January 11, 2013
Thai Massage is rapidly becoming one of the most popular massage modalities in the US, so we thought we'd take some time to introduce you to this style of massage. Thai Massage originated in Thailand many centuries ago and is based roughly on Yoga postures. Normally performed on a floor cushion, rather than a table, the therapist is able to assist the client into stretches beyond their normal range of motion, in addition to direct manipulation of individual muscle groups, more like a traditional Swedish or Deep Tissue massage. Thai massage also often makes use of the therapist's knees, elbows, feet as massage tools, rather than just the hands or forearms.
Many American masseurs are now offering Thai massage in addition to their regular modalities. Many of them have actually traveled to Thailand to study at massage schools that offer classes in English. Some masseurs have adapted Thai massage techniques to their table and can incorporate Thai massage principles into their custom massage routine.
Most massage clients report a significant feeling of freedom and flexibility in the days after receiving a Thai massage, even moreso than after a traditional Swedish or Deep Tissue massage, particularly because of the emphasis on stretching. While a Thai massage can be uncomfortable at times for some clients, its benefits far outweigh the discomfort that may be experienced during the stretches and powerful massage strokes in this modality, and this is one reason it has become increasingly popular here in the US.