What is Thai Massage?

Thai massage is an ancient healing system combining acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic principles, and assisted yoga postures.

What Happens During a Thai Massage?

Thai Massage is new to modern spas, but it is actually an ancient form of massage thought to have been developed by Buddhist monks in Thailand 2,500 years ago. It uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension and balance the body’s energy systems.
Today professional Thai massage practitioners are regulated by the Ministry of Education in Thailand, though there is a limited oversight in other countries. In Canada, this governance is provided by the Natural Health Practioners of Canada (NHPC); the largest holistic health association in Canada.
Thai massage typically works with compression — rhythmic pressing movements directed into muscle tissues by either the hand or fingers. Thai massage usually takes place on a futon mat on the floor, with the client wearing loose or stretchy clothing like yoga gear. The therapist is also on the mat and moves your body into various stretches and positions, without any work on your part. This is why it is sometimes called "lazy man's yoga". Thai massage can be both relaxing and energizing, so it is a good choice if you want to be active after your massage.
The therapist uses a variety of different sequences of techniques on clients, who are either laying face up, laying face down, seated, or on their side. There is constant body contact between the therapist and the client, but rather than rubbing on muscles, the body is compressed, pulled, stretched and rocked.

Jeremy L

"I train in martial arts as well as going to the gym. I get sore and stiff even after I stretch. After coming here I felt great! My body felt relaxed and energized, ready to go back and train."
Instructor, Chinese Martial Arts Academy