If your first experience of a traditional Thai massage was on a sun-drenched paradise island like Samui, Phuket or Phi Phi, then lucky you. You’re well aware of its benefits and how great you feel afterwards.
Our aim here at Diamond Thai is to recreate that feeling of well-being and happiness. But unfortunately, as we’re here in Dublin, it will be without the sunny weather and the opportunity to go for a dip in some warm tropical waters afterwards.
Though we do have the Liffey running by right outside our door.
If you’re a traditional thai massage newbie, you might wonder what makes it different and unique. And the short answer is that it’s a bit like yoga for lazy people. But it’s also a whole lot more.
What is a Traditional Thai Massage?
It combines acupressure, yoga-like stretching, and compression to create a holistic and rejuvenating massage experience that targets almost every area of the body.
During your traditional Thai massage, Our therapists use their hands, feet, elbows, and knees to apply pressure to specific points on the body to help stretch and loosen your muscles. This gentle stretching can help balance the body’s energy flow, improve flexibility, and even reduce stress.
The Traditional Thai Massage Experience at Dublin’s Diamond Thai
At Diamond Thai, you can expect to receive a truly authentic Thai massage experience just like you’d find in the land of smiles.
When you book with us, you’ll be taken care of by one of our professional Thai therapists. All have been trained in the traditional techniques of Thai massage that have been handed down through generations and bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to each session.
When you walk through our doors, you’ll be greeted with a warm and welcoming atmosphere designed to help you feel relaxed and put you at ease.
If you’re looking to relieve pain, reduce stress, or simply relax and unwind, Our therapists will work with you to understand your specific needs and tailor your session, so you get exactly what you’re after.
We want our customers to leave our studio feeling relaxed, rejuvenated, and with a greater sense of well-being.
Exactly What Techniques Our Therapists Use
Traditional Thai massage has been around for a long time. Its methods and techniques date back some 2,500 years. Although old, they are still unique to Thai massage and offer numerous benefits for physical and mental well-being.
And our therapists know them all.
An authentic Thai massage always incorporates some type of yoga-like stretching. Our therapists gently use their hands and feet to softly manipulate your body’s muscles. This stretching can help to release tension, increase flexibility, and even improve your range of motion.
Your therapist will use gentle rocking motions to relax muscles and improve circulation. Rocking also helps to release tension and enhance the movement of energy around the body.
Traditional Thai massage uses acupressure to stimulate energy flow or “life force” along the body’s energy pathways, or “sen lines.” Our therapists do this by applying pressure to specific points on your body to release blockages and promote blood flow.
Thai massage uses compression techniques to apply pressure to the muscles, joints, and connective tissue. This helps to release tension, relieve pain, and break up hard knots in your tendons.
Chances are you didn’t know this, but a real Thai massage always involves energy work. This is when your therapist uses their hands to balance the flow of energy in your body.
This is done through gentle touch and the use of “sen lines.” and is thought to promote relaxation and circulation.
Many of these massage techniques are unique to Southeast Asia and create a natural holistic treatment that promotes balance and harmony in the body, mind, and spirit.
To prepare for your traditional Thai massage with us, we recommend wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that allows for easy movement because there will be a fair bit of stretching.
You might also like to eat a light meal before you get here to ensure you’re comfortable during your massage and don’t get hungry. Drink some water, too. It helps keep those muscles hydrated.
Avoid beer, wine or any alcohol. It can make you feel a bit sluggish and uncomfortable—likewise, any heavy food.
Let us know if you have any medical conditions or injuries so we can adapt the massage to meet your needs. And once you’re good to go, you’ll be able to fully enjoy all the benefits a traditional Thai massage has to offer.
10 Top Benefits of A Traditional Thai Massage
Thai massage has been shown to have many health benefits over the years. Number 1 has to be the sense of relaxation you feel afterwards. The rest, in no particular order, are
It can help improve your flexibility: Thai massage incorporates stretching and gentle twisting, which helps to increase flexibility and range of motion.
