When you experience deep pressure yoga with assistance, it will be something very special. You’re probably accustomed to the standard Swedish massages. If you’re looking for a change that will target your arthritis or any soreness or stiffness in your muscles, then you should try a Thai massage instead.
A lot of massage modalities will generally require you to get naked and lie face down on a massage table while the massage therapist rubs massage oil on your back. The great thing about Thai massages is that you can stay fully clothed the whole time. You only need a padded mat to use for this massage as well.
Standard massages involve a lot of kneading work on the client’s body with the hands. Thai massages use different massage techniques, such as rocking, stretching, and pulling different areas and limbs of the client’s body. The idea is to increase their flexibility, reduce their tension, and enhance and strength their range of motion.
A Thai massage therapist will not only use their hands, but they will also use their feet, legs, and knees as well. Their purpose is to move your body so that you are doing various yoga-type stretches. They also focus on acupressure, mobilizing the joints, and deep compression of the muscles.
What is truly interesting about Thai massages is how it accommodates the ancient practices of Asian cultures. In other words, it considers the energy flow that is believed to exist within your body. Whenever there is a problem with someone’s health, it is likely because there is an imbalance or blockage in the body’s internal energy flow. So, the therapist works to unblock this area and allow the energy to flow smoothly.
Is It Painful to Get a Thai Massage?
Do not confuse good pain with bad pain. For instance, when a therapist applies pressure to muscle adhesions or knots, it will hurt temporarily but then feel relieved afterward. This is different pain than the kind of pain you would experience from pulling a muscle, stretching inappropriately, or lifting too much weight. Therefore, you will likely experience a small level of discomfort when it comes to relieving muscle knots. The good news is that it will leave you in less pain after it is over.
Since you will be going to a licensed, qualified, and experienced massage therapist, they will know how to apply the massage pressure properly in order to reduce your pain as much as possible. If the therapist ever causes you pain, then you can just tell them and they will alter the movements and pressure that they are placing on you.
Thai Massage Advantages
All massages are meant to help a person relieve their stress and relax more.
That way, they can avoid serious health issues connected to stress. In addition, massages are a great way to increase your energy, flexibility, and range of motion. Thai massages go a step further because they’re believed to treat many more health issues than standard massages.
Here is a rundown of what Thai massages will do:
Increase your energy Boost circulation Increase drainage of the lymphatic system Reduce muscle pain Reduce muscle stiffness Reduce back pain Reduce headaches caused by tension Relax the central nervous system
Things to Consider First
When you consult with a licensed massage therapist about getting a Thai massage, they should inquire about your current and previous health issues first. The reason is that Thai massages won’t be safe for everyone if they have certain health problems like cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, disk herniation, or any type of surgery done recently. The best thing to do is talk with your primary care physician prior to getting any type of Thai massage treatment. Your doctor is the best person to determine whether it is safe for you to get this massage or not. The therapist won’t always be the best judge of that.
If you are a pregnant woman, then it is even more imperative that you consult with your doctor prior to getting a Thai massage. If your doctor says it is safe, then you should still look for a licensed massage therapist that has a specialty certification in pregnancy massages.
No massage should ever be applied to areas of the body that have weak or damaged skin, inflammation, bruising, wounds, tumors, fractures, rashes, or abdominal hernias.
Things to Know Prior to Your Massage Appointment
The massage therapist will likely ask you to wear clothing that is comfortable and loose on you.
One Thai massage therapy session should last between 1 to 2 hours.
Try not to eat a big meal before your appointment. If you’ve never gone to this spa, clinic, or massage business before, try to get there 10 minutes before your scheduled appointment. This will give you time to fill out the various forms and documentation that new patients are required to fill out. If this isn’t your first time, then getting there 5 minutes before your scheduled appointment is fine. These 5 minutes will give you enough time to change your clothes if necessary.
Like previously stated, the massage therapist needs to know your current and previous medical issues and health history. This will allow them to know whether a Thai massage is safe for you to receive.
Whenever you feel pain or discomfort during the treatment, tell the therapist immediately.
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