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How Does Traditional Thai Massage Differ From Other Forms of Massage?
by Ion Doaga
You may be a fan of Swedish massage which is always relaxing, but what if you want something a little deeper to really get to the root of your pain.
You can’t really decide which treatment to go with deep tissue massage, shiatsu or thai massage.
You want to feel energized and stretchy and this perfectly describes the feeling after having a thai massage.
You’ve heard people saying “thai massage therapy is a serious healing art”, “Not sure if I came out of pilates or a massage. The therapist twisted me all over and I’m all stretched now” Or “I think I will be super stretchy after thai massage”.
You hear all this great feedback about thai massage and you become interested to give it a try.
Here are the aspects of thai massage that makes this treatment different from other regular massages.
1. Stretching and range of motion
Thai massage is unique in that it applies stretching techniques by placing your body in different positions that opens and releases tension in the body.
In West they also call it “thai yoga massage” or “yoga for lazy people”. It’s because your body is placed in positions which are very similar to asanas in yoga, but the difference is that you don’t need to put any efforts. You just need to relax and let it go.
Along with stretching techniques the therapist applies deep pressure techniques which in the end results in a relaxing and energizing treatment.
2. Minimalism in Thai massage
Generally thai massage is done on a floor mat. There is no need for oil to be used in that massage, so the client can remain fully clothed.
That’s everything what is necessary to achieve the benefits of thai massage. Surprising isn’t it?
A traditional thai house has very little furniture and almost everything is done on the floor. There is simplicity and elegance to sitting and doing things on the floor.
3. The meditative aspect of thai massage
Among the physical benefits thai massage is also a spiritual and meditative treatment. This has a huge effect on the experience and on the healing effect of the treatment.
When thai massage therapists start their practice they always start with a prayer (wai-khru). This prayer sets the intention and aligns therapist focus on bringing true health and wellness to the client.
4. Thai herbal ball an addition to the treatment
Though thai massage does not use oil it still uses thai herbal packs to accompany the work. This can be applied before or during the rest of the treatment.
Thai herbal ball is a cotton bag that contains essential oils and herbs. The thai herbal pack is heated and than applied on the skin which relax the muscles. For more information read this link.
5. The client often changes positions during the treatment
In regular massages the client lies either on the stomach or on the back. In thai massage in addition to that the client lies on both sides and some positions involves having you sit.
Thai massage is the most dynamic treatment in comparison with other massages.
What is the difference between thai massage and shiatsu
The sentence that describes shiatsu massage is – all you have to do is press by Shizuto Masunaga the founder of Zen Shiatsu.
The main difference is that shiatsu focuses mostly on applying pressure techniques on acupuncture points to achieve health goals, and thai massage focuses mainly on stretching techniques which aim to improve flexibility and range of motion.
Though shiatsu also requires the client to change positions to both sides and even sitting, it is not as intense as thai massage.
Thai massage is a bit more dynamic and it suits the better those who don’t mind being tossed around like a doll. It may not be as relaxing to most people, but it’s very effective in getting rid of the pain and tiredness you might feel after a tiring day.
What is the difference between thai massage and Swedish massage
Swedish massage is one of the most popular in west and it’s also known as “classical massage”.
In swedish massage are used five techniques: stroking, gliding, kneading, pounding and shaking. During the treatment essential oils and lotions are used to suit the client’s skin to make the application of massage techniques easier. The client is undressed and is covered with a towel, which means that the massage place must be private. For a Swedish massage the client lies on a table.
As you see the differences swedish massage and thai massage are a bit more pronounced. Swedish massage make uses of many products when thai massage is more simplistic.
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Ion Doaga is a former karate athlete and is passionate about body treatments.Everything he does, he believes in challenging the status quo. He believes in thinking differently. He writes about body treatments and practices for people who are busy with their life duties. Visit his website at massagedreams.com. You can connect with Ion on www.facebook.com/massagezone and twitter.com/massagedreams.