massage done properly should not actually be painful. A properly licensed, trained and experienced Thai massage therapist should welcome feedback from his client and adjust the degree of pressure and stretching accordingly so that you aren’t in pain.
That said, when the therapist applies pressure to tender areas of the body, such as knotted muscles, it can be uncomfortable. There is still a difference between this type of discomfort, which can yet feel relieving as it gently works out muscle tightness and the pain that would occur through inappropriate pressure application and stretching techniques.
Thai massage can be very helpful in relieving tension headaches, certain types of back pain, muscle spasticity and much more. It is not recommended for individuals who suffer from major health conditions like disk herniation, osteoporosis or cardiovascular disease, or for anyone who has had recent surgery. Many Thai massage therapists may even request that individuals receive clearance from their medical doctor prior to receiving a Thai massage, simply to ensure that it will not be detrimental to their health, and instead will be highly beneficial.
Thai Massage at Botanica Day Spa
You may find that not may spas offer this type of massage, and because it’s not part of the normal list of massages, not many massage therapists are trained to deliver it. Not at Botanica though! We excel in offering Thai massage to our wonderful clients, and there’s no better feeling than helping to achieve a healthier and more functional state for someone!
Call us today to book your Thai massage and welcome a more flexible and in tune body because of it!