Traditional Thai massage is a beautiful treatment that can almost feel like dance between practitioner and receiver due to its rhythmical nature and use of assisted stretches. The receiver lies on a futon in loose clothing, and the practitioner uses pressure with hands and sometimes feet to massage the whole body. The aim is to bring movement and flexibility back into tired bodies and minds.
Here is why I love it and why I think this traditional treatment is the perfect antidote to modern times. It’s a cheat’s yoga class! We all know that sitting at desks or hunched over laptops and phones plays havoc with our posture. Yoga is brilliant for helping to relieve some of these ailments but sometimes we just want to relax! Traditional Thai massage perfectly combines the benefits of the yoga class with the feeling you get from a relaxing massage. It uses lots of assisted stretches that lengthen tight muscles and improve joint flexibility but you don’t have to do the work. Result.
It’s a tonic for both body and mind.
Our lives are running at full pelt and it can be really hard to completely switch off. Thai massages are longer than a lot of other treatments (the shortest is 1.5 hours) but I have found that this extra time really allows the body to let go and gives the mind chance to rest. I think this is one of the reasons the treatment is so effective and gives such a lasting feeling of relaxation.
It’s a whole body treatment that gets to the roots of your tension.
We often want massage to focus only on the places where we are experiencing the most pain and although this can feel good it may not treat the real cause of the problem. For example, tight hamstrings can be the cause of a low backache rather than tension in the back itself. Traditional Thai massage works the whole body starting at your feet and methodically working round the whole body so the practitioner can really find each tight area and work to relieve it.
It feels fantastic!
Perhaps it is not what you might normally go for when booking a massage but I invite you to try this wonderful style of massage. It may be a little different but I believe it has something very special to offer.