There are hundreds of Thai massage techniques in the vast traditional repertoire, including:
- Pressure along the sen sip or energy lines of the body
- Gentle soothing movement
- Yogic stretching
- Rhythmic rocking
- Range of motion work
- Joint compression and decompression
Practitioners are taught that the flow in transition between positions and the state of mind of the therapist are as important as the techniques themselves.
A Thai massage treatment is a positive, energizing, uplifting experience for the client as well as the practitioner. A session is a flowing dialog between client and practitioner, akin to a dance or martial arts form. The client is passive and completely supported in all positions by the therapist.
Some people call Traditional Thai Massage "Lazy man's yoga", because the therapist is skilled at supporting the client in stretches that are yoga poses.In many cases, the client can experience the benefit of poses that would be difficult to achieve unassisted, because it can take years to develop the requisite strength, balance and flexibility to achieve the poses in a solo yoga practice.
Also, the therapist works energy lines while the client is in the pose, which has a synergistic effect in opening and energizing the body. Clients who have active yoga practices often find that regular Thai yoga therapy sessions enhance their practice, allowing them to stretch and open more quickly and avoid injury.
- Stress and pain relief
- Better resistance to injury
- Improved range of motion
- Release of lactic acid and other toxins from areas of accumulation
- Toning of internal organs
- Deep relaxation