Thai massage may at first seem a little intense, especially if you’re used to Swedish massage and don’t normally do much stretching, but as it proceeds it becomes relaxing and invigorating.
Thai massage reminds you that massage isn’t just pressure applied to you by someone else, but it is rather a balancing of the body by limbering joints and loosening muscles through movement and strategic pressure. Unlike Swedish massage, there’s a lot of interaction in Thai massage between you and your therapist.
To move you around the mat efficiently, the Thai massage therapist uses her body to leverage you into the elongating stretches that produce the desired effect.
She’ll also use your body as a tool for deepening stretches by sitting on your feet and legs or pushing or pulling you into twists.