But what is the difference between Thai Massage and Classic Massage therapy?
My clients who frequent massage therapists are always pleasantly surprised upon our first session together. There are a few key differences between Thai massage techniques, and those “regular” methods traditionally practiced by western massage therapists.
THAI MASSAGE VS. CLASSIC WESTERN STYLES
The first difference you’ll notice between a Thai massage and the classic western styles is the lack of a massage table. Traditional massage takes place atop a massage table, we take the the Thai massage to the floor on a floor-mat. This allows the client a more complete range of motion — which comes in handy. Because unlike western massage styles, you won’t just be lying on your back or stomach when you receive a Thai massage.
Rather than just using hands, fists, forearms and elbows — the standard tools of the Swedish masseuse — Thai therapists may use legs and feet during the massage. Oftentimes, they will use a combination of both to gain leverage as they initiate deep stretches of the client’s arms, legs, hips, and shoulders. Thai Massage therapists also use acupressure to stimulate blood flow, flush out internal organs and for overall relaxation.
LAZY MAN’S YOGA
Clients receive similar relaxation and elongation of muscles from an hour long yoga class, but without the exertion. The client simply relaxes and breathes while the masseuse turns and folds legs, hips and arms into stretching poses, coaxing the muscles to release. Lazy Man’s Yoga is passive which allows the client to relax while the therapist does all the work.
RELAX INTO A THAI MASSAGE
Since no oil is required in a Thai massage, the client may remain fully clothed. However, comfortable, relaxed, fitting clothes are recommended so the clothes don’t become constricting during the session. The more you relax into a Thai massage, the more you’ll feel at ease and knot-free afterward.
Nicole Anthony is an RYT200 Yoga Instructor and Level 2 Intuitive Energy Therapist with over 7 years of leading private and group classes. Along with her passion for yoga, there came a deep connection to the ancient healing practice of Thai Bodywork.
With training from Master Thai Bodyworkers of traditional Thai Massage, Nicole creates a peaceful experience that attends to the energetic, spiritual and emotional bodies. Nicole’s clients leave with a sense of peace for both the body and mind.