Thai massage is a system of massage and manipulation developed in Thailand, and influenced by the traditional medicine systems of India, china, and Southeast Asia, as well as by yoga.
The massage recipient changes into loose, comfortable clothes and lies on a mat or firm mattress. The client may be positioned in a variety of yoga-like positions during the course of the massage, but deep static and rhythmic pressures form the core of the massage.
The massage therapist leans on the clients body using hands and usually straight forearms locked at the elbow to apply firm rhythmic pressure. The massage generally follows designated lines (Sen) in the body. Legs and feet of the therapist can be used to fixate the body or limbs of the client. In other positions, hands fixate the body, while the feet do the massaging action. A full Thai massage session can typically lasts two hours or more, and includes rhythmic pressing and stretching of the entire body; this may include pulling fingers, toes, ears, cracking the knuckles, walking on the clients back, and manipulating the clients body into many different positions. There is a standard procedure and rhythm to the massage, which the therapist will adjust to fit each individual client.