Massage therapy is a relaxing and rejuvenating service that is geared towards holistic healing methods. Perhaps you have never had a massage before and you are trying to decide which massage is best for you. Or maybe you are interested in finding out more about the different types of massage therapy available in Westminster. Either way, you should consider the benefits of both Thai and traditional massage therapies before deciding which massage is best suited for your lifestyle.
Thai massages are often referred to as ‘lazy man’s yoga’. This type of massage was considered a form of medical healing in Thailand for many years and involves more than just lying on a table. One of the biggest differences between a Thai massage and a traditional one is the equipment, or lack thereof. A Thai massage takes place on the floor or mat and requires more movement than a traditional massage.
Thai massage aims to relieve joint and muscle pain through a series of stretches using your entire body. Since you and your Thai massage therapist will be interacting more than a regular massage, you will wear loose fitting clothing. Your massage therapist will also use more than his/her hands to massage you. This might include him or her standing on your back, kneeling on your feet, using elbows and shoulders to reach deep-pressure points along with twisting and pulling you to elongate your muscles. While this might sound like an intense experience, Thai massage provides many benefits to your mind and body:
- Relieves tension and headaches
- Reduces almost every type of back pain
- Alleviates muscle pain
- Eases joint stiffness and pain
- Increases flexibility and range of motion
- Helps stimulate the body’s circulation and lymphatic drainage system
- Boosts energy
- Helps calm the nervous system
A Thai massage uses deep pressure, acupressure, and compression therapeutic methods to restore and activate your body’s energy pathways.
Unlike Thai massages, traditional massages are given on a massage table and do not require any movement on your part. Traditional massage therapies incorporate the use of oils to soothe and relax the muscles. This type of massage therapy begins with you either lying on your back or stomach while covered by a light sheet.
A traditional massage is more customizable to your pain points or problem areas. Your massage therapist will ask you ahead of time if there are any specific areas he or she should focus on or avoid during the massage. This allows you to control what area you therapist concentrates on, whether it’s your neck, back or legs. Your masseuse will also only use their hands and forearms during a traditional massage, as opposed to the Thai method. Additionally, traditional massages also provide benefits to your mind and body:
- Stimulates blood flow and circulation
- Improves the immune system
- Helps healing after an injury or illness
- Improves breathing
- Helps refresh the skin
- Relaxes the nervous system
Both traditional and Thai massages are excellent methods for realigning your mind and body while providing a natural healing treatment. For top-notch massage therapy in Westminster, schedule an appointment with Best Choice Massage.