What Happens During A Thai Massage?
During a Thai massage, the therapist uses their entire body to manipulate the client’s body. They move the body into various positions and help stretch, pull and compress muscles and soft tissue.
Unlike a Swedish massage, Thai massage is extremely intense and should not be used as part of a workout session. Clients are encouraged to schedule a Thai massage a day before or a day after a workout, or major athletic event.
Most therapists recommend receiving a Thai massage on days when there is no workout scheduled. When a person chooses to receive a Thai massage, they should set aside enough time to rest and allow the body to heal and recover from the massage. While the massage does not injure the recipient, it does stretch and expand the tissues, allowing fresh, oxygenated blood to flood the area.
Who Benefits From Thai Massage?
Both men and women athletes can benefit from the intensity of a Thai massage. Athletes require a more aggressive approach to massage than individuals who receive them for relaxation and detoxification. The Thai therapist stretches and pulls a recipient's' body into positions that push normal boundaries. The longer the positions are held, the more flexible the body becomes, allowing the person to move more freely and have a much larger range of motion than prior to the massage.
Athletes at the Downtown Athletic Club use Thai massage to prepare their bodies for the next level. Workouts are used to strengthen and tone the body. Thai massage compliments the process by increasing the body's ability to move freely and function over and above normal limits.
Individuals who want to explore how far they can push their bodies will often include Thai massage as a way of enhancing the work they accomplish with exercise, bodybuilding activities and weightlifting techniques. Exercise builds the platform, while Thai massage is the catalyst to spur it into motion. This intense massage provides long lasting benefits. Once improved levels of flexibility are achieved, they can be continually used to further a person's progress.
If you are interested in exploring Thai massage, contact the DAC’s trained and certified massage therapists.