Thai Massage 101
This style of massage known as “Thai” dates back to India over two millennia ago, having been spread to the U.S. and Western cultures as Buddhism came overseas. Similar to other forms of massage, the Thai version finds its foundation in the principle that all human life centers around an essential life force, known as “Prana.” The human body derives Prana from our living environment, including air, water and our diet. The Prana we take in is then radiated throughout our bodies and around our personal space, forming a network of life energy that nourishes and invigorates us. This energy network is the central concept behind Thai massage.
The Benefits Of Thai Massage
There is a wide range ofadvantages to the Thai version of massage, as it can positively affect many conditions within the human body. It’s certainly useful in treating musculoskeletal issues, including achiness in the upper and lower back. If you experience neck, shoulder or sciatica symptoms, you might find Thai treatments to be effective in treating them. Hip disorders and tension within your arms and legs can also be alleviated.
However, you don’t need to be in pain to realize the benefits of Thai massage. Using these treatments as part of a comprehensive approach to your health and well-being canimprove flexibility, thereby strengthening muscles and making you less prone to injury. Akin to yoga, the movements during a typical session actually lengthen muscles, increase joint flexibility and improve blood flow.
How To Prepare For A Thai Massage
Unlike other forms of massage, the Thai version does not use devices or lotions that make disrobing necessary. Loose clothing is recommended so your body is not restricted during the yoga-like session. Instructors usually suggest that you don’t experience Thai massage if you’re hungry or have just eaten, so it’s wise to have a small snack about an hour beforehand. Thai massage takes place on a padded mat on the floor, similar to yoga. Other similarities to yoga include the breathing techniques, stretches and positions.
If you would like to know more about Thai massage and its physical and mental health benefits, please call or visit the Downtown Athletic Club. Our friendly staff can answer your questions and provide more details about scheduling a session.