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Thai Massage in London

Thai Yoga Massage Central LondonDo you require Thai massage in London? If so, what follows will certainly be of interest. At Bodywork Massage, we have offered Thai massage in London for many years, and we follow the highest standards possible. This is because we abide by Thai massage teachings set out by the Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School in Bangkok. This means we offer the most authentic form of Thai massage in London.

Below, we offer information to inform you about Thai massage. If you would like to book, contact us today on 07904 786 888.

What Are the Benefits of Thai Massage?

There are many advantages to Thai massage that bring our clients back for repeated treatments. These include:

1) Stress reduction

When a person is under too much stress, they may develop a number of different physical and mental health problems. Some of these can even be severely dangerous such as cardiovascular disease and clinical depression. A Thai massage consists of a variety of stretching and pressure techniques that gently lowers stress. In fact, the results of a study done in 2015 showed that a Thai massage actually reduces the presence of stress markers in the saliva.

2) Boosts Energy

A Thai massage can actually boost a person’s energy level. Practitioners of Thai massage typically hold the belief that there are lines of Sen or energy that run through the body. During the massage, the practitioner works along these lines to release tight muscle blocks. While this is only a theory, there is research that shows that people often receive an energy boost after getting a Thai massage.

3) Relieves Headaches

There is a specific form of Thai massage known as a court-type Thai massage. Research has shown that the pressure applied to very specific spots during this massage actually acts as a successful treatment for chronic headaches.

4) Stimulates Circulation

The gentle, almost yoga-like stretches involved in a Thai massage promote the circulation of blood and lymph and helps fill the tissue with oxygen with aids with heart health and cell growth. There is also evidence that a Thai foot massage can aid with balance as blood circulation is directly related to the somatosensory system.

5) Improved Range of Motion

Another benefit of the stretches involved in Thai massage is a greater range of motion over time. There are a few different reasons for this. First of all, a Thai massage enhances a person’s flexibility. It also helps improve the circulation of synovial fluid around in the joints, which reduces friction and improves mobility.

What to expect from our Thai massage treatments in London?

If you’ve never had a Thai massage before, then you should really be excited. Thai massage is superb when it comes to releasing stress and for promoting general health. Many of you reading this will have undergone a Thai massage before, perhaps in Thailand during a holiday. If so, the procedure we follow is identical to what you would have already received in Thailand. We uphold the standards set out by the internationally acclaimed Wat Pho Thai Traditional Massage School in Bangkok.

If you are new to Thai massage, then you may be surprised to discover the difference to other common forms of massage that are popular in London. For instance, unlike Swedish massage, Thai massage does not involve the use of oil.

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What Do You Need to Know Before Your Appointment?

Here are some tips that you should read and take into consideration before your first appointment:

  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing
  • Expect to spend an hour or two at the appointment
  • Don’t eat a heavy meal before the massage
  • Arrive five to ten minutes before the appointment to complete forms and change
  • Provide your massage therapist with your complete health history so they are aware of any conditions that may be affected during the massage
  • If you feel uncomfortable or in pain at any time, tell your massage therapist

What should I wear during a Thai massage in London?

Throughout a Thai massage, you remain fully clothed. This is because Thai massage does not involve the use of oil. However, we strongly recommend you wear loose clothing. Thai massage demands maximum flexibility, so it is important for you to avoid clothing that will restrict your movement in any way. Thai massage is similar to Yoga, and so you must be able to stretch. Unlike yoga, you will not direct stretch movements yourself. The flow of the massage is directed by the massage therapist. This is one reason why Thai massage is often termed the ‘lazy man’s’ yoga (or woman’s!)

What are the key principles of Thai massage in London?

Thai massage is classified as an Eastern massage technique. Thai massage developed from Ayurvedic medicine, which ironically originated in India and not Thailand. From Ayurvedic medicine, Thai massage borrowed the concept of ‘energy flow’. This concept assumes energy flows throughout the body via Sen (energy) lines. When these lines become blocked, poor health ensues. Thai massage aims to remove Sen line blockages in order to promote good health. At Bodywork Massage, we agree with this theory, although we believe there exists a biological basis for these phenomena.

