Thai massage is also sometimes called Thai-Yoga because the massage therapist guides your body through a series of yoga poses while applying gentle pressure to your muscles in a manner that enables the recipient to relax. When the client is relaxed and the stretches are received passively, the muscles can be stretched more deeply. That means you get the best of both worlds — the strength, flexibility, and relaxation benefits of yoga, as well as the tissue-stimulating benefits of a pressure-based massage therapy session.
When engaged in sporting activities, our body is subjected to continuous and sometimes excessive efforts, which can lead to pain in the muscles and joints, as well as an overall feeling of fatigue. Thai massage can be received both before sport performances, to prepare the body for the physical and mental effort thus reducing the risk of injury and after to facilitate fast recovery, accelerate the cooling down and relieve muscular tension.
During a Thai massage many muscles are stretched simultaneously, and the stretches tend to be multi-planar, which means each stretch moves the muscles in more than just one direction. Multi-planar stretches prepare the muscles better for everyday activities than stretches that are isolating or uni-directional.
By the client passively receiving a series of stretches and compressions there is a loosening of stiff joints. The muscles and tendons stretch gradually, increasing their flexibility and endurance, easing tensions and giving a feeling of physical and mental wellbeing. Energy circulation is improved by loosening muscles that commonly tighten and restrict the flow of blood, nerves, oxygen, and other vital energy.