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What is Thai Yoga Massage?

You might have heard about Thai massage a lot of times. But what about Thai yoga massage? What is this about and is it possible to combine yoga and massage? Previously, also on the massage topic, we have discussed Swedish vs Thai massage topic. Learn more about Thai yoga massage in this article.

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What is Thai yoga massage?

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Thai yoga massage, as the name suggests, incorporates deep stretching and movements that resemble those in yoga practice. The names “Thai yoga massage” and “Thai massage” are often used interchangeably. When Thai massage schools or practitioners want to emphasize the relationship between the massage technique and yoga practice, they often use the name “Thai yoga massage” instead of simply “Thai massage”. However, to the mass customers like us, normally we only hear the name “Thai massage”. 

The origin of “Yoga” massage name

The close association between Thai massage and Yoga is because the massage is a complementary practice to Indian yoga asana. Indian yoga asana has similar principles of alignment and focus on the energetic as well as the physical body. This is also why the massage itself is often called “Thai yoga massage”.  Moreover, during the massage, the therapist will put you in positions that may push your flexibility limits. This is why it is sometimes called yoga for lazy people.

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Things you should know about before doing the massage

There are a few common elements in all Thai massage: 

  • Stretches
  • Traction
  • Joint movement
  • Acupressure

During the session, the therapist will utilize their hands, fingers, elbows, feet and also full body weight to put pressure on your body and move your body around. The therapist will also use their “relaxed” full body weight on you, and such movement can prompt you to do deep, slow breathing.

How long the session lasts? Typically between one to three hours, but there are some sessions that last as long as 6 hours. 

As this massage involves a lot of deep stretching and movements, you should inform your therapist of any pre-existing conditions or injuries that you have. This is to avoid further damage on your body.  

At the end of the session, normally guests leave tip for the therapist. You can give whichever amount that you like. 

Where to do this massage in Thailand?

There are many options to do Thai massage in Thailand. If you are visiting Thailand, we suggest you go to Google Map and check the review and photos of the place to avoid dodgy places.

Some recommendations:
Arima Onsen in the middle of Bangkok
Divana Spa in the middle of Bangkok
– A luxurious massage/spa experience in Mandarin Oriental Bangkok
– A relaxing getaway with Thai massage at Anantara Chiang Rai

Should you try Thai yoga massage?

Thai yoga massage is a popular massage technique in Thailand loved by many. If you are into deep stretching, are not pregnant, and do not have a pre-existing injury, you should try this massage for sure! Try with the 1-hour session first just for the experience in case you are not sure. In Thailand spa or massage centers, usually there are multiple types of therapy/massage available. If this massage is too intense for you, you can opt for other massages that are more relaxing. For example, rather than opting for a full-body Thai yoga massage, you might want to just do a Thai foot massage. We have written about Thai foot massage and its benefits, so check out that post too!