Imagine the benefits of a massage that combines the stretching relief of yoga with the systemic release of pressure points throughout the body. This is traditional Thai massage therapy, a practice developed over many centuries through a synthesis of Buddhist and Hindu healing arts. While many massage techniques call for the therapist to use oil, Thai massage is a dry method. The therapist massages each pressure point, using rhythmic repetitions to push and pull and stretch and twist the body and release tension. Throughout, you will be asked to assume yoga poses that complement the work of the therapist. As with yoga sessions, you should wear loose, comfortable clothing for the massage, which takes place on mats on the floor of the treatment room. The therapist applies acupressure not just with hands, but also with elbows, feet, and knees, even walking on your back; a wide range of massage techniques enables the therapist to adjust the degree of pressure to your needs. Drawing on its spiritual roots, Thai massage is also meditative; you coordinate your breathing pattern with the rhythm of the massage. Thai massage is a great technique for alleviating chronic pain. After a session, you will emerge with a holistic sense of vitality and wellbeing. Nattapon Namvong, a specialist in traditional Thai massage, recently joined the Thalassa Spa team so that we can offer this treatment option to our guests. Her Thai in the Med massage treatment lasts 60 minutes. Contact Thalassa Spa to make an appointment.