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How does Thai massage relieve muscle tension and soreness?

The stretches in traditional Thai massage help loosen your body and improve the range of motion in all your joints.

Traditional Thai massage stretches help loosen your body and improve the range of motion in all your joints.

Muscle injuries are more common now than they were 50 years ago. That’s not because we’re exercising harder. It’s because we’re more sedentary. Our joints tend to tighten as we age, restricting our range of motion and flexibility.

Traditional Thai massage helps loosen your body and improve the range of motion in all your joints. By working on muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints, regular Thai massage keeps your joints more fluid and makes them less injury prone. Thai massage will also help to increase your energy levels. Thai massage works off the belief that tightened muscles lead to diminished energy flow in your body. When energy can’t flow freely, you become inflexible, suffer pain and feel stiff. Over time, this leads to shortened muscles and connective tissue that affects your posture, immunity and organ function, speeding up aging and disability.

Incorporating Thai massage and stretching into a fitness routine also will help reduce soreness after a workout. Stretching beforehand will allow greater freedom of movement and more extended workout periods because it helps prevent a buildup of lactic acid in your blood. Regular post-workout Thai massages can then aid in the recovery and relaxation process.

Research

A 2015 study published in the Journal of Physical Therapy Science examined the effects of Thai massage on physical fitness in soccer players. The study randomly divided thirty-four competitive soccer players into two groups. The first group received three 30-minute Thai massage sessions for a ten-day study period, while the second group merely rested between their regular training sessions. The study found that Thai massage provided some beneficial effects on physical fitness in soccer players, especially for VO2 max, and facilitated muscle strength, agility and speed.

Another study, published in the Journal of Foot and Ankle Research in 2014, examined the potential benefits of Thai massage for volleyball players, focusing specifically on vertical jump performance and flexibility in the knees and ankles. The researchers saw statistically significant improvements in vertical jump height, knee flexion, ankle plantar flexion and ankle dorsiflexion.

It is essential to acknowledge that both were small-scale studies, so they don’t provide definitive evidence that getting a Thai massage will boost your performance. However, they do suggest that a physical fitness boost is possible.

Thai Massage vs Yoga

As an athlete, you’ve probably heard a lot about the benefits of yoga, but adding it to your already-packed training schedule can be challenging. Not only is it hard to find the time to attend a yoga class, but it can also be hard to get the hang of it, and you may find yourself leaving a yoga class wondering if you got any physical fitness benefits.

With Thai massage, this is no longer a concern. As you walk out of the Thai massage therapist’s office, you know you’ve made the most of the last 90 minutes of training. You have the massage practitioner manipulating your body into the correct positions, and they can also offer you guidance on your breathing as you move through each pose.

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