The Principles of Thai Massage
Thai Massage varies from the other massage therapies which usually involve tissue manipulation. It is a dry massage therapy and does not use any oils or lotion. Instead it is performed using deep compressing, rhythmic pressing, and stretching actions. The pressure, tension, and motion or vibration movements used during massage improve regional blood circulation. Thai Massage is performed using different body parts such as palm, thumb, fingers, forearm, elbow or even feet.
Thai Massage uses a variety of yoga like stretching positions that is believed to cause its therapeutic effects. Thai massage is based on principles of correcting the energy balance through the body. The basic principle of Thai Massage is to start working from the extremities of the body (laterally) and work towards the core of the body (medially), and then back to the extremities. This ensures the flow of energy through the energy channels called meridians, and also helps improves blood circulation throughout the body.
Health Benefits of Authentic Thai Massage
Relaxes Muscles and relieves pain
The combination of stretching action and gentle massage relaxes and lengthens tight muscles. It also reduces the stiffness or knots in muscle that cause pain
Increases muscle flexibility
The yoga stretching action stretches the muscle, this helps improve the muscle tone and flexibility
Improves joint motions
The stretching action improves the movement of fluids (such as lymph, synovial and cerebrospinal) in the space between joints.
Improves blood circulation
The massage action improves the blood circulation throughout the body.
Relieves musculoskeletal pain
Tight muscles can put pressure on the joints and cause musculoskeletal pain such as back pain or shoulder pain. Thai massage releases the pressure from joints and allows them to fall back into proper alignment, relieving the pain.
Improved blood circulation helps to remove the toxins from the body. This increases immunity to diseases.
Promotes mental relaxation
Relaxes body and mind to release of emotional or mental stress.
Massage and stretching can effectively reduce body soreness and fatigue.
Assists with Sleep Problems
Naturally soothing to the mind and body, Thai Massage helps you to sleep better and alleviates disturbed sleep patterns.