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Thai massage offers the deepest and highest leverage massage of any technique that I have yet come across.
What is Thai Massage?
Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, Thai massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine.
What Does Thai Massage Feel Like?
Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than some other forms of massage. It's been said that Thai massage is "like doing yoga without any work," and it has also been 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. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment. Thai massage has been described as both relaxing and energizing.
What Should I Expect During My Visit?
Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor. Oil is not generally applied. You are fully dressed. You are usually asked to bring or wear comfortable clothing to the massage.
A typical Thai massage is 60-120 minutes long.
Many people find that Thai massage has the following benefits:
improved range of motion
centers the mind and body
Massage is not recommended for people dealing with these symptoms:
infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds;
immediately following surgery;
immediately following chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor;
prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease, check with your doctor before having a massage;
pregnancy. Women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage;
massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage.
If it's your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and relax before starting the massage.
Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with certain conditions should not have Thai massage.
If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.
What really sets the Thai Massage modality apart is that it is a full body experience even if the target is one specific issue. Deep compression and passive range of motion have cumulative effects that can release Trigger Points, ease pain, and have structural effects. It's like a hybrid between Structural Integration, Sports Massage, and Deep Tissue Massage.
In a typical Thai Massage session with PMA you will experience at at least one if not all of the therapies listed here:
(click to learn about the benefits of each.)