Thai massage is different from advanced spas, but it is really an old form of massage believed to have been developed by Buddhist monks in Thailand 2,500 years ago. It utilizes passive extending and gentle pressure along the body’s energy lines to improve flexibility, reduce muscle and joint tension, and balance the body’s energy systems. 

Considering that Thai massage is done fully clothed, some people suggest it if you feel unpleasant with the nudity or draping. However, Thai massage is not the best option for first-time spa-goers. Why? First, you’re going to be lying on a futon with a therapist crouched over you, pushing on your legs, just to begin. They might use the weight of their body to transfer your body into different positions to obtain passive stretching.


A lot of what the therapist does is unusual and unforeseen — and you have to feel comfy enough with bodywork that you can rest while they’re doing it. If getting off your clothes to get a Swedish massage is a problem, try reflexology — the therapist is working just on your feet, but the benefits are felt all through the body.

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