Thai massage is a traditional form of massage therapy that combines acupressure, the principles of Indian Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. The practice of Thai massage can be traced to thousands of years ago because of its perceived healing properties at both the physical and emotional levels.
Unlike the typical Western massages, Thai massage does not require a person to lie on a massage bed while the massage therapist applies oil to body and kneads the muscles and pressure points. Instead, a fully-clothed person has to lie on a mat in the ground while the massage therapist uses stretching, pulling and rocking techniques to promote relaxation, relieve stress and improve flexibility and circulation.
Benefits of traditional Thai massage
- Eases the symptoms of migraine headaches – Several small studies have revealed that Thai massage can help ease the symptoms of migraine and tension headaches. It is worth noting that researchers have found out that the benefits of Thai massage can last from several days to about 15 weeks.
- Reduces back pain – Based on the results of a research in Thailand where a group of 120 persons were tested for nonspecific low back pain, it was revealed that Thai massage is an effective non-pharmaceutical means of reducing back pain. Other studies also revealed that Thai massage is effective in reducing back pains with trigger points like tight painful muscle clusters in the upper back.
- Relieves stiffness and pain in the joints – In one study where researchers employed a program of Thai massage and wand exercises to study its effects on knee arthritis, it was found out that the participants felt less pain and were able to walk with ease after the 8-week program. Another study involving 60 participants with osteoarthritis on the knee revealed that 3 weeks of Thai massage provided the same pain relief as 3 weeks of Ibuprofen.
Another traditional form of massage therapy is tantric massage, a full body massage that aims to arouse sexual energy and consciously move that energy around the body. The level of relaxation that the person achieves heightens the sexual experience. Aside from the deeper intimacy with a partner, tantric massage provides relief from stress and improves sleep.