Thai massage is a type of massage that involves stretching and deep tissue massage. It is believed to have been created by Buddha's physician and has been practiced for more than 2000 years. It is a healing technique that combines influences from China, India and other cultures from Southeast Asia. Because of strong influences from yoga techniques, Thai massage is also called Thai yoga, yoga massage, or assisted yoga. During Thai massage sessions, patients wear comfortable clothes, as no oils are required. Throughout the session, a patient is passively moved from one stretching or yoga position to another while the patient can stay focused on relaxing and on his breathing. It is a massage technique that is much more energetic and vigorous than others. A Thai massage practitioner will always pay attention to the level of flexibility of each individual and adapt the stretching and pressure applied, so as not to cause any muscular pain or injury.
How Thai massage can improve flexibility
Flexibility can be defined as the range of limb movement around the joints. Thai massage is renowned as the best massage technique to progressively improve overall flexibility and more specifically the flexibility of legs, back, and hip muscles. The scientific study conducted at the Chiang Mai University in Thailand and published in 2008, proved a significant increase in the flexibility of the study group versus the control group. The results of the study also showed that Thai Massage can lessen muscle stiffness, and relieve tension more effectively than bed rest with significant differences. The effectiveness of Thai massage is that it relieves muscle tension as well as reduces muscle fatigue. The stretching movements also helps increasing joint mobility by stimulating the body's natural production of joint lubricants but also by keeping the cartilage free of contaminating toxins.
The benefits of improved flexibility
Nearly everyone can benefit from improved flexibility as a way to reduce the long term risk of accidental injury by allowing you a wider range of movements. It will also prevent you from becoming easily tired from physical activity as your movements will require less energy. Increased flexibility can also reduce the risk of back pain and chronic orthopedic problems, as well as correcting bad posture and muscular imbalance.