What to Expect at Your First Thai Massage Appointment
For first-time massage patients, the idea of Thai massage may be intimidating. Most massage patients expect a form of deep-tissue massage with a melange of oils and a few hot stones. If you did your research on Thai massage, then you’d know it’s a bit different from your traditional massage experience. And if you haven’t done your research, you may be surprised when your massage therapist sits on top of you and folds you in half. While Thai massage may feel exertive during your session, afterwards, you’ll feel rejuvenated and ready to come back for more.
What is Thai Massage?
Thai massage dates back over 2500 years ago, founded by an Indian physician by the name of Shivago Kompara. He was said to be a friend and personal physician to the Buddha. As Buddhism made its way into Thailand, so did many Buddhist healing practices, including Thai massage. Thai massage was quickly adopted as one of the five branches of Thai medicine.
Most traditional massages focus on relieving muscle tension, but Thai massage focuses on releasing blockages along your ten energy lines, called “Sen.” Pressure is applied along the Sen lines to correct imbalances in the body, improving overall client health.
What to Expect
When you book a Thai massage appointment at Zense Thai Massage & Spa, you’ll be taken to a private room with a relaxing atmosphere. Because traditional Thai massage does not involve oils or lotions, you will remain fully clothed for the massage. You will receive a set of loose-fitting clothes to change into.
You’ll notice that there are soft padded mats on the floor. By lying on a mat, instead of a bed, your massage therapist will be able to effectively move and stretch you into different poses. Think of Thai massage as a form of assisted yoga. You’ll go through several different poses, including lying down on your back, stomach, and sides. Some poses will also require you to sit up. This ensures that all your Sen lines are targeted.
During your session, massage therapists will use every part of their body, including their thumbs, elbows, knees, and feet. They may sit on your feet and legs to push and pull you into deeper stretches.
Depending on your flexibility and desired pressure, you can ask your therapist to increase or decrease intensity. Although Thai massage is known to feel unpleasant, you should let your therapist know if you are experiencing pain. At Zense Thai Massage & Spa, every massage therapist is expertly trained in the art of Thai massage and will adjust pressure and movement accordingly.
Benefits of Thai Massage
Thai massage is said to:
Reduce muscle tension & spasms
Increase flexibility and range of motion
Improve blood circulation
Stimulate lymphatic draining
Balance and increase energy
The mind, body, and spirit are all connected. After repeated Thai massage sessions, you’ll notice a boost of energy overtime. As your massage therapist works you into various yoga-like positions, your Sen lines will open up, allowing energy to flow throughout your body. The increased range of motion also allows more oxygen to flow to your brain, reducing headaches and migraines, and over time, you should begin to feel a sense of clarity and lightness.
Ready to feel revitalized? Book an appointment with Zense Thai Massage and Spa in Dallas today!