A floor mat or a table for Thai Massage?


The technique that Thai massage practitioners use is very different from what people in the West may be accustomed to. Unlike Swedish or shiatsu massage techniques, in which a person passively lies on a bed, the client lies on the floor and participates more actively in the massage. However, a Thai Massage practice can be on the table, too.

What’s better – a floor mat or a table for Thai Massage?

Benefits of doing Thai Massage on the floor

  • The therapist can use your body weight much more effectively because you can get right on top of a client.
  • The client has a much bigger support surface on a floor mat than on a table where arms and legs have to be kept close to the body so that they don’t slide off the table.
  • It is easier for the therapist to move clients around on a floor mat. This is less disruptive for the client, and it flows much better.
  • Unlike on a table, the therapist can use all Thai Massage techniques on a floor mat. There are some techniques which are very difficult or impossible to do on a table.
  • The therapist has a better flow on the floor because he can easily move around the client without losing body contact.
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Good reasons for working on a table

  • The therapist can combine Thai Massage techniques with other massage styles which are done on a table – like you mix in some Thai Massage moves with your Swedish massage.
  • It works best when having clients who are so elderly or in such bad shape that it is really difficult to get them onto the floor.
  • The therapist can use a table as a way to gradually introduce Thai Massage to clients without starting them out on a full-blown Thai Massage session.