|Traditional Thai Massage
Unlike Western massage styles, the Thai version focuses on circulation and pressure points,
promoting internal health as well as muscular flexibility. Treatment often begins with the feet and
gradually moves upwards towards the head. The body is gently arranged into four positions (face-
down, face-up, side, and sitting position), which enables the masseur to perform a variety of
exercises that would be otherwise unworkable. Elbows, feet, knees, and forearms are used to
execute certain strokes and manipulations, making the experience quite physical for both
parties. Finding oneself in the lap of a masseur, though occasionally surprising, is not uncommon
and serves to augment a deep stretch.
Nearly as common as the body massage, Thai foot massage options appear almost everywhere
the former is available. Though the title implies only feet are tended to, in actuality legs, lower
thighs, hands and forearms also receive attention during a traditional Thai foot massage. After
cleansing, the feet are anointed with a skin lotion or oil and reflex points are stimulated with
fingers and occasionally a small wooden stick. Force is applied tenderly and precisely to specific
nerve endings at the bottom of the feet. Each part of the foot is reputably linked to another, often
distant part of the body, with influence extending to vital organs as well as muscles. Pressing at
the base of the second toe is thought to rouse the nerve controlling the lungs and bronchial
system, while drawing a knuckle along the instep eases pain in the spine and promotes better
posture. Thai foot massage ensures that feet and legs are lavished with the consideration and
attentiveness they deserve. They are the pillars of the human body, after all.
The benefits of a Thai Foot Massage
Improved circulation and toxin removal.
Stimulated lymphatic drainage and immune system boost.
Reduced stiffness and improved flexibility.
Accelerated physical healing
Clarity of mind
Another variation to the Thai massage is a facial massage treatment. Just like any other form of
massage, facial massage relieves tension, promotes relaxation and restores energy to the face
and body by increasing circulation. During sleep, circulation is decreased in the body, meaning
less blood flow to the face which results in puffiness and a drained complexion. Facial massage
stimulates blood flow in facial tissue, restoring a healthy glow and maintaining a firm and smooth
Thai facial therapy uses gentle, circular strokes along differing regions of the head, face, and
neck. Finger movement is always in an upward motion and, when performed regularly, keeps skin
appearing tight and youthful. The forehead and nose are targeted to reduce the appearance of
horizontal lines and the nostril area receives focused rubbing to unclog pores and reduce
blemishes. Mouth and cheeks receive wider, sweeping strokes to prevent wrinkles and the
sagging of facial muscles, while the chin and neck are targeted to promote muscle tone. The
gestures aimed at the neck area are often performed in order to thwart the vile and loathsome
double chin. With gentle fingers gliding over closed eyes, Thai facial massage makes relaxation
virtually inevitable and couples the experience with improvements in skin texture and appearance.
Though the standard technique varies little, there are a few sub-styles within the traditional Thai
massage context. Some practices include the external application of water, lubricants, salt
scrubs and other topical preparations and devices that mimic or improve the actions of hands.
Essential oils are a common supplement to Thai massage, and incorporating aspects of
aromatherapy in conjunction may provide further benefits.
Many establishments in Bangkok offer aromatherapy separately or as an addition intended to
enhance another style of massage. An aromatherapy massage is a treatment involving oils that
are naturally extracted from plants to balance, harmonize, and promote the health of body and
mind. Distinct fragrances are thought to trigger memory and enhance an individual's responses
to the aroma; perhaps calming, inducing relaxation, or restoring energy. The oils used in each
session are usually determined with input from both the masseur and client, seeking to remedy
specific needs. Several oils are decided upon after a consultation and blended into a massage oil
to be used during the treatment
A treatment using traditional Thai herbs. A heated parcel of traditional herbs is administered
directly to the body, penetrating deep into the muscle restoring balance and alleviating pain.
Ideally suited for sports related stresses and strains.
Massage is not recommended for certain people:
* infectious skin disease, rash, or open wounds
* immediately after surgery
* immediately after chemotherapy or radiation, unless recommended by your doctor
* prone to blood clots. There is a risk of blood clots being dislodged. If you have heart disease,
check with your doctor before having a massage
* pregnant women should check with their doctor first if they are considering getting a massage.
Massage in pregnant women should be done by massage therapists who are certified in
* massage should not be done directly over bruises, inflamed skin, unhealed wounds, tumors,
abdominal hernia, or areas of recent fractures.
* Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage
* If it's your first time at the clinic or spa, arrive at least 10 minutes early to complete the
necessary forms. Otherwise, arrive 5 minutes early so you can have a few minutes to rest and
relax before starting the massage.
* Be sure that your massage therapist has your complete health history, because people with
certain conditions should not have Thai massage.
* If you feel discomfort at any time, let your massage therapist know.
|Traditional Thai Massage (Body)
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