Royal Thai massage originated in India about 2,500 years ago during the time of Buddha. The traditional Royal Thai massage was done with the client fully-clothed. Etiquette would be strictly maintained and the massage therapist could only use her thumbs to massage. On the other hand, the rural version allowed the masseuses to use thumbs, palms, arms, knees, elbows, and feet to provide different intensity levels while massaging.
What to expect in a Royal Thai Massage?
The main principle of Royal Thai massage is to bring about a sense of relaxation and calm by incorporating light pressure and stretching techniques. The pressure is applied at different energy points to balance energy and reduce tension, which stimulates and strengthens body, mind, and spirit.
Your massage begins when you lie down comfortably on the massage table. Each therapist might have their own style, so each can have their own sequence. Generally, the therapist will start at your feet and move towards your head. The therapists use their body weight in order to reach the deep areas.
This massage technique does not make use of oils or lotions. Compared to general massage techniques that involve rubbing on muscles, in a Royal Thai massage, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched, and rocked. You might end up doing stretches that are similar to Yoga. It corrects energy balance throughout the body. It is said to have healing properties at emotional as well as physical levels.
Some of the health benefits of Royal Thai massage are:
- It relaxes muscles and relieves pain
- It boosts immunity
- It improves blood circulation and lowers blood pressure
- It improves joint motions and flexibility
- It helps in improving body posture
- It helps with concentration and creativity
- It increases energy levels and stamina
- It helps to clear and calm your mind
After a Royal Thai massage, a person may feel very relaxed. But it also important to remember that your muscles have been stretched, prodded, and worked. That’s why you should rest and drink enough water.