What are the benefits of Thai massage?
Thai massage can benefit both the body and the mind, including alleviating general aches and pains, relieving headaches and shoulder and neck tension. It can also be helpful in controlling stress and managing anxiety and depression. By lowering stress levels, the immune system is automatically boosted. Thai massage can also help prepare and recover from workouts. The stretches involved help to loosen the body and open joints that most people cannot do without help, thereby increasing flexibility and range of motion.
People often report that as well as feeling relaxed after a Thai massage, they feel like they have more energy. One of the lasting effects of Thai massage is that it releases emotional tension as well as muscle tension.
Who is Thai massage for?
Thai massage can be adapted to suit anyone. However as with all massage therapies, for the following conditions, it is advisable to check with your GP before booking a treatment: cancer, diabetes, epilepsy, rheumatism, osteoporosis, osteoarthritis and cardiovascular conditions including thrombosis.
Before beginning your first treatment, you will be asked to complete and sign a form outlining any medical conditions, health problems or injuries you may have. A new client treatment consultation form can be requested via email from the contact page.
Do not have a massage if you are suffering from a fever or have any contagious illness.
Does Thai massage hurt?
Thai massage can be intense but it is not supposed to be painful. Please let the practitioner know before the treatment starts what type of pressure you would prefer. For all massages, the practitioner will start off with a lighter pressure, adapting the depth to suit you as you may require different amounts of pressure on different parts of your body. After your muscles have been warmed up and relaxed by the pressure massage, the practitioner will then apply the stretches to suit your flexibility.
What should I wear for a Thai massage?
Loose comfortable clothing or stretchy clothing which allows full freedom of movement – a t-shirt and sweatpants or leggings is ideal. When you lie down and relax your body temperature drops so you may wish to wear a long sleeved top. Please let the practitioner know if you are feeling cold so you can be covered up with a blanket.
If you opt for a Thai or Warm Bamboo massage with oil, you will be required to remove all of your clothing except your underwear. You will be covered with soft towels to ensure you are kept warm - the therapist will only uncover areas of your body as they are being worked on.
How should I prepare for my massage?
Make sure your body is well hydrated in order to benefit the most from your massage – this will also help prevent tight muscles. As with all massage, it is advisable not to eat a heavy meal 1-1.5 hours before your treatment. After the massage, drink warm water or hot tea as this will help to flush out the toxins which are released during the treatment.