NOTE: Grant will be away training in Thailand until December 20.

How does Thai Massage increase flexibility and range of motion?

The acupressure and stretches in traditional Thai massage improve the mobility of your joints and make them less prone to injury.
Thai massage hip flexor stretch FB

Introduction

Our society has become much more sedentary over the past decades, and the result is that muscle injury is more common. The cost of our sedentary lifestyle is that our joints tighten as we age more than if we were more active. Tight joints, in turn, reduce our range of motion and restricts our flexibility.
If you have come to Sirius Health for a Thai massage, I have probably talked to you about how Thai massage can help with both flexibility and mobility. Though sometimes used interchangeably, flexibility and mobility are not the same.
  • Flexibility:
    the capacity for a muscle or muscle group to passively lengthen through a range of motion.
  • Mobility:
    the capacity for a joint to actively move through a range of motion.
Good joint mobility needs flexibility, but mobility also depends on the structure of the joint, the shape of the bones, how they meet and the condition of the ligaments and tendons that connect those bones.

Benefits of Thai Massage

The goal of Thai massage is to improve the flow of prana (energy) in your body. Tight muscles hinder the flow of energy, which you feel as being less flexible and more prone to injury. Over time, this reduced energy flow begins to shorten your muscles and connective tissues, which, in turn, externally worsens your posture and internally affects your immunity and the ability of your organ to function correctly.
Increasing the flow of energy in your body helps loosen your body and improve the range of motion in all your joints. The combination of acupressure and stretching in Thai massage targets your muscles, connective tissues, tendons, ligaments, and joints. Thai massage will therefore improve the mobility of your joints and make them less prone to injury.
Incorporating exercises and stretches into your daily life is essential to maintain your flexibility and mobility. If you prefer us to do the work for you, we offer both monthly massage memberships and a 6 for 5 packages to bring down the cost of regular massage.
If you are self-motivated, we offer group fitness classes and personal training in our Fitness Studio. If you are new to exercise, our Qigong and Yoga classes will get you off the couch. Our callisthenics fitness and women’s strength training classes will challenge you at every level if you already have decent mobility.
Ideally, however, Thai massage and fitness together make a powerful team. Thai massage will take whatever level of mobility you achieve by exercising and help you improve those areas slowing your down. And most importantly, a regular Thai massage can then aid in the recovery and relaxation process.
Thai massage hamstring stretch at Street massage
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