Should you be sore after a Thai massage?
Swedish massage therapy is the most commonly used type of massage. This type of massage involves long, slow, gentle kneading strokes and light, rhythmic, tapping strokes on the topmost muscles layers. You can also combine this with joint movement. Swedish therapy can help relax and stimulate the muscles. You may also find it helpful after an injury.
During the massage, you’ll remain fully clothed and sit in a specially designed chair. You’ll straddle the chair so that your chest pushes into the back of the chair, allowing the massage therapist to have access to your back.
Researchers in Thailand studied the effects of Thai massage on a group of 120 people with nonspecific low back pain. Half the test group was treated with Thai massage and the rest with other conservative management techniques that included joint mobilization (a technique that involves applying pressure), hot packs, and manual stretching to painful areas.