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What Are the Differences Between Swedish & Thai Massages? September 12, 2017

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What Are the Differences Between Swedish & Thai Massages?, Honolulu, Hawaii

A great massage can help to relieve tense muscles, reduce stress levels, and aid with health problems such as headaches and digestive disorders. However, there are numerous techniques, and each one provides different benefits for the body. Below is a guide to help you understand the differences between two of the most popular methods—the Swedish and Thai massage—and how they are used to improve your well-being.

Swedish Massage 

Approach & Purpose

thai massage honolulu hiThis is one of the most commonly applied techniques, and as such, it has become known as the traditional or classic form. Massage therapists perform it by using stroking, gliding, kneading, pounding, and shaking motions. This combination helps to reduce pain and stiffness and improve joint function, with an aim to also promote relaxation and overall well-being.

What to Expect

When you book a Swedish massage, you’ll enter a private room, undress, cover yourself with a towel, and lie on a massage table or chair. The massage therapist will then use either essential oils or lotions to help you relax.

Thai Massage


Also referred to as “lazy yoga” because it implements meditation and yoga poses, Thai massage therapy also employs similar techniques to the traditional Swedish massage. Only, in this case, the massage is focused on rejuvenating and energizing you instead of relaxation. To do this, your therapist will use their hands, knees, legs, and feet to move you into different yoga-like positions in combination with acupressure, deep tissue and rhythmic pressures, and joint mobilization.  

What to Expect

Although they can vary, you can expect a Thai massage to last up to two hours and take place on a floor mat. Unlike a Swedish massage, you will remain fully clothed and typically be in a room with up to a dozen individuals. Essential oils are not used as they’re counterproductive to increasing your energy levels.  


Whether you want to feel relaxed, rejuvenated, or both, the team at China Thai Massage in Honolulu, HI, will ease your muscle pain and soothe anxiety. Their trained therapists specialize in a number of techniques in addition to Thai and Swedish massages. Call them today at (808) 888-9519 to schedule an appointment or visit their Yelp page to find out how they’ve helped their past clients.

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