Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai massage is a modality dating back thousands of years. Created by the Father Doctor Shivago Komparaj, Thai massage incorporates assisted yoga, stretching, meditation, breathing, acupressure, reflexology, and muscle compression. Thai massage is a great modality for those suffering from chronic and/or acute pain, or those seeking relaxation. It differs from the traditional Swedish massage (typical relaxation) and other techniques that employ emolient and long massage strokes, and can be a great method of shaking up your massage routine if you are seeking a change or your current treatment plans are not suiting you.
The hallmarks of Traditional Thai massage are that the client remains fully clothed throughout the session and no emolient (lotion, oil, cream, etc.) is used. Clients wear loose, stretchy attire suitable for working out. Thai massage is an excellent option for clients that have allergies to lotions or oils as they are not used in the session. It is most commonly performed on a mat on the floor. Sessions typically last between 60 minutes and two hours. The massage therapist utilizes their hands, arms, legs, and feet to provide joint mobilization, stretch, and muscle compression to client’s tissues.
Receiving Thai massage is a great way to reduce stress, tension, back pain, tension headache, and joint pain or stiffness. It can also increase energy, circulation, lymphatic drainage, flexibility, and range of motion. Thai massage is sometimes referred to as “lazy person’s yoga” and typically feels like a good stretch routine for the client after the session.
As with all modalities, there are some contraindications for Thai massage. Clients diagnosed with cardiovascular disease or osteoporosis should consult their health care provider before seeking Thai massage. Other contraindications include recent surgery, surgical hardware, disc herniations, and recent major joint injury/damage/dislocations. Clients should consult their licensed massage therapist prior to scheduling a Thai massage session if any of these are applicable.
Thai massage is now offered at Warwick Chiropractic & Massage in Lacey, Washington, so stop by or give us a call if you are interested. We look forward to helping you reduce that back/joint pain, relax, and increase your range of motion!
You can now book online for an appointment, simply click the appointment link at the top of the page. For Thai massage in particular, click here and you’ll be taken to our Thai massage therapists booking page instantly.