Maybe you’re interested in getting a thai massage or have already had a few and would like to be better informed the next time you visit your thai masseuse. Either way, this article will help you better understand the principles and practices of a thai massage.  It will also prepare you for it’s amazing benefits and what precautions you should take to achieve them.

History

The founder of Thai massage is said to have been Shivago Komarpaj (his traditional thai name is ชีวกโกมารภัจจ์ Jīvaka Komarabhācca), who is believed to have been the Buddha’s physician. This leads many to believe that the thai massage and it’s medicinal applications have been in practice for  over 2,500 years! Because of it’s long history we can infer that it’s practices and theories have seen minor influences, those that we know of include Chinese, Southeast Asian, and Indian. Thai massage as it is practiced today is likely to be a fusion of the healing techniques and traditions of these cultures.

In Thailand, thai massage is both recognized and regulated by the government while in the western world, it has grown in prevalence since the 1990’s. Today there are many variations of thai massage and it is provided by both medical practitioners and certified massage therapists.

Benefits

Though it’s style and executions can vary depending on it’s practitioners, a thai massage has the same basic benefits for both your mind and body:

  • It increases muscle mobility and flexibility
  • It helps strengthen joints, including chronic joint problems like as arthritis and back pain
  • It improves your body alignment, helping your posture and balance.
  • It can aid in the detoxification of the body and therefore boost the immune system to combat illness and disease. 
  • It helps with increasing your blood circulation to help to lower blood pressure
  • Improve breathing and respiration
  • It clears and calms your mind, helping reduce stress, anxiety while increasing focus, clarity and concentration
  • It helps boost your energy levels because of improved circulation

 

Precautions

Though it has many benefits, thai massage is not recommended for the following:

  • those suffering from infectious skin disease, a rash, or other open wounds, fractures or other injuries unless approved by a doctor
  • those recovering from surgery seeking a massage without being cleared by a physician
  • those who have recently had chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by a doctor
  • those who are 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
  • pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage. Remember that and masage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in pregnancy massage.

 

We hope this article has helped those of you who are deciding if a Thai Massage is right for you. If not, you can find a great demonstration of a Thai Massage here. Though the video demonstrates a futon-style massage, the same concepts apply in the table Thai Massages we provide at Royal Thai Massage and Day Spa. To book your massage visit us here.