What is Thai Massage?
Thai massage (nuat thai) is a system of acupressure massage and assisted stretching developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, China, and Southeast Asia. It is often called Thai Yoga Massage due to the asana-like stretches the therapist performs on the client. This form of bodywork is best performed on the floor to allow the therapist to use her body weight to safely apply pressure, and the client wears comfortable clothes that allow for movement. Thai massage is an oil-free massage, although hot, dry herbal compresses (samunphrai) can be used as a complement to the massage itself and are applied to the body through the massage pyjamas.
"The true practice of the art of healing in ancient Thai massage (nuad phaen boran) is the compassionate intent of the healer. The Buddhist spiritual practices associated with Thai massage cultivate humility, awareness, and concentration in the healer designed to bring the practitioner to a deeper level of awareness of herself and the client. This compassionate state of being is termed "metta", which usually translates as 'loving kindness'." - Wikipedia
What is Relaxation Massage?
Relaxation massage encourages the to unwind, physically and mentally, promoting clear thinking while creating a feeling of well-being. A treatment session allows the client quality time to relax and restore from the stresses of daily life. Relaxation massage provides many benefits, such as reducing muscle tension and tightness, improving circulation, relieving headaches and stress. It can also assist in boosting the immune system and improving sleep.
What you can expect of a relaxation massage:
Rhythmic and flowing long, smooth, gliding strokes
A firm, but relaxing pressure that is never painful
A treatment designed to relax and soothe you, but not to relieve chronic pain or other underlying conditions