Things to Know about Thai Massage for First-Timers


Q: What sets Thai massage apart from Western massage?

A: Thai and Western massages differ in their approaches and techniques. Thai Massage incorporates a unique blend of acupressure, compression, stretching, and passive yoga-like movements. During a Thai massage session, the practitioner utilizes their hands, thumbs, elbows, knees, and feet to pressure deep tissues and facilitate stretching.

On the other hand, Western massage uses techniques like effleurage, petrissage, and friction to manipulate the muscles and soft tissues.

Thai massage focuses on improving energy flow, flexibility, and overall balance within the body. Its primary goal is to stimulate the body’s energy lines and clear blockages, promoting physical and mental well-being. This traditional form of massage can effectively relieve muscle tension, enhance joint mobility, reduce stress, and induce relaxation. Conversely, Western massage aims to promote peace, alleviate muscle tension, and address specific issues such as stiffness or sports injuries.

Q: What are the potential benefits of Thai massage?

A: Thai massage offers numerous benefits for both body and mind. Here are some key advantages:

  • Stress reduction: Thai massage helps reduce stress and promotes deep relaxation. The techniques employed during the massage release tension, calm the nervous system and induce a state of profound peace.
  • Relief from muscular tension and pain: Thai massage effectively alleviates muscular stress, stiffness, and pain. Targeting specific areas of discomfort promotes the release of pressure within the muscles.
  • Improved circulation: Through its various techniques, Thai massage stimulates blood circulation. This increased blood flow enhances the delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles and organs.
  • Mental clarity and relaxation: The combination of physical techniques and the soothing environment of a Thai massage session contribute to mental clarity, reduced anxiety, and an overall sense of well-being.
  • Enhanced immune system: The relaxation and stress reduction achieved through Thai massage positively impact the immune response, supporting overall health and well-being

Q: Is Thai massage painful?

A: During a Thai massage, you may experience stretching, compression, and pressure sensations on your muscles and joints. Feeling soreness after a massage is typical but generally subsides within a few days. We recommend taking a warm bath or shower, staying hydrated by drinking plenty of water, and ensuring you get enough sleep to speed up your recovery.

Q: What is the proper etiquette for a Thai massage session?

A: To ensure a pleasant experience during your Thai massage session, it is helpful to be aware

of the following guidelines:

– In general, it is recommended to wear loose, comfortable clothing that allows for ease of movement.  At Gedhawa, our clients are allowed to undress but it is necessary to keep underpants on.

– Before the massage begins, inform your therapist of any injuries or medical conditions you may have.

– Clients with high blood pressure can receive a massage if their symptoms are controlled and stable.

– It is advisable to avoid consuming alcohol before your massage, and it is best not to eat for at least 60 minutes before your appointment.

– Arriving 5-10 minutes before your scheduled reservation time is recommended. Being late may result in a shorter massage to accommodate other scheduled appointments.

Q: Can I Take a Shower After a Thai Massage?

A: This is a question commonly asked. It is safe to take a bath after a Thal massage. However, waiting at least an hour after your massage before bathing is advisable.