What is a Thai Massage

We at Sai Thai Massage practice Specific Thai Yoga Massage Which has been apart of Thailand's medical system due to its healing properties at both emotional and physical level it will hurt but is extremely worth it. The differences in practices associated with the massage when performed in the Western and Thai contexts. Western cultural sensibilities might be different in terms of accepting shamanic healing practices such as increasing the intensity of the massage or the giver jumping around the massage table like the Hindu god Hanuman. Traditional Thai massage uses no oils or lotions.

The Client should wear loose, comfortable clothing and lies on a mat or firm mattress on the floor. In Thailand, a dozen or so subjects may be receiving massage simultaneously in one large room. The true ancient style of the massage requires that the massage be performed solo with just the giver and receiver. The receiver will be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, that is also combined with deep static and rhythmic pressures.

The massage generally follows designated lines in the body. The legs and feet of the giver can be used to position the body or limbs of the recipient. In other positions, hands fix the body, while the feet do the massaging. A full Thai massage session may last two hours and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body. This may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking knuckles, walking on the recipient's back, by palm-press, thumb-press, fingers-press and forearm-press in many different positions including HDS. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the giver will adjust to fit the receiver

Quick Facts about the Differences between Thai and Swedish massage


Swedish massage uses essential oils or lotions; therefore, clients are undressed and covered by a towel, lying face down on the massage table. There's no need to undress for Thai massage since the oils used are not essential oils and are often not applied.


Thai massage applies pressure onto acupuncture points to stretch and loosen muscles. Swedish massage, also called 'soft massage', mainly uses techniques that include stroking and rubbing.


A 'lazy yoga massage' gets its name from the fact that during a Thai massage, clients are rocked or stretched by the masseuse in various positions. During a Swedish massage, a client usually lies on the massage table on his/her stomach.


Thai massage is more dynamic and focuses on enhancing the energy flow. It has a bit more of a healing affect than Swedish massage, which is more focused on relaxation, mainly using long strokes and rubbing techniques to relieve stress and pain.

Thai Massage versus Swedish massage: Benefits

Both Thai and Swedish massage are beneficial to a client's overall health and well-being as they relax muscles and relieve back pain, let the body recharge, and allow the client to feel energetic. The different benefits between Thai and Swedish massage are listed below:

Which Is Better for You - Thai Massage or Swedish massage?

Swedish massage is better for people who:

Thai massage is better for people who:

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