Dive into the things you should know about deep tissue massage

Dive into the things you should know about deep tissue massage

Relieve the pain caused by stress, injuries, tense muscles and fatigue by getting a deep tissue massage here at SB Thai Spa. Curing various pains, this type of massage therapy has been used by many ancient cultures such as Hindu, Persian and Egyptian. 

Deep tissue massage is perfect for those who do highly physical activities such as exercises. It is also great for people who have chronic pains and injuries. Learn more about the benefits of deep tissue massage by reading this article!

What to expect when you get a deep tissue massage

Many people say that deep tissue massage is just a Swedish massage with harder pressure and deeper strokes, but it is more than that! When you get this type of massage, your therapist will use unique massage methods such as firm and slow strokes to deeply massage the inner layers of your muscle tissues.

Through a deep tissue massage, your scar tissues and muscle adhesions will break up which will relieve the knots that you feel when you have muscle pains. At the start of the massage session, your therapist will use light pressure and then work into deeper strokes later on which will help reduce the swelling that causes the knots and pain in your muscles.

The benefits you can get by getting a deep tissue massage

If you are having some physical indicators of stress such as headaches, shoulder pain and muscle tensions, a deep tissue massage is a great help to relieve those symptoms. This massage increases your oxytocin levels which helps soothe your body. It also aids in the production of serotonin which is a mood booster.

Chronic muscle pains on your neck and back can also be treated with a deep tissue massage as it can loosen the knots of your muscle tissues that cause the pain. Also, people who have just gotten out of surgery can get this type of massage to minimize scar tissues.

In addition, deep tissue massage helps with the labour and delivery of pregnant women. Before labour, this massage is a great way for pregnant mothers to loosen tight muscles as well as reduce stress and anxiety. In fact, research shows that women who received massages before and during their labour had easier and shorter labour and delivery than those who did not.

Book your spa treatment and give your body a vacation now

Restore your body’s natural balance with the various benefits of the massage therapies offered here at SB Thai Spa! Learn more about those spa services by clicking on the page dedicated to our services. To book a massage, simply go to our contact page and fill out all the needed fields such as your name, contact info and message.

The power of SB Thai Spa’s Swedish body massage

The power of SB Thai Spa’s Swedish body massage

Are you new to body massages? If it is your first time getting one, it is best to start with a Swedish massage. It is a mix of various massage techniques that target your soft tissues and muscles, ending in a more relaxed and balanced body and mind. 

Learn the power of SB Thai Spa’s Swedish body massage by reading about its short history, various health benefits and massage procedures below:

How Swedish massage came into existence

Developed in the early 19th century by a Swedish physiologist named Per Henrik Ling, Swedish massage became the foundation of many other types of western massage such as sports massage, deep tissue massage and aromatherapy massage. 

Per Henrik Ling invented a system called ‘Medical Gymnastics’ where a therapist performs specific movements during a massage which has become known as ‘Swedish movements’. It gained popularity in Europe and came to the United States in 1858 where it became simply known as Swedish Massage.

Health benefits you can gain from a Swedish massage

The major benefit you can get from getting a Swedish massage is the relaxation of your muscles due to the enhanced function of your lymph system which works to transport nutrients around your body. So, if you have any muscle aches, you will certainly benefit from SB Thai Spa’s Swedish body massage as it will help you heal faster.

Aside from improving the transport of nutrients through massaging your muscles, a Swedish massage also helps to flush out wastes from your body and increase the elasticity of your body tissues. Due to these benefits, you will be able to use your joints more efficiently without feeling too much pain like before.

In addition, a Swedish massage works well with people who are stressed and worried constantly. The pressure from this massage helps relax your muscles and remove their tension. The lesser the tension of your muscles are, the easier it will be for your mind and body to relax. Thus, a Swedish body massage is great for anyone who is suffering from a stressful period in their life.

What to expect in SB Thai Spa’s Swedish massage

SB Thai Spa’s Swedish massage lasts around one to two hours depending on your preference. Before you lay down on the table, you will pick among the various essential oils and lotions that the spa offers. Your therapist will then assess the current state of your body by asking you about any injuries, allergies or other conditions she should know about.

Strokes and techniques used in SB Thai Spa’s Swedish massage are specific to the particular part of your body since your therapist should take into account your certain conditions and preferences. After an hour or two of SB Thai Spa’s Swedish massage, you will be able to feel more relaxed and energized!

Traditional Thai massage: Learn all about its history and benefits

Traditional Thai massage: Learn all about its history and benefits

The traditional Thai massage is a combination of yoga postures and Indian massage practices. It was added to UNESCO’s Cultural Heritage of Humanity list last 2019. This massage is more than 2,500 years old already and it is still popular today due to its physical and mental healing properties.

Compared to Western massages, Thai massage differs when it comes to massage methods. For instance, a Thai massage does not use oils or lotions. Also, if you are going to get this type of massage, you will still be clothed during the treatment. Though there is still body contact between you and the therapist, instead of rubbing on your muscles like in a Western massage, your body will be pulled, stretched and compressed in Thai massage.

At a Thai massage, therapists often focus on meditation since it is an integral part of the therapy for it to be effective. Here, you will wear loose clothes and lie on a firm mattress where you will receive your massage. At most places, you may get this massage together with a dozen people at the same time in one room. However, the ancient styles require only two people in one room: the masseuse and you.

When getting a Thai massage, you will be required to pose in several positions similar to yoga before your therapist stretches your body and applies deep and rhythmic pressures to it. It often follows certain lines in your body called ‘sen’. 

