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Is Thai massage okay for the elderly?

Updated: Jun 20, 2023



Traditional Thai massage is a type of massage that involves stretching, acupressure, and joint mobilisation. It is sometimes called ‘lazy person's yoga’ because the therapist moves you into various positions that resemble yoga poses. Thai massage can have many benefits for older people, such as improving blood circulation, flexibility, range of motion, and well-being. However, Thai massage also requires some caution and adaptation for elderly peoples, as you may have certain health conditions or limitations that make some techniques unsuitable or risky.


Thai massage can help elderly people with:

  • Reducing stress and anxiety

  • Enhancing sleep quality

  • Relieving back and joint pain

  • Improving balance and mobility

  • Increasing flexibility and range of motion

  • Boosting cognitive skills

  • Promoting a sense of well-being


However, Thai massage also has some contraindications and precautions for elderly people, such as:

  • Broken bones or osteoporosis

  • Arthritis or inflamed joints

  • Open wounds or bruises

  • Varicose veins or blood clots

  • Recent surgery or cancer

  • Heart conditions or high blood pressure

  • Thin skin or fragile bones


Thai massage for elderly people should be performed by our trained and experienced therapists who can adjust the pressure, intensity, and duration of the session according to your needs and preferences. The therapist should also ask about your medical history, medications, and any areas of pain or discomfort before starting the massage. The client should wear comfortable and loose clothing that allows movement and breathing. You should tell the therapist during the massage if your feel any pain, discomfort, or dizziness.


Thai massage can be a safe and effective way to improve the health and well-being of elderly people, as long as it is done with care and respect. Thai massage can help older people feel more relaxed, energized, and flexible, as well as reduce some of the common ailments that come with aging.


A Thai massage is not a substitute for medical care and should be done in consultation with a doctor if you have any serious health issues or concerns.

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