ABOUT THAI MASSAGE
Traditional Thai Massage, also known as Ancient Massage or Thai Yoga Massage, dates
back more than three hundred years in its present form, with its origins going back more
than 5,000 years to ancient India and China. While Thai Massage combines elements of
Ayeurvedic medicine, Hatha yoga and Chinese acupressure, it has evolved into a system
that is entirely unique and is widely regarded as one of the best systems of therapeutic massage.
Benefits of Thai Massage
Many health benefits have been associated with Thai Massage, including:
- Relief from stress and muscle tension
- Relief from aches and pains
- Improved circulation
- Unblocking and balancing of energy flow
- Improved alignment
- Increased flexibility and range of motion
- Increased energy
- Improved mood
- Lymphatic drainage
- Release of endorphins
- Better sleep
- Lower blood pressure
Like any form of massage, benefits increase with repeated treatments.
Thai Massage combines gentle, yoga-like stretching with massage of the muscles, tendons, pressure points and energy lines, or
While there are hundreds of energy lines in the body, Thai massage focuses on the ten main energy lines, or
Thai Massage is done on a mat as opposed to a table. This allows the practitioner to get
the body leverage necessary for the stretches and postures characteristically used in Thai
Massage. Depending on the needs of the client, Thai Massage technique may also employ the
elbows, knees and feet in addition to the hands.
The pressure can be varied according to your preference. Less pressure should be used the first time,
while more pressure can be applied as your body can tolerate deeper work. Always feel free to request
the level of pressure that feels right for you. Be sure to tell your masseuse about any pain or
specific problem areas that you would like help with.
Traditionally, oil is not used in Thai Massage, but you may request some oil if you would prefer.
This may be especially helpful with tension in the neck, shoulders and back.
Thai Massage is an integrated, sequenced procedure that normally takes 90 minutes, and, in Thailand,
massages of two-hours or more are not uncommon. We make every effort to keep our fees reasonable
so you can take advantage of extended times. However, you may schedule a massage for 1 hour,
1 1/2 hours, or 2 hours.
Thai Sabai also offers Thai Foot Massage or reflexology.
Reflexology originates from an ancient Chinese system and is based on the notion that there are nerve
endings in the soles of the feet that correspond to all of the organs of the body such as the liver,
kidney or spleen. The gentle and repeated massage of these pressure points stimulates and detoxifies
the internal organs and improves circulation to the problem area.
Foot massage begins with a footbath and is done with the fingers, hands and a small wooden dowel
dipped in lotion. It involves both the sides and soles of the feet as well as the energy lines
(Sen) of the lower leg.
You may schedule a foot massage separately or you may combine some foot massage with a regular,
full-body massage. Please schedule at least 90 minutes for a combined treatment.
What to Wear
The client does not need to disrobe completely for a Thai Massage as the therapist can work
right through light clothing such as yoga-wear or workout clothing. A comfortable pair
of shorts and a light top is ideal. Thai-Sabai provides appropriate attire for both men
and women and a changing area for your convenience.
After Your Massage
After a Thai massage, you should drink plenty of water to help with detoxification.
You may feel some soreness or discomfort for the first 24 hours, especially in
areas where you have had problems. After that, you should feel relaxed and refreshed!
Tipping is customary for massage and other spa services. The industry standard is 15-20%
Gratuity in cash is greatly appreciated. Thank you!
Helpful Dos And Don'ts
Click here for some helpful Dos and Don'ts when getting a massage.