During your Thai massage in London, our therapist will aim to remove blockages in Sen lines located throughout your body. This will restore maximum energy flow and help to promote good health. After your Thai massage is completed, you will feel extremely relaxed and reinvigorated.

What happens during a Thai massage in London?

If you have not undergone a Thai massage before, you may wonder what actually happens.  When you enter our London massage study, you will receive your massage on a massage couch. Thai massage is a full body treatment, so you will move throughout the massage. At the start of the Thai massage, you will lie on your back. The therapist will begin by massaging your feet. The therapist will concentrate on your body’s ‘sen lines’, and to accomplish this, the therapist will push up and down your body during the course of your Thai massage.  The therapist will use his or her thumbs, palms, knees and forearms to remove blockages in sen lines.

As well as using pressing techniques, the therapist will also make use of yoga stretches. The therapist will have regard to your general level of flexibility when carrying out these stretches. If you are not too flexible, the therapist will account for this by minimising stretches so that they are not painful for you during your Thai massage.

How Often Should I get a Thai Massage?

How often you should get a Thai massage depends a lot on your particular needs. Some people incorporate specific stretches involved in Thai massages into their daily routine. The important thing is that you listen to your body. If you experience any lasting pain or discomfort, you should always talk to a health care professional before getting another massage.

Is Thai Massage Painful?

The pressure applied to muscle tissue during a Thai massage can be uncomfortable, but it should never be excessively or unbearably painful. Because it can be painful if done wrong, it is important that it is only performed by a licensed massage therapist who knows how to help you stretch and how to apply pressure in a way that is only beneficial.

It is also worth noting that after a Thai massage, like after any other type of massage, a person may experience some soreness, minor discomfort, or pain. This is completely natural, and as long as it remains minor, it is nothing to be concerned about.

How is Thai Massage Suitable for Athletes?

There are a variety of sports massages that prove beneficial for athletes, but a Thai massage has some special benefits. A Thai massage tends to be deeper and more restorative than other sports massages due to the gentle stretches. When an athlete is done receiving a Thai massage, they tend to be both physically and mentally restored. The improved circulation can also help an athlete recover from a previous injury or avoid a new one.

What Are the Risks/Dangers of Thai Massage?

A Thai massage is not typically dangerous to people, but if someone deals with any of the following health problems, they should talk with a doctor before getting a massage:

  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Neurological diseases
  • Coronary artery disease

When/for whom is the Thai Massage not Suitable?

A Thai massage involves a lot of movement and stretching, so it may not be suitable for anyone who cannot safely and comfortably complete those stretches. For example, anyone with the following should seek medical advice before having a Thai massage:

  • Severe arthritis
  • Varicose veins
  • Dislocated joints
  • Poor flexibility

What to Do After a Thai Massage?

Thai Massage is one of the most refreshing and uplifting therapies we offer. As with any therapeutic treatment, it is important to follow our aftercare advice to get the most out of your experience. Our advice is as follows:

  • After a massage, it is vital that you drink water to help your body rid itself of toxins that a massage works to flush out
  • It is also important to eat a snack after a massage because all the stretching can take a lot out of you, and you may need an energy boost
  • Take some time to rest after a Thai massage. You could take a nap, read a book, or take a warm bath. A warm bath is especially helpful as it will help increase circulation
  • Pay attention to your body’s response and make a note of anything that you should tell your massage therapist before your next massage. You should be sure to communicate any extreme pain you feel


Thai massage is an ancient tradition, though it is still relatively new to Western culture. It is proven to have a variety of health benefits, such as providing people with a greater range of motion, better circulation, or reducing stress levels.

Most people, at any age, can get a Thai massage, though there are a few reasons that a Thai massage may not be suitable for someone, such as people with cancer or cardiovascular disease. For this reason, it is important that they talk to a health professional before getting a massage.

To book a Thai massage with us today, contact our team on 07904 786 888 or by using our online contact form. We will conduct a thorough assessment before your treatment which helps to ensure you are eligible for this form of massage. We look forward to hearing from you.


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My name is Lubna and I am a Holistic Food Coach, Natural Chef, Massage Specialist & Yoga teacher. I am passionate about your health and well-being. After spending years working in property management in London I was left feeling stressed and unfulfilled.

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