Thai massage is usually performed on a mat on the floor, although with modifications, can be performed on a massage table as well. You, the client, wear long, loose (or yoga-type) pants and a t-shirt type top (no shorts or nylon running pants). It is preferable if you do not eat anything about 90 minutes before your massage. Techniques used include stretching, twisting, acupressure, compressions, and joint mobilization using thumbs, fingers, hands, fists, elbows, knees and feet. You will be face up, on your side and face down at various points in the session.
Communication is vital...let your therapist know if anything is uncomfortable.
Thai massage has its roots in a spiritual tradition, and its purpose is to heal a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thai Massage is part of rich indigenous Medicinal Traditions that draw influence from India, Southeast Asia and China. Many of these traditions are thousands of years old.
Benefits include, but are not limited to: relief of muscle tension, back and neck pain, headaches, sciatic nerve pain and digestive disorders , as well as effectively reducing the mental anxiety and physical discomfort brought on by the cumulative effects of everyday stress. Other potential benefits are increased flexibility and range of motion, increased energy, and a sense of calm.
Contraindications include disk herniation, osteoporosis, recent surgery, cardiovascular disease. As with traditional massage, it is always a good idea to check with your doctor if you have any concerns. Massage shouldn't be done over bruises, inflamed or weak skin, unhealed or open wounds, skin rash, tumors, abdominal hernia, or recent fractures.