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What Is Thai Massage?

Updated: Dec 13, 2023

Thai massage was developed by Buddhist monks some 2000 years ago.  Unlike more Western massage styles, Thai massage has a rich history that has been passed down for generations.  

What to Expect

A Thai massage is quite different to other types of massage you may have experienced. With a Thai massage there is no table, you will be instead massaged on a special Thai mat on the floor–this helps facilitate the active stretching and allows the therapist to move all around and over you with ease.  You will not need to remove your clothing as no oil is used, you can remain fully dressed for your treatment or change into the provided loose clothing.

Lady receiving a Thai massage
Thai massage stretch

Your Therapist

Nid at Siam Thai Therapy has trained at Wat Pho which has been the center of Thai medicine and massage for centuries in Bangkok. The Wat Pho Thai Traditional Medical and Massage School opened in 1955 and was the first massage school to be approved by the Thai Ministry of Education.

"During a Thai massage, you will be pulled, stretched, and rocked skillfully by your massage therapist,” explains Nid. “I will use different parts of the body in order to do this, including my thumbs, elbows, and knees—it’s a completely different approach from what most Westerners are used to.” “The passive stretching in Thai massage is truly wonderful for loosening up the limbs and creating a feeling of freedom in the body”

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