Your first Thai massage will be a unique and calming experience. Thai massage is a type of massage therapy that incorporates traditional Thai healing practices, along with more contemporary Western methods. It is usually done on a futon-like mat on the floor and involves the use of hands, feet, elbows, and knees to apply pressure to different areas of the body.
Before the massage begins, the therapist will ask you some questions and discuss your desired outcome so they can tailor your treatment plan to meet your needs. You should also tell your therapist if you prefer a certain amount of pressure and if certain parts of your body are more sensitive than others.
When the massage begins, the therapist will use a gentle, yet firm, pressure applied to manipulates your joints, muscles, and tendons to help reduce tension, stimulate energy flow and enhance relaxation. This type of massage also includes stretching and rocking techniques to help release tight muscles and improve your range of motion.
During the massage, you will be expected to remain clothed and comfortable. The therapist may move you into various positions to access the areas of your body that need work and will often apply a blend of oils to reduce friction. You are encouraged to communicate with your massage therapist during the entire session and tell them if areas are feeling tender or if you need more pressure or less.
The goal of a Thai massage is to leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. You can expect your muscles and joints to be more relaxed while energy flow is increased. After your massage, your therapist will provide you with any advice or guidance and can also offer additional treatments you may benefit from if necessary.