Thai massage has its roots in a spiritual tradition, and its purpose is to heal a person physically, emotionally and spiritually. Thai massage uses passive stretching and gentle pressure along the energy lines of the body to increase flexibility, relieve muscle and joint tension, and balance the body’s energy systems. It is both deeply relaxing and energizing.
The pressing/compression techniques of Thai massage prepare muscles for stretching by increasing their permeability. The manipulations of Thai massage are designed to stretch the muscles a little more than would be possible unaided.
Regular Thai massage stretches the muscles back to their normal resting length, which tricks the brain into 'thinking' that all is well and before long, muscle tension disappears and joint mobility is restored.
Muscles are the therapist's direct target, however, connective tissue and weak circulation are also treated during the massage.