So, recently I was at the gym with my workout buddy and I noticed some significant changes in the way she worked out. Her range of motion had increased and she had a lot more breath to spare than she used to, so she worked out for a greater duration as well.
Since the changes were so in-my-face, I couldn’t help but ask if she has been doing something on the side as well.
My intuition wasn’t wrong, she said she’s been getting Thai Massage therapy. It’s basically a full-body massage that combines spiritual healing and an Eastern form of medicine in a concise ways, and it really help her put her life together in so many ways.
Now, I’ve always been an occasional spa-day kind of person and these fancy sounding massages seemed like a hoax to me for the longest time. Even so, I decided to give the Thai Massage a shot because, well, the results were literally in front of me!
The first session was pretty good and though I did feel relaxed, it really didn’t feel like a life-changing experience. But I didn’t want to give up and so, decided to attend a few more sessions of the massage therapy.
After a couple of weeks, I kid you not, I noticed some major changes in me. I attend
Yoga classes, and the very first thing I noticed was that I had no trouble doing splits. It was amazing. I was also super cheerful most of the time and felt really pumped up for doing whatever needed to be done.
Being in complete awe of my newfound spirit, I decided to check out exactly what benefits this massage offers in a more scientific light. Here’s what I discovered:
Bid Farewell to Depression and Anxiety
I have had trouble with depression and anxiety for as long as I can remember. Back in college, I remember being more and more lethargic and going through scores of panic attacks when project and assignment deadlines approached. And the most minor of inconveniences would make me cry for hours, so it was a real struggle. This stayed with me even after college and my anxiety decided to act up very frequently, especially when the matter was work-related.
After I started sessions of this massage therapy, it became so much easier for me to cope with work-related matters. My head was so much clearer and I did everything in a relaxed manner, and with a smile on my face.
So apparently, this is attributed to the lowering of the stress hormone cortisol in our bodies and the increase of the happy hormones called oxytocin and serotonin; your Thai massage is one of the best ways to induce these amazing hormonal changes!
Workout like a Real Athlete
Like my friend, I also started to workout with a kind of motivation I’d never had. According to my research, the Thai massage focuses on increasing your range of movement, improving your stamina and making you breathe better. Does this hold true for me?
As I already mentioned, I was able to do splits in my Yoga class with ease so my range of motion definitely improved, yes.
I worked out half an hour longer (Cardio and strength) than I usually do without losing my breath so my stamina and breath also increased! So yeah, the massage worked!
Make Your Internal Body Work to its Fullest Potential
My research also told me that the masseuse has been trained to massage your body in a way that improves your blood circulation and helps your organs work better.
I don’t think I can fully assess the results of this particular benefit in myself but I can assure you that my digestion is better. Other than that I generally feel pretty healthy and active too so yeah, I believe there is some credibility to this claim.
Improves Your Reflexes
The massage is said to improve your reflexes so you can resist getting injured and perform better in sports. I occasionally play tennis and I have noticed a significant difference in my game. Haven’t really been close to getting injured yet so I suppose this is another benefit of this massage which I proved to be true!
Get a Spiritual Cleanup as Well
According to the science of the Thai massage, there are energy pathways in our body. These pathways get blocked with mental and physical stress and make us ill because some part of us isn’t receiving its usual dose of energy.
The massage is performed in a way that unblocks these pathways and makes you feel great and healthy overall. You know by now that I absolutely feel healthy and superb after this massage so that’s another check for the benefits of this therapy!
Author Bio: Sara is a psychologist by profession, and she loves massage therapies. She enjoys home-based work and traveling. She is obsessed with massage chair therapies and other relaxing techniques. She recently published a list of best yoga blogs.