Thai massage is performed while you are fully clothed.
The therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches and also applies deep muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure.
Thai massage also utilizes energy work, which, according to ancient Asian culture, treats the subtle energetic field within the body.
This treatment energizes, rejuvenates and increases blood and oxygen circulation.
Is Thai Massage Painful?
Applying pressure to tender muscle fiber adhesions (known as “muscle knots”) can hurt, but there is a difference between that type of discomfort and pain due to excessive or inappropriate pressure and stretching.
While it may be difficult to avoid some discomfort when targeting muscle knots, a qualified, licensed massage therapist should be able to adjust the massage pressure and movements so that you are not in pain.
Thai massage is sometimes described as painful, but a licensed massage therapist should use your feedback and adjust the degree of pressure and stretching.
Massage of all types is often used to relieve stress and protect against stress-related health issues. It is also said to boost energy and improve range of motion and flexibility. Thai massage, in particular, is said to benefit or ameliorate many different health problems. Specifically, it may:
- Relieve tension headaches
- Reduce types of back pain (typically subacute and chronic nonspecific back pain)
- Relieve muscle pain and spasticity as well as joint stiffness and pain
- Increase flexibility and range of motion
- Stimulate circulation and lymphatic drainage
- Boost energy
- Calm the nervous system
Thai massage may not be safe for someone with health conditions such as disk herniation, osteoporosis, recent surgery, or cardiovascular disease.
Some additional tips
Don’t eat a heavy meal before a massage.
If it’s your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 20 minutes early to complete the necessary forms and change. Otherwise, arrive at least five minutes early so you can have time to change before starting the massage.
Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with certain conditions should not have Thai massage.
If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.
Thai foot massage is a holistic healing technique that provides relaxation, balance in the body’s various systems, and healthy blood circulation. It is known as a therapy to foster general good health and mental serenity. Crystals of calcium and uric acid (toxic wastes) that have built up are dispersed.
Proponents report relief from stress, back and other chronic pain, plantar fasciitis, allergies, high blood pressure, sleep disorder, fibromyalgia, gout, migraine, arthritis, diabetes, kidney, and digestive problems. Reflexology helps the body regain and maintain its general good health and natural balance.
Enhanced flow of blood and nutrients tend to maintain or improve the health condition of the body parts, and many ailments are cured or reduced. The immune system is boosted, healing is accelerated, the body is refreshed, and the mind is cleared of stress.
- Improves circulation in feet and legs
- Improves lymphatic drainage
- A boost for the immune system
- Reduces stiffness and improves flexibility
- Encourages physical healing
- Stress relief
- Improves sleep
- Improves concentration and clarity of mind
- Leaves you with a general feeling of tranquility, calmness, and well being
How it Works
Thai Foot Massage is a treatment of the lower legs and feet that involves physically stretching and massaging to open Sen (energy). There are 10 major energy lines that run throughout the body from the top of the head down to the soles of the feet, where they end as pressure points. It is these that provide a map of the whole body and the organs. By stimulating these we are able to encourage the mind and body to restore its own natural healthy balance therefore keeping the whole body harmonized.
What happen in a session ?
The massage is usually given fully clothed, ideally wearing loose fitting clothing that can be taken up comfortably above the knee. The client will sit on a reclining chair throughout the massage.
Thai Foot Massage is great for tired feet, improving circulation and lymph movement in the feet and lower legs, and improving flexibility. If you have tried reflexology, you will also enjoy this fabulous treatment, but will be surprised at how different the techniques feel! Certainly, like reflexology, you will leave the session feeling relaxed, yet energized and invigorated!
Foot massage may not be safe for someone with health conditions such as osteoporosis, recent surgery on your legs, feet, severe heart or serious health problems,
Massage shouldn’t be done over bruises, inflamed or weak skin, unhealed or open wounds, skin rash, tumors, abdominal hernia, or recent fractures and contagious disease or sores.
Thai Oil Massage
Thai Oil Massage is a variant of Traditional Thai massage, uses firm pressure and deep rhythmic movements along meridian/energy lines of the body.