It brings down your stress levels: Thai massage promotes relaxation and reduces stress and tension in the body.
Relieves pain: Thai massage can help to relieve pain, particularly in the lower back, neck, and shoulders, as if it focuses on areas that cause it, like the abdomen/inner thigh.
Promotes relaxation: The rhythmic and repetitive motions used in Thai massage encourage relaxation and calmness. Leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.
It’s been proven to increase your energy: Thai massage helps balance the body’s energy flow, improving overall strength levels.
It can help with insomnia: That’s right, You’ll sleep like a baby just because you’re more relaxed and less stressed.
It’s heart-healthy: Because traditional Thai massage involves lots of stretching, your body’s cells become flooded with oxygen which boosts circulation and increases your blood flow.
It can help relieve headaches or migraine: Two separate studies (here and here) have shown that a good Thai massage focusing on the neck and head can help alleviate the painful symptoms of both headaches and migraines.
It can boost your athletic performance. Because of all the benefits mentioned above, like improved flexibility and circulation, Thai massage has been proven in a study to make you a better athlete.
Enhances your overall well-being: Thai massage is a holistic practice that seeks balance and harmony in the body, mind, and spirit. Enough said.
So if you are suffering from any of the above ailments or just want to chill out and relax, drop into us for a Thai massage here at Diamond Thai in Dublin city centre or call and book ahead.
Now, you might wonder if a traditional Thai massage is still for you. Or, if you’d prefer another type of treatment. So, here’s a quick rundown of what makes a traditional Thai massage different.
Comparing Traditional Thai Massage with The Rest
Traditional Thai massage has roots in traditional Thai medicine and Buddhism.
It’s thought that Buddhist monks developed the practice to promote physical and spiritual health, which in turn helped them prepare for meditation.
You can see their principles of mindfulness and respect for the body woven into Thai massage traditions.
This makes a truly original Thai massage more than just physical therapy and turns it into an actual holistic practice that tries to bring harmony and balance to your body.
Religion aside, the biggest difference between Thai and other forms of massage is that no rubbing or kneading of muscles is involved. Instead, it’s all about stretching, acupressure and ‘sen lines.’
There are other differences, too, like
Unlike other types of massage, Thai massage therapists make use of their hands, feet, elbows, and knees to apply pressure and stretch the muscles.
You’ll be fully clothed during a Thai massage and typically wear something comfortable and loose-fitting. This is in contrast to other forms of massage, where the client may need to disrobe and be covered with a sheet or blanket.
In Thailand, the massage is typically performed on the floor. But here in the west, we’ve moved it onto a mat or massage table, with the client lying face down or face up. This is different from other forms of massage, such as Swedish massage, which is often performed while the client is lying on their back.
Thai massage uses firm and intense pressure compared to other types of massage. This pressure is designed to release muscle tension and promote energy flow in the body.
Back in the day, a traditional Thai massage was a relaxed affair that often lasted for a couple of hours. Other types of massage may only last for 30-60 minutes. Thirty minutes is far too short to get the true benefit of a Thai massage. We recommend at least an hour if not 90 minutes.
What to do After Your Traditional Thai Massage
After your traditional Thai massage, it’s important to rest and allow your body to readjust.
It’s also a good idea to drink plenty of water to help flush out any toxins released during the massage and avoid alcohol and heavy meals for a few hours after your session.
No football, tennis or other strenuous activities. You don’t want to put any excessive strain on your muscles for a few hours after the massage.
Gentle stretching exercises are fine, and a warm bath or shower can help soothe any lingering soreness. Following these simple aftercare guidelines will ensure you get the most out of your traditional Thai massage experience with us.
So visit Diamond Thai Massage in Dublin for a genuinely authentic traditional Thai massage experience. Our professional therapists offer exceptional care in a warm and welcoming environment.
Recharge, rejuvenate, and enhance your well-being with us.
You can book online below. We look forward to welcoming you soon.