To fit your needs, the therapist can adjust the standard procedure and massage rhythm. Often, a Thai massage can last up to two hours and may include massage methods such as:

  • Pulling of ears, fingers and toes
  • Cracking of knuckles
  • Walking on your back
  • Pressing your palm, thumb, finger and forearm

History of Thai massage

Shivago Kompara also known as the ‘Father Doctor’ is said to be the founder of Thai massage over 2,500 years ago. As per various ancient files, Sivago has amazing medical skills and massive knowledge in herbal medicine. In fact, he was reported to have treated many great people in his time such as Buddha. 

However, the history of Thai massage is more complex than the one stated above. In fact, it is said to have derived from the influences of Indian, Chinese and Southeast Asian cultures and traditions of medicine. 

In addition, there is no single routine that is accepted by everyone as the Thai massage procedures vary from region to region. For instance, pressure points are emphasized in the Southern part of Thailand. On the other hand, the Northern part of Thailand is more focused on stretching. 

How to become a Thai massage therapist

If you want to become a Thai massage therapist, you have to render at least 800 hours of training to acquire a professional license. Also, you must register at the Department of Health Service Support (HSS) of the Public Health Ministry. To qualify for a license, you can attend the free training offered by HSS or you can go to one of the 181 schools across Thailand that offer standard HSS courses.

You can go to Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School located on the temple grounds of Wat Pho. It is deemed to be the centre of Thai medicine and massage since 1955 and the first massage training school approved by the Thai Ministry of Education. Basic courses about Thai medicine such as Thai massage, midwife-nurse, Thai pharmacy and Thai medical practice are offered in Wat Pho.

The principles of Thai massage

Thai massage is different from other forms of massages as it is done using various body parts such as the palm, fingers, elbow and even feet. Often, when you become ill, the meridian or energy lines within your body are not flowing as freely as they should be. Getting a Thai massage will correct its flow and remove any blockages to bring your body back into its natural balance. To do this, the use of body parts aside from the hands is necessary.

When you get a Thai massage, the massage therapist has high intuition when it comes to sensing where to apply pressure to your body and how long it should take before moving on to the next one. She will often aim to stretch out tensed and tight muscles, which aids in a smoother flow of energy around your body.

Combining leverage and balance of their body weight, the massage therapist ensures that only the correct pressure is applied to your body. With the use of their body weight, they can release the stress and tension within your muscles.

Starting with meridian work, your therapist will do palm and thumb presses which warms your muscles and improves your blood flow. Then, muscle tensions are released by working around your joints and stretching your limbs. Through massaging your meridian or energy lines, you can get the physical and mental benefits of a Thai massage.

Things you should be aware of when taking a Thai massage

As per the Public Health Ministry of Thailand, a Thai massage can be risky for pregnant women especially during their first trimester. A doctor from the Department of Thai Traditional and Alternative Medicine even said that getting a Thai massage during pregnancy may lead to miscarriage.

Moreover, those who are more than six months pregnant should still be wary when getting a Thai massage as there has been a case of a pregnant woman who suffered a miscarriage and fell into a coma while getting one.

In addition, there are times when a Thai massage is not a fully relaxing experience as the stretching involved can make some sore muscles more painful. However, with a good therapist, you can rest assured that you can get the most benefits from Thai massage.

Benefits of getting a Thai massage for both the client and the therapist

It has been said that a Thai massage is equally useful both for the client and the therapist. It can be a moving meditation for the massage therapist and a relaxing massage for the client. 

One of the reasons why it has gained fame around the world is due to the wide range of benefits that people can get from it. Also, many people are reporting effective, quick and lasting results from getting one. Read on below to check out the benefits of getting and giving a Thai massage:

Benefits of getting a Thai massage

Leaves you feeling energized

A lot of people say that they feel like they just woke up from a deep slumber at the end of the Thai massage. This is because the massage restores flow in the sen or energy lines which gives a more energizing effect on your nervous system. Also, passive stretching will leave you feeling calm yet energized.

Improves your posture

You can observe that your posture improves as you regularly take a Thai massage. This is because you no longer have to restrict your posture due to the muscle pain and other fascial restrictions that you feel.

Removes fatigue

After a hectic day full of work, getting a Thai massage can greatly reduce your fatigue due to the slow and meditative massage method used by your therapist.

Relieves muscle pain

Tense and tight muscles can put pressure on your joints, causing muscle soreness that leads to back pain or shoulder pain. By getting a Thai massage, the pressure points targeted by your therapist allows your joints to relax and fall back into their correct position, thus relieving your muscle pain.

Benefits of giving a Thai massage

Reduces risk of injuries

The massage methods of a Thai massage does not strain the therapist unlike other forms of massage. This is because they just rely on their gravity and leverage instead of muscle strength. Thus, this is less tiring and has a lower risk of injuries and pain.

Greater career opportunities

The demand for qualified massage therapists that specialize in Thai massage is increasing more and more as it gains fame around the world. Since many spas and massage clinics are looking for extra staff, learning this skill can help you market yourself and get more career openings.

Book your spa treatment and give your body a vacation now

Restore your body’s natural balance with the various benefits of the massage therapies offered here at SB Thai Spa! Learn more about those spa services by clicking on the page dedicated to our services. 

To book a massage, simply go to our contact page and fill out all the needed fields such as your name, contact info and message. SB Thai Spa is the best place to go if you want to feel the true essence of the spa culture in Thailand!