Thai Massage involves a wide range of movements and techniques that resemble almost like a session of yoga. The benefits of Thai massage are numerous. Not only does it relieve muscle aches and body pains, but it can also help improve flexibility, circulation, immune function, and range of motion. The proper name for traditional Thai massage is Nuad Boran (Thai: นวดแบรนด์; English: Channeling). Nuad Boran is based on the concept of energy lines called Sen (Thai: เซ็น) focusing on acupuncture points like Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, traditional Thai massage does not use needles, instead, the therapist's hands are used to press, stretch and knead the pressure points to achieve its health benefit. The treatment is aimed at improving blood circulation in the body and improving vitality by strengthening muscles that are often tense due to stress. Performed usually on a low mattress on the floor or a firm mat, a typical Thai massage session lasts around 90 minutes. The therapist uses their entire bodies, including their hands, elbows, feet, and knees to stand, kneel, or walk on the recipient and create deep strong pressure.
Oils are not used during Thai massage and the therapist applies pressure with a rhythmic, rocking motion using the palms of their hands and thumbs creating a relaxing yet comfortable therapy session.