How does it feel?
Different from other forms of bodywork - smoothness, rhythm and flow are three words that come to mind.
Nothing is hurried; there are no sudden changes of rhythm or speed. Every technique melts into the next with total economy of motion; it looks like a beautifully choreographed performance.
First time recipients of the massage react differently; some find the pressing techniques - particularly those done with the thumb - a little uncomfortable; others are shocked at the degree of stretching their stiff body can achieve.
Almost all feel relaxed, refreshed and much more flexible afterwards, and those who have regular Thai massage come to enjoy the deep pressure techniques and spectacular manipulations.
And the effects …
There are many, all of them positive, provided of course, that the massage is applied expertly.
Benefits of regular Thai massage include relief from constipation, IBS, headaches, sciatica, back and neck pain.
For the Thais this is not surprising. They regard balance and unimpeded flow of Sen as vital for good health. A good Thai massage achieves this and can correct emotional problems as well as physical ones.