Balancing the Body’s Energy with Thai Massage
Stiff? Sore? Stressed? You probably know that a massage will help relieve your aches and pains, but if you’re thinking about a relaxation or Swedish massage, there’s another option that might offer even more relief.
While all massage techniques are highly effective for relieving muscle soreness, Thai massage is especially effective. Thai massage is a centuries old technique that’s still used today with amazing results. It’s known to promote healing in the body, and it can also help rebalance your body’s energy so you feel better for longer.
Not Your Traditional Massage
If this is your first time experiencing a Thai massage, you might be surprised. It’s definitely not your typical massage experience. Most traditional massages require you to take off your clothes, cover yourself with a sheet, and lie down on a table. From there, your massage therapist does most of the work kneading and rubbing your muscles to relieve tension.
A traditional Thai massage is a little different. Rather than lying on a table, you’re fully clothed in loose, stretchy clothing, like yoga wear. You’ll work with your massage therapist on a padded mat on the floor while they stretch, pull, and bend your body.
This may sound uncomfortable or even painful, but it’s quite the opposite! Many people find it relieves tension and helps them improve flexibility. Although the movements are quite a bit like yoga, you don’t need any yoga experience to benefit from the stretching and pain relief of Thai massage.
Benefits of Thai Massage
Thai massage has many health and wellness benefits, including:
Most massages are intended to promote relaxation. However, Thai massage techniques lower stress and tension by helping your entire body stretch and then relax.
Many headaches are caused by stress and tension. Like traditional massages, Thai massage can relieve chronic headaches and migraines.
Physical activity promotes circulation in the body. While Thai massage isn’t really exercise, its stretching and rocking motions mimic yoga, which is known to help improve blood flow throughout the body.
Increase Range of Motion
You probably know that stretching makes you more flexible and helps improve your joint mobility, but many of us don’t stretch at home. A Thai massage can help you incorporate stretching into your routine. With regular Thai massages, you’ll begin to notice an improvement in your mobility and flexibility. You can also take some of the techniques home so you can relieve tension instantly when it arises!
Lessen Muscle Pain and Stiffness
Unlike other massages, Thai massage uses dynamic techniques to move and manipulate a person’s body. These stretching motions help relieve muscle stiffness and soreness on a much deeper level than most traditional massages.
Most importantly, Thai massages help balance and improve your energy by focusing on your energy lines. They improve the flow of energy in your body, which in turn promotes healing and wellness.
What are Energy Lines?
Thai massage focuses on energy lines (or sen lines, as they’re called in Thailand).Energy lines are invisible veins of energy that flow throughout your body. They’re in slightly different locations on every person and can move or shift locations as well. If these lines become blocked or imbalanced for any reason, it can greatly impact how you feel and how your body heals.
Traditional Thai healers believe you can heal many ailments by correcting and focusing the flow of energy in the body. There are 10 main energy channels in your body that can be accessed and manipulated by focusing the pressure, rocking, or stretching on specific points in the body. All of these are incorporated into a Thai massage.
Want to experience Thai massage for yourself? At Therapeutic Body Concepts, our team of licensed massage therapists are trained in traditional Thai massage and look forward to helping you feel your best. Visit our services page to learn more about Thai massage. Or, book your appointment today and experience the change yourself.