This treatment aims to unblock, balance and restore the body’s natural flow of Prana/Qi/Chi/Energy and so maintain equilibrium in all organs and systems within the body thus preventing poor health and disease, enabling the body to heal itself and work efficiently.
Thai Oil Massage utilises the properties of specific oils to allow the therapist to glide over the body. A mix of stretching, firm pressure, rhythmic massage and rolling techniques are used over the whole body.
It is perfect for anyone who is particularly stressed, needs invigorating or balancing, or those who just appreciate a treatment using firmer pressure or something a little different to the norm!
This treatment can be very powerful with the following benefits:
- Improved flexibility in muscles and joints
- Eased muscle pain
- Deep tissue relaxation
- Stress relief – calmed nervous system
- Boosted immune system
- Increased energy levels – preventing illness
- Great feeling of well-being
- Strengthened organs and bodily systems
Aromatherapy massage is massage therapy with essential oils (highly concentrated plant oils) added to the massage oil or lotion.
Inhaling essential oils through the nose is thought to promote beneficial changes in the mind and body by affecting the limbic system (a region of the brain known to influence the nervous system).
Essential oils are also believed to be absorbed through the skin.
Why Do People Get Aromatherapy Massage?
People often get it for muscle- and joint-related conditions or for physical or mental stress.
Other conditions include:
- Digestive disorders
- Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)
- Back pain
Each essential oil used in aromatherapy is said to have different properties. For example, some calm while others energize. Here are some widely used essential oils and their purported properties:
- Calming – chamomile, lavender, geranium
- Uplifting – ylang-ylang, clary sage, rose, neroli
- Energizing – rosemary
- Decongesting – eucalyptus, pine, tea tree
Your massage therapist may pick oils based on your symptoms or your preferences.
Simply relax all your body and mind.
What to Expect During an Aromatherapy Massage
After the consultation, essential oils may be selected for you and mixed into the massage oil or lotion. Many massage therapists use pre-blended massage oil or lotion.
The subtle aroma of the essential oils fills the air around you during the massage.
Essential oils may cause an allergic skin reaction. Essential oils can be absorbed through skin, so it’s important to avoid excessive use of aromatherapy oils. If you’re sensitive to scents, aromatherapy may not be right for you.
Massage shouldn’t be done directly over bruises, skin rashes, inflamed or weak skin, unhealed wounds, tumors, abdominal hernia, or fractures.
Body Scrub Massage
Exfoliate and renew your skin leaving it fresh, smooth, soft and lovely to touch. A variety of Body Scrubs are available and one is perfect for your skin type. You will find the vigorous rubbing and massaging of this treatment enjoyable. Body Scrubs also improve skin tone, and fine-tune the skin for a perfect body wrap or massage treatment.
This rich natural scrub was specially formulated to nourish and refresh very dry skin. Dead skin cells are removed, pores shrink and the skin is moisturized. Your newer and brighter skin emerges after a scrub with this fusion of soft-textured of natural Thai Coconut, Loofah, Shea Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil and Witch Hazel.
This refreshing body scrub uses nutrients extracted from plankton and aloe vera to repair damaged skin and protect it from the harsh environment. These nutrients, combined with sweet almond oil which is rich in protein and vitamin emollients, leave your skin soothed and nourished. The clean, crisp fragrances of rosemary and peppermint essential oils will lift your mood and promote calm and relaxation.
The Secrets of Lanna Beauties inspire this Body Scrub. It uses a combination of golden silk cocoons and satin sugar to pleasure your skin and stimulate new growth. Golden glitter is infused into sal butter to moisturize and restore your skin while your senses are indulged with the heady scent of jasmine. Nourishing and regenerating for all types of skin.
This sweet treat for normal skin has a wonderful fresh scent. Concocted from whole fresh oranges, organic cornflakes, and locally harvested honey and sea salt, this scrub exfoliates and cleanses the skin. It removes dead, dry skin cells to reveal your more youthful body within.
Awaken your senses with this delightful scrub for normal skin. We use finely ground coffee to stimulate the skin’s blood flow and creamy yogurt to naturally hydrate the skin. Honey protects and nourishes to help your skin look and feel softer and smoother.