Thai massage involves particular stretches and strokes, performed on clothed clients on floor mats or low tables. It opens the joints and stimulates blood flow. This involves at least 104 postures from yogic origins.
Thai massage was developed over 2,500 years ago from the Chinese Meridian Theory and Ayurvedic medicine in Thailand. Over time, these medicinal theories evolved into Thai Medicine, with four branches: massage, diet, medicines and herbs, and spiritual practice.
The relationship with yoga can be seen in the stone carvings at temples in Thailand that visually describe the 104 movements and postures of Thai massage. Some practitioners, due to the yoga connection, call the practice Thai yoga massage.
Treatment, performed on a floor mat, progresses through various poses. Practitioners spend extra time and care on certain poses based on the client's needs.
The client progresses through four positions: on the back, the front, side lying, and sitting. Thai massage is often described as gentle assisted yoga that slowly releases muscles and increases range of motion. Hand techniques also assist muscular relaxation.
Thai massage can increase range of motion, open up circulation, release chronic tension, and encourage optimal energy flow.
A level of training that includes every competency component needed to safely and appropriately apply the treatment.
An additional treatment that first requires the practitioners to be trained in an appropriate related discipline.