Thai Body Massage includes massage therapy, stretches, and beep breathing techniques. Your therapist may also encourage a quiet meditative state.
It was designed to increase circulation, calm the nervous system, and increase flexibility, range of motion and energy. Typically, with Thai types of massage therapy, joint mobilization and muscle compressions are involved.
Thai full body massage uses no oil, is given on the floor or on a mat, and is performed with the client fully clothed. You are also encouraged to wear comfortable, loose-fitting clothes.
Thai massage usually lasts for one hour. The therapist may use his/her hands, arms, elbows, knees or feet during the session to move your body into yoga-type stretching positions.
It is believed that Thai massage was developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, Buddha's physician, over 2000 years ago. Through the centuries, it was passed down to and performed by monks as another element to Thai medicine treatment.
Over the years, many Ayervedic techniques have been incorporated into the massage, making this bodywork more rigorous than any of the traditional types of massage therapy.
This is one of the massage videos by Chuck Duff, one of the popular instructors of Thai massage:
This 2-disc DVD set, Thai Massage: Therapeutic Thai Fundamentals with Chuck Duff teaches therapeutic Thai massage treatment, giving you the ability to learn at home in your own time. It includes aspects of Northern, Southern, Royal and Jap Sen (nerve touch) styles of Thai, with each being explained carefully, including benefits and cautions for each.
Although there are different forms of Thai massage, the benefits of this ancient therapy are basically the same.
Thai Yoga Massage is a holistic and meditative style of Thai massage, that is also interactive. While traditional forms of Thai bodywork came from Thailand, Thai Yoga Massage has roots in the Ayurvedic massage.
Referred to as "assisted yoga", Thai Yoga Massage includes techniques of yoga, breathing, stretching, acupressure, and compression along energy lines.
With both types of Thai body massage, the practitioner uses stretches that stretch their body, which helps the therapist, and extends their career, helping them help others longer.