I have been asked many times about the difference between Swedish massage and Thai massage, as I started my own massage in the UK. This article will give you a simple comparison and it is clear to those who asked the question.
Swedish massage and Thai massage are very different in both its technology and its philosophy. Swedish massage is a modality and the western and eastern Thai massage from India, dating back some 2,500 years.
Swedish massage is well known as a classic or a relaxing massage, it uses five basic methods; stroking and gliding, kneading, rubbing, knocking and shaking. These methods are based on Western anatomy and physiology, and their goal is to achieve a relaxing and healing effect.
Thai massage is often described as’ lazy yoga. ” It uses very similar techniques as Swedish massage, Thai massage, but also stimulates the acupressure points to the concept of power lines in order to provide relief to stretch and loosen the muscles to tighten, release tension and ease the joints. Thai massage leaves you feeling relaxed and energized. In addition, Thai massage uses a technique lock and release the blood flow by applying constant pressure for about 30 seconds in those areas where the hands and feet correspond to the torso. This is a real amplifier circulation. If the pressure is released, you suddenly feel a rush of warmth as blood floods along the back of your legs.
Swedish Massage uses essential oils or lotions in accordance with the type of the customer’s skin. The client undressed and can cover up with a towel, so massage space should be private. For the Swedish massage, the client lies on a massage table (usually supplemented for added comfort). On the contrary, there is no need for oil to be used in Thai massage, so that the client can remain fully clothed and confidentiality is usually not required. In general, a Thai massage is performed on a floor mat.