Thai Massage Is Everyone’s Favorite….I Get It!
I’ll start off by saying that by no means am I trying to be a debbie downer, I love me some Thai massage just as much as the next person! But as much as I love this ancient technique, I think it’s also important to talk about its dangers.
Everyone is focused on the good which is great, but it’s very important to understand the bad as well. Being informed of both good/bad allows you to make an informed decision based on your specific condition and situation!
First Off….Let’s Talk A Little Bit About Thai Massage!
There’s a lot about Thai massage that most people don’t have a clue about. For one, Thai and deep tissue massage are not the same thing. Yes Thai massage does have elements that could be construed as deep tissue therapy, but that’s not it’s only focus.
For example, here’s a few things I bet you probably didn’t know of! (Source: Wikipedia)
So as you can see authentic Thai massage is not what you may have thought it to be. I’ve traveled tons and tons of times to South East Asia, but not once have I experienced the authentic thing. It’s usually been a fusion of oil massage coupled with a bit of Thai massage stretches, ending with a foot massage.
If you told most people that you’d be wrapping your feet all over their torso and trampling on their back, they may not be too thrilled! Especially if you’re a tourist, you will probably opt for an oil massage instead of an authentic Thai massage. It’s not for everyone, and it’s certainly not something I’d do frequently either.
4 Thai Massage Dangers To Be Aware Of!
As I was researching for this post, I stumbled upon an interesting article written by Peter from The Thailand Life. Peter is a bloke who moved to Thailand at 29 years of age and has been living there for 12 years (Source: The Thailand Life).
It’s a pretty interesting read with a ton of awesome information about the origin of Thai massage. Well worth a read for anyone who might be interested in Thai massage!
For this post, we’ll be covering the opposite of what Peter talks about in his article – the dangers of Thai massage!
#1 Too Much Pressure & Intensity—Resulting In Long Term Issues
This is in my mind the biggest danger of Thai massage, and one that often gets swept under the rug. I should note that this is more so a danger when language barriers exist.
This is where too much pressure and intensity can become an issue. I know people who have had Thai massage nightmarish experiences because of this! Someone I know has injured themselves pretty bad actually because of this very reason.
Even with all the language barriers, a properly trained masseuse should be able to read and understand their patient. I truly believe this, and after all my massage experiences around the globe, I have seen my mix of both good and bad therapists.
#2 All The Other Dangers One Would See With Deep Tissue Massage
While Thai massage is not the same as deep tissue therapy, it does contain elements within it that are similar to deep tissue work. As such, all the dangers associated with deep tissue therapy are also the same for Thai massage.
I know it sounds pretty scary to talk about, right!? The good news is that all of these are unlikely dangers, which could only happen in extreme cases. We list them here as there is a possibility, however small, it’s important for you to understand.
I’ve previously written a post on the dangers of deep tissue massage where I talk about some of this stuff in a lot more detail. Feel free to check it out here!
#3 Pain, Which Could Last For Extended Periods
Massage was supposed to relieve your inflammation and pain but instead it’s exacerbating the condition! In some way this is related to point #1 about too much pressure and intensity.
This is so not true! A light/mild massage can be incredibly effective. If you’re sensitive enough, it doesn’t take much to know what’s good/bad for your body. You can sense and feel this with a little bit of awareness. I’ll give you a piece of advice that’s served me well over the years:
There’s no point continuing and causing long term harm to yourself.
#4 Soreness, Redness, Malaise, Headaches & An Overall Sense Of Feeling Drained
This is less of a danger and more of a side effect. Even still, I think its important to mention. Soreness, redness, malaise, headaches and the rest are common with a high intense massage, and while you shouldn’t go expecting it, you should also not be surprised if they happen.
The best way to deal with this is to take a warm shower, eat light, and get some rest. This has worked like a charm for me.
Enough About What We Have To Say! What Are Your Thai Massage Experiences?
Have you experienced any of the dangers noted above, or something entirely different? We’d love to hear so please feel free to share your experiences by dropping a comment down below.
Approaching massage with the right care and precaution is the responsibility of not only the therapist, but also the patient. I know that might sound a tad harsh, but I prefer to err on the side of caution, and I recommend the same for you, my fellow readers. That’s a close, we’ll see you next week! Take care, be safe, be well!