Thai Massage

Thai Massage Fort Myers

What is Thai Massage?

Thai massage is believed to have been developed by Jivaka Kumar Bhaccha, physician to Buddha, more than 2,500 years ago in India. It made its way to Thailand, where the Ayurvedic techniques and principles gradually became influenced by traditional Chinese medicine. For centuries, Thai massage was performed by monks as one component of Thai medicine.

While Swedish massage permits the recipient to zone out and relax, Thai massage encourages the recipient to become more engaged and energized, for increased mindfulness. People describe Thai massage as both relaxing and energizing.

Thai massage is more energizing and rigorous than more classic forms of massage. Thai massage is also called Thai yoga massage, because the therapist uses his or her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into a series of yoga-like stretches. Many people say Thai massage is like doing yoga without any work. Muscle compression, joint mobilization, and acupressure are also used during treatment.

What Benefits Does Thai Massage Offer?

The benefits of Thai massage include the following:

  • Relaxes
  • Reduces stress
  • Migraine relief
  • Sprains & bruises
  • Improves sleep
  • Relief from asthma
  • Increases circulation
  • Increases energy
  • Increases flexibility
  • Increases immune system
  • Improves range of motion
  • Centers the mind & body

Improved Circulation

Thai massage works similar to regular yoga poses. As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the yogi releases the pose, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. Twisting and inverted Thai yoga massage positions, such as plough, shoulder stand and spinal twist, are particularly effective in refreshing circulation. According to “Yoga Journal,” inverted poses can help with lymphatic drainage, the return of blood to the heart and digestion.

Release of Mental and Emotional Stress

Thai massage therapy can be an alternative approach to mental health care. In Thai massage, as well as other massage schools, the release of emotional or mental stress occurs through the manipulation of muscles. Thai massage also incorporates meditation, which can help participants manage stress and let go of negative emotions. The therapist works to carefully help the participant find the connection between exterior, or physical issues, and interior issues of the mind and heart.

Boosted Immune System

A boosted immune system is listed as one of the benefits of Thai massage. The American Massage Therapy Association lists several scientific studies which support the claim that participants can improve their immune systems through Thai massage. By invigorating the nervous system and releasing toxins through improved circulation, Thai massage students may increase their immunity to diseases. It is also believed that the practice of these poses can lead to longevity.