Unlike the popular Swedish massage from the West, focusing on the physical aspect of the body (muscles kneading), Thai Massage combines techniques used in Western Physical Therapy separately, such as 'Trigger Point' treatments, myofascial therapy, neuromuscular therapy and manual therapy.

The combination of energetic and physical aspects makes Thai Massage so unique and effective. Traditional Thai massage is a very deep full body treatment that begins at the feet and ends at the head.

Due to the sequence of soft, smooth movements, the body's muscles and joints are loosened and slightly stretched (some of these stretching movements are also used in Yoga). This unique way of massage also affects the energetic side of the body and restores the body's energy streams through the use of acupressure on the 'sen' orbits for the purpose of harmonizing and revitalizing.

Over 2,000 years old, traditional Thai massage has been an authentic medicine and a unique form of body therapy developed by people who used massage not only as therapy to treat diseases, but also to stay healthy and fit.

It is the combination of yoga stretching movements, calm through meditation, acupressure, movement exercises and reflexology that make it a medical practice.

During treatment/massage, the client is on the floor/table and wears easy, not too tight clothes. Thai massage mainly uses light pressure and stretch on the muscles and not only are the hands used to relieve stress in the body but also the feet and elbows. Below are some of the many mental, physical and psychological benefits of Thai massage.

Physical Benefits of Thai Massage

  • Detoxification of the body and increase resistance
  • Better flow and lower blood pressure
  • More relaxed and smoother muscles and less rigid
  • Improve breathing
  • Improve attitude, balance and raise energy blocks
  • Improve sporting performance
  • Helps with arthritis and back pain
  • Strengthens the muscles and joints and works preventively against diseases and chronic joint problems
  • Prevents diseases and alleviates age problems
  • Slows down the aging process

Mental Benefits of Thai Massage

  • Positive view on life and spiritual more in balance
  • More concentrated and more creative in mind
  • More peace and quiet
  • Brighter of spirit

Psychological Benefits of Thai Massage

  • Less stress and worry
  • More energy
  • More discipline and self-control
  • Better health and more vitality
  • Better stamina
  • More confidence
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Misty Jhones