Thai massages have gotten a bad rep over the years, with many people equating them with shady massage parlors that specialize in happy endings. However, a legit session of Thai massage can provide a plethora of health benefits.
This is especially true of the fantastic Thai aroma massage. You may be asking,
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What is a Thai aroma massage?
During a Thai aroma massage, your masseuse builds off of established aromatherapy philosophy and uses scented oils that have been extracted from a variety of aromatic and medicinal plants to infuse the session with a calming aura and trigger many additional therapeutic effects.
The massage itself is very similar in execution and technique to the more traditional Thai massage. It just has the added healing benefits of aromatherapy.
It’s Not Just About Relaxation
The true power of the Thai aroma massage is that it is about more than just relaxation and winding down like many other popular massage techniques are. A Thai aroma massage produces a very real therapeutic benefit for both body and mind.
The first sign of this added layer of benefits is the fact that a proper Thai Aromatherapy massage hurts a little bit. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t ever say that getting a Thai aroma massage is torturous or painful, and I’m confident that you won’t run out screaming. But, you will certainly feel a little sore afterward.
This is because the underlying technique of a Thai aroma massage is based on the traditional Thai massage, which incorporates deep-tissue kneading and stretching.
After a session of Thai aroma massage, you will feel relaxed, but a great deal of the benefits will also be more than skin-deep.
Purifying, Detoxifying, Exfoliating
When you undergo a Thai aroma massage, the kneading of your skin and muscles activates and increases your circulation, and this has an immediate recharge effect on your body.
For one, Thai aroma massages are great at purifying your body. The increase in circulation has a positive effect on your heart rate and blood pressure. You also get a boost to your endorphin and serotonin production, which relaxes your muscles allowing your body to get rid of lactic acid.
Toxins are responsible for many of the diseases and conditions that plague us throughout our lives. Thankfully, Thai aroma massages can help you drain your lymphatic system and detox your body to rid yourself of these harmful toxins.
Finally, the friction created through kneading and rubbing of your body by the masseuse will help to clear your skin of bacteria and dead skin cells, thus, generating a potent exfoliating body.
Additional Benefits Of Thai Aroma Massage
Which scented oils are used by your masseuse will determine to a great degree the types of additional benefits you get from your massage. For example:
- Lavender oil provides relaxation of the body and mind and promotes better sleep.
- Peppermint oil provides strong pain and tension relief, which is great for relieving the post-massage soreness but also reduces the length and severity of headaches and other painful disorders like fibromyalgia.
- Eucalyptus oil is great at reducing the symptoms of several allergies and immune conditions. They also provide measurable antibacterial and antiviral protection.
- Citrus oils provide a diuretic effect when absorbed into the skin. They also help to strengthen and tone skin cells, which makes them a great ally in the fight against cellulite.
- Sage oil can help reduce muscle spasms
- Geranium oil helps to regulate lymphatic function and balance hormone levels. Geranium oil is also great for people who suffer from anxiety, mood swings, and other stress-related conditions.
Final Thoughts On Thai Aromatherapy Massage
Regardless of which combination of oils your masseuse uses, getting a Thai aroma massage is one of the best ways to kickstart your body and receive a plethora of benefits to both your body and mind.
I recommend getting one once per month to reap the most consistent and long-lasting benefits.