Thai massage, a classic form of massage was originated in Thailand, is said to be developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, a physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. It is quite influenced by the traditional Chinese medicines. Earlier, Thai massage was considered as a component of Thai medicine, but now it is quite common in all spas.
Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, as the therapist use their hands, knees, legs and feet to move the patient into a sequence of yoga-like stretches. Most common used techniques during this treatment, are muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.
This massage is usually done on a padded mat on the floor. No oil is applied, so one can be fully dressed, and have comfortable clothing. It is 60 minutes to two hours long.
Some benefits are :
- reduces stress
- improves circulation
- increases energy
- increases flexibility
- improves range of motion
- centers the mind and body
The Thai massage is not recommended for people having:
- infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
- immediately after surgery
- immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
- prone to blood clots.
- bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.