If you ask someone what’s their biggest issue nowadays, they will most likely tell you that it’s stress. Whether it’s stress from work, family conflicts or some drama going on with your friends, stress is something that’s very harmful to both our body and soul.
In order to reduce stress and relax, people are constantly trying to find new ways to entertain themselves and just wind-off for a while. Watching films, TV shows, playing video games or playing sports with your friends are all amazing ways of relaxation and not thinking of your problems for some time.
You can do any of these activities, or you can get a massage. Why choose a massage? Well, that’s exactly what we’re here to talk about today.
Getting a massage is known to have numerous health benefits, and it also helps a lot when it comes to dealing with stress. Besides, it feels amazing when done by a professional.
Since there are numerous types of massages that you can get nowadays, it might be a bit difficult to make up your mind. Everyone will tell you that a different type of massage is better than all the others, so how exactly do we choose one?
Today we’re talking about Thai Massage, which is one of the most popular types across the entire world, so if you want to learn more about it, feel free to read until the end. Here’s what you need to know.
What is Thai Massage?
The Thai method of massage is something that exists for a very long time, and when we say a long time, we really mean it. It all started in India, about five thousand years ago. If you’re a person like me, this fact alone will be enough to make me want to try something that’s so ancient, even if it ends up not being as good as I expected it to be.
This technique is pretty different compared to the modern styles of massaging where a person just lies on the bed and the masseur does all the work. Although what we just described sounds pretty “okay” to most people, wait until you hear how the Thai method works.
Instead of having to lay down on a bed that’s specifically made for massage, you lie on the floor, and there are a few other things that you need to do in order to be an active part of the entire process as well. Depending on the masseur, you’ll have to perform certain movements as well in order to help them do their job more efficiently, while also feeling better yourself. And no, it’s not tiring or anything like that, you’ll actually enjoy it quite a lot.
What is this method good for?
Every type of massage has its own health benefits. However, the Thai one seems to have the most, according to arisathai.com. Of course, in order to get the most genuine experience, you’ll have to visit a place such as Palo Alto or Los Altos, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy this anywhere else.
So, the health benefits of Thai Massage are very well-known to a lot of people, including professional athletes. Instead of the traditional skin-rubbing method, this one uses very gentle and light pressure, as well as many sophisticated stretching techniques in order to relax your entire body and relieve it from stress and tension.
Aside from stress-relief, there are many other health benefits that you get to enjoy.
One of them is boosted mental focus and energy. Numerous people report that after a Thai Massage session, they feel a lot better and are able to focus a lot more on their tasks and problems, solving them much more efficiently than before. This doesn’t sound very convincing and real to you? Let us explain how it works.
Since most of us are living modern lives without doing the required daily physical activity, our bodies don’t really have a good way of boosting blood circulation.
When you’re all stiff from sitting on a chair every single day in front of your desk, your circulation and blood pressure are not on a healthy level. This type of massage can change that because it affects the entire body by applying gentle pressure.
It’s already well-known and confirmed by science that stretches improve circulation of blood and lymph, and by doing this, all of your tissues will fill with oxygen, meaning increased energy and heart health.
Improves your athletic performance
There’s a reason why so many athletes are looking forward to regular Thai-Massage sessions. Unlike other methods, this one is able to relax your body but also provide some amazing athletic benefits. The stretches help you increase your range of motion, and we all know how important that is even for the regular person that goes to the gym.
Let’s say that you’re playing tennis for example. You’ll be able to swing your hand a lot easier and with a much bigger range of motion, meaning more power and hopefully, another won the match because of it.
So, are there any downsides?
Everything that’s good comes with a few downsides as well, right? Well, that’s not quite the case with this one. The only down-side that we can think of is the feeling that not many people find pleasant, but that’s the same with every other type of massage. Although the pressure applied during the entire process is very gentle, and the stretches are also light and done carefully, some people just don’t find this appealing, but that’s completely individual. Others confirmed that it feels absolutely amazing, so we can’t really put this as a downside.
Finally, how often should I attend?
Once or twice per week is more than enough to feel all of the amazing benefits of this massage. You don’t have to do it every single day or so, because there’s no point in doing that, and it will probably cost you a lot of money to do so.
Make sure that you find a place in which you enjoy the environment and the overall atmosphere, and start with your sessions. You’ll thank us later.