Thai massage and health benefits

Thai massage or Thai yoga massage is a traditional healing system that combines acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles and assisted yoga postures.

The health benefits of Thai massage include lowering stress, increasing energy and improving athletic performance.

Thai massage uses gentle pressure and stretching techniques to relax the whole body. This is an ancient healing practice that originated in India from about 2,500–7,000 years ago. The technique that Thai masseurs have is very different from what people in the West might be used to. Unlike Swedish or shiatsu massage technique where a person passively lies on a bed, the client lies on the floor or on a massage table and participates more actively in the massage.


Thai massage has many health benefits, from lowering stress to relieving muscle tension. It can even increase energy. Below, we discuss five health benefits of Thai massage.

1. Lowers stress

Thai massage involves movement and manipulation of the body to relieve physical and emotional tension. Stress is not necessarily bad. Often, stress can act as a positive motivator that can help push people to do better and achieve more in their personal and professional lives.

​However, too much stress can have a negative impact on mental and physical health. Chronic or prolonged stress can lead to serious illnesses, including depression and cardiovascular disease.

Thai massage uses pressure and stretching techniques to relax the body. A 2015 study found that Thai massage significantly reduces the levels of a specific stress marker present in saliva, called sAA. The researchers concluded that Thai massage is more effective at reducing stress in healthy people than just resting.

2. Increase your energy levels

Research has shown that Thai massage can increase people's physical energy levels. A randomized trial examined the effects of Thai and Swedish massage treatments on people who experienced fatigue. The results revealed that Thai massage increased energy and mental stimulation, while Swedish massage was more likely to improve relaxation and sleep.

The Thai massage technique is based on the notion of energy lines or "Sen" and that there are different "Sen" or channels, energies, in the body. "Sen" corresponds to different parts of the body, such as bones, muscles, blood and nerves. Some Sen also affect the mind and consciousness. These are called subtle channels.

The theory suggests that tight muscles cause blockages within various Sen. These blockages reduce the flow of life energy, resulting in stiffness, pain and illness. Thai massage uses different techniques that either open or narrow different Sen to correct the flow of life energy.

3. Relieves headache

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4. Stimulates cirkulation of blood

Thai massage can promote circulation of blood  by using gentle stretches. These yoga-like stretches increase blood circulation, which fills the body's tissues with oxygen. This helps promote cell growth and heart health.

One study looked at the benefits of Thai foot massage in people with peripheral neuropathy, a common complication of diabetes. The researchers found that this massage helped improve people's balance. They believe that this is because it improved blood circulation, which in turn stimulates the somatosensory system. This is a system that plays an important role in balance.

5. Increases flexibility

Thai massage includes yoga-like stretches to reduce stress and improve circulation. The gradual, gentle stretching increases the person's flexibility over time and provides a greater range of motion. Thai massage can also improve the circulation of fluid in the joints or synovial fluid, reducing friction between the joints. This can improve joint mobility and range of motion.

Athletes are prone to fatigue, muscle aches and joint pain and injuries during their workouts. That is why many athletes work with specialized sports massage therapists. Sports massage combines assisted stretches and various massage techniques to treat sports injuries and improve an athlete's range of motion. Practitioners will often use assisted stretching to target a specific area of ​​the body or a specific muscle group.

Thai massage, on the other hand, gradually stretches the whole body so that the person can relax. The dynamic stretches used by Thai massage practitioners can offer deeper, more restorative stretches than some assisted stretching techniques for sports massage.

Relaxation combined with the energetic and refreshing effects of Thai massage will help you feel mentally and physically restored and healed. Thai massage also improves circulation, bringing more oxygen to muscles and other tissues. This can prevent injuries and improve the athlete's ability to recover after intense training.

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