be honest. Thai massage tops our list of favorite massage treatments. And we’re
not alone: Thai is becoming one of the most popular types of massage at spas across the U.S. That’s because stretching
feels good and relieves pain– especially when a trained Thai massage therapist
who knows what he’s doing performs it. Read on to discover the surprising benefits of
Thai massage and why you might feel taller, lighter and more energized after
enjoying this therapeutic spa treatment that’s been around for more than 2,000
What Is Thai Massage?
a medical treatment in Thailand, Thai massage is sometimes referred to as “lazy
man’s (or woman’s) yoga” because it resembles a series of assisted yoga poses. Basically, your therapist guides you through a series of
stretches across your entire body.
your massage, you lie on a comfortable floor mat or on a massage table wide
enough to accommodate your therapist and yourself. A traditional Thai massage also
incorporates Ayurvedic principals and acupressure said to release blockages
along energy lines.
to Spafinder, your
therapist might kneel on the back of your legs and pull your arms to arch your
back and open your chest, or she may place her shoulder under your heel to lift
your leg and stretch your hamstring. Because Thai massage involves a lot of
movement, you wear loose-fitting clothing, often provided by the spa. As you
can imagine, lying under a massage sheet just doesn’t work.
Benefits of This Centuries-old Treatment
credit an Indian physician, said to be a contemporary of Buddha, with developing
Thai massage. Shivago Kumar Bhucca’s original idea was to help Buddhist monks
and nuns become more flexible so they could meditate for hours. Fast forward to
2019: Thanks to spending hours hunched over screens and smartphones in a fixed
position, lack of flexibility and muscle tension are big concerns for just
about everyone on the planet. The
benefits of Thai massage are numerous and include:
- Reduce muscle tension and spasms
- Mobilize the joints
- Improve blood circulation
- Improve balance and increase energy
- Treat sciatica, headaches and neck pain
- Improve mood and decrease anxiety and tension
- Help with osteoarthritis that can cause joint pain in the
hands, knees, lower back, and neck
- Increase immune function
Why The Uptick In Thai Massage
massage has always been popular with those who had access to this healing
treatment. But for thousands of years, that access was limited to those who
lived in Thailand or countries in Asia where Thai massage was practiced. In the last decades, several trends are
driving its popularity, resulting in an explosion of spas offering this healing
- Travel is easy and a lot less expensive and a trip to
Thailand is on a lot of bucket lists.
- During their trip, most travelers try an authentic Thai
massage, which is available just about anywhere for a low price. And just like
Pad Thai, once you try it you’re hooked and look for this healing therapy at
- Thai massage requires special training, which is becoming
more available in the U.S. and at special training schools in Thailand. An
increase in trained therapists means more spas can offer the service.
- Some people are uncomfortable with nudity during a massage.
(Guys, we’re looking at you.) Thai massage is the perfect solution: you wear
comfortable clothes and there is no need to shower off massage oil before you
head back to work or play.
Know Before You Go
you book your Thai massage, ask about the therapist’s training. Thai massage
requires a lot of expertise and there are schools that specialize in this
unique spa therapy. Many Thai massage therapists in the U.S. are serious
professionals who received their training in Thailand or spent time in Asia at
intensive programs. Others may have just taken a workshop. It’s good to know
Learn more about why Thai massage can be the ultimate feel-good experience–with a wide range of benefits.
Gift a Thai massage with a Spafinder gift card – or treat yourself.
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“8 Benefits of Thai Massage,” May 2018