Thai massage is a style of massage that combines acupressure, assisted yoga postures, and ayurveda. It originated in Buddhist monasteries as a form of preventative health care for monks. Unlike more popular forms of massage that use oil or lotion and are done on an elevated massage table, Thai massage is usually done on a padded mat or futon on the floor.
Shiatsu is often used to relieve stress and protect against stress-related health issues. It is also said to boost energy and improve range of motion and flexibility. In addition, Thai massage is being explored as a treatment for the following health problems: tension headaches, balance, subacute and chronic back pain and muscle spasticity.