Most of us know that massage feels good; but therapeutic massage, such as traditional Thai  massage, also provides relief to several health concerns.

Traditional Thai massage helps a person’s muscles, joints, ligaments and fascia by relaxing muscle tension, relieving the spasm, and improving the range of motion.

The combination of pressure on specific points and yoga like stretches in traditional Thai massage relieves areas of muscular stress and tension. In fact, recipients often report that their muscles stay loose days after a session.

Additionally, traditional Thai massage helps a person’s cardio vascular system by dilating the blood vessels, so the circulation is increased. Traditional Thai massage stretches work in a similar way to regular yoga poses.

As participants hold a pose, blood slows to targeted areas. When the practitioner releases the pose on a client, fresh circulation rushes back into the area. According to “Yoga Journal,” inverted poses can help with lymphatic drainage, the return of blood to the heart and digestion.

If you are looking for a more holistic approach to bodywork, traditional Thai massage is a good choice.

Tara McHugh, LMT