Tap into ancient healing practices with a Thai massage. Buddhists monks developed these techniques over 2,500 years ago, and they were designed to heal people physically, emotionally, and spiritually. The experience is resolutely different from a Swedish massage, a deep tissue massage, or a sports massage, but many people prefer this practice. View our pricing.
The Thai Massage Process
For a Thai massage, you usually start on a mat on the floor, but there are also Thai table massages. Your massage therapist joins you in this space. You may lie on your back, side, or stomach, and at times, you may even be seated. Then, instead of traditional massage techniques which rely on controlled compression and rhythmic pressing into your muscles, your therapist gives relief to your muscles by manipulating your body into different positions.
Thai Massage and Assisted Stretching
Some people refer to Thai massage as assisted stretching or passive stretching, while others fondly call it “the lazy man’s yoga”. That’s because the massage therapist uses the weight of their body to compress, stretch, pull, and rock your body into relief. Many people prefer this approach to massage because besides feeling amazing for the recipient, it’s also designed to feel comfortable for the massage therapist. People who have trained in this type of massage work, know how to manipulate their client’s body in a way that is ergonomically advantageous for their own body.
For a Thai massage, you should wear comfortable, loose clothing that facilitates movements. Wear something similar to what you would wear to yoga or if you were going to workout. Because there’s a lot of physical contact with a Thai massage, you need to ensure that you’re comfortable with body work. In other words, keep in mind that the massage therapist will be moving your body.
Benefits of Thai Massage
Thai massage offers similar benefits to many other types of massage. In particular, it reduces tension, helping to stop spasms and relax tight muscles. It also mobilizes your joints. While traditional massage does this by working on the areas between your muscles and tendons, Thai massage achieves this by stretching out problem areas.
The process also improves circulation, giving you an energy boost and speeding up the healing process. Many people also turn to Thai massage for specific ailments such as sciatica pain, headaches, and neck pain. All of these issues are made worse by tight muscles, and by elongating your muscles, Thai massage can give you a lot of relief.
Training for Thai Massage
To give a truly nourishing and energizing massage, practitioners learn about this particular type of massage. They don’t just guess based on what they know about Swedish massage or yoga. Instead, they get very specialized training, and some massage therapists even travel to Thailand for their training. Although this type of massage is only recently gaining popularity in the United States, it is the go-to option in Thailand and available virtually everywhere.
Turn your time in Las Vegas into a virtual journey to Thailand by booking a Thai massage. To set up an appointment, contact us. At A Touch of Las Vegas Spa, we offer a wide range of massages and spa treatments, and we also have private hot tubs, saunas, and relaxation rooms that you can rent by yourself or with a partner.