What to Do After a Thai Massage: A Guide for Relaxation and Rejuvenation

Thai massage is a unique form of massage therapy that has been around for centuries. It is based on Buddhist principles and incorporates elements of Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicine. After a Thai massage, it is important to rest and drink plenty of water. There are no specific guidelines on how often a person should receive a Thai massage, but it is recommended to incorporate daily maintenance routines that include stretching and relaxation techniques.

To prolong the feeling of calm after a massage, it is best to rest, read a book, watch Netflix, or do anything else that relaxes you both physically and mentally. It is also beneficial to book a massage for a day when you know you will be home for four to six hours afterwards. After the massage, do some gentle stretches on your own. This helps to release muscle tension, improve flexibility, and improve circulation. It is also a great way to tune in to your body, relieve stress, and calm your mind.

After a massage, your body needs to refuel. For this reason, consider bringing a snack to your next appointment such as a banana and some raw almonds. Be sure to stick to light meals and opt for things like sautéed vegetables and rice. Avoid doing any strenuous activities after massage therapy as it is better for the body and mind to relax. During most of the massages I received on my trip to Thailand, I wore loose-fitting clothing provided by the spa instead of going completely naked as I do during deep tissue massages.

The Thai massage made my muscles feel more relaxed, and after a handful of them I felt like I could move more freely and with a better range of motion. Komparaj was Buda's personal doctor which makes sense because Thai massage is closely related to Buddhism. Lapatrada Pittayakorn, director of the Nitra Spa & Wellness spa at 137 Pillars Suites & Residences Bangkok, one of the hotels I stayed at during my trip said that Thai massage was heavily influenced by Ayurvedic practices in India as well as traditional Chinese medicine. After experiencing Thai massage for myself I felt more relaxed, freer and more stretched, and my only regret was that I hadn't tried it sooner.

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