Thai Massage for Flexibility
Thai massage involves stretching and deep tissue massage techniques. Because of strong influences from yoga, Thai massage is also referred to as 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 moving from one stretching or yoga position to another. Thai massage is much more energetic and vigorous than most other massage techniques and has many unique benefits. One of the most significant benefits of Thai massage is its ability to improve a patient’s flexibility.
Flexibility can be defined as the range of movement that is attainable in a momentous effort in a joint or a group of joints. It can also be defined as the range of limb movement around 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.
Studies, such as the scientific study conducted at the Chiang Mai University in Thailand and published in 2008(1), have proven a significant increase in the flexibility of the study group versus the control group. The results of this particular study also showed that Thai massage can reduce muscle stiffness and relieve tension more effectively than bed rest, as proven by statistically significant differences. The effectiveness of Thai massage in regards to improving flexibility is due to the fact that the massage relieves muscle tension as well as reduces muscle fatigue. The stretching movements also help increase joint mobility by stimulating the body's natural production of joint lubricants and by keeping the cartilage free of contaminating toxins.
Flexibility is not just important for dancers and gymnasts. Nearly everyone can benefit from improved flexibility. Flexibility can help reduce the long-term risk of accidental injury and help one become less fatigued from physical activity, as movements will require less energy. Increased flexibility can also reduce the risk of back pain and chronic orthopedic problems. People with bad posture and muscular imbalance may find relief with Thai massage as well. It can help elderly people maintain the flexibility that would normally decline with age, and people that have had reduced physical activity for a long period of time due to an injury can also benefit from Thai massage therapy.
1: Development and Effectiveness Test of Applied Thai Lanna Massage‚ Chiang Mai University Journal of Social Science and Humanities.
http://cmuj.chiangmai.ac.th/cmujvol2_2/09 Journal Social.pdf