Thai massage, or Thai yoga massage is quickly growing in popularity. You will find this type of massage is not for everyone. It uses ayurvedic methods, assisted positions of yoga, and acupressure.
Most massages use oils, or lotions to work the skin but not in Thai yoga massage. For this massage, while clothes your body is stretched, pulled, and compressed. You should wear something comfortable and loose so as to maximize your benefits. You will be worked through several traditional yoga poses by the masseuse.
This type of massage is very relaxing for most. It often serves to alleviate joint pain. If your pain increases, or is sharp during the massage stop immediately! Tell your masseuse so they may determine if continuing is okay.
It is not uncommon for a Thai massage to last two hours. You do not want to cause yourself any harm during this time so notify them immediately if it occurs.
Look for Certified Masseuses
For the best results it is important to look for Thai masseuses who have been certified. An untrained person could accidentally cause harm to you or someone else.
Most massage goers are seeking stress relief, mood lifting, muscle/joint pain relief, or relaxation. You will likely experience several of these benefits. But, be wary of wild claims, especially of a medical nature. Do independent research to find clinical studies to back any such claims.
While massage can be very beneficial, it is not magic cure. Please do not be fooled, and check around to make sure what you are paying is indeed a competitive price.
Some locations will offer packages for frequent customers. These can help make massage therapy a monthly part of your budget! If your massage therapist does not offer any discounts, consider asking for a bulk discount. This may mean buying many sessions up front but if you enjoy it enough it may be the best route for you to go.