Unlike a Swedish and deep tissue massage that take place on a table, Thai massage actually takes place on a floor mat. During a Thai massage, the masseuse moves all around and above the client to access a wider range of angles over each part of the body. The session may also include rhythmic pressing and stretching of your entire body. This could include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient’s back.
What to expect from Thai Massage
During a Thai massage, you will keep your clothing on. It is ideal to wear loose fitting, clean and comfortable clothing (along the lines of active athletic wear). During the massage, you will be pulled, stretch and rocked while the masseuse uses many parts of their body including their thumbs, elbows and knees.
Benefits of Thai Massage
Research has shown that the benefits of Thai massage can include improved circulation and lymph flow improvement, improved range of motion and flexibility, reduced levels of stress, deep relaxation, pain relief and reduction of muscle tension, as well as increased energy level.
Remember, after any type of massage, you will need to drink plenty of water. Your muscle tissue will not be as pliable if you are dehydrated and will cause that day after tenderness. Drinking plenty of water will also help flush out the waste after your massage. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol is a good idea as they are dehydrating.
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