Thai Massage vs Swedish Massage: What’s the difference?

Thai and Swedish are both very different in their techniques and philosophies. Swedish massage is western, while Thai massage is eastern and originates from India. To decide which massage to opt for, it depends on your preference over technique, environment and usage of oils.

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Thai massage, also known as “lazy massage,” uses acupuncture points to stretch and loosen muscles in order to provide relief, to stretch and loosen tightened muscles, to release tension and relieve joints.

The Thai massage is based off an ancient system that combines acupressure, Indian Ayurvedic methods, and yoga positions.

A Thai massage leaves you feeling rejuvenated and energized. It uses a technique called blocking and releasing the blood flow. It involves applying pressure to the area where the legs and arms meet at the torso. Once the pressure is released, you will feel heat as the blood rushes back to the limbs.


A traditional Thai massage does not use essential oils or lotions. The client is not required to take off his/her clothing, hence privacy is usually not needed during a Thai massage session.

The massage usually takes place on a floor mat, with the client lying on his/her back, stomach and side, as well as to sit.

There is constant body contact between the client and the therapist. The therapist uses her hands, knees, legs, and feet to move the client into a series of yoga-like poses.

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Does this scene seem familiar? That’s because Thai massage can be done anywhere, even at your favorite resort places such as the beachside!

In a nutshell, Thai Massage

  • Applies pressure onto acupuncture points to stretch and loosen muscles
  • Does not use any essential oils or lotions
  • Can be done anywhere as long as there is a proper flat plane and floor mat

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On the other hand, Swedish massage is often known as “classical massage” or the “relaxing massage.” It uses five main techniques; stroking and gliding, kneading, rubbing, pounding and shaking. These techniques are based on Western anatomy and physiology. The Swedish massage is used to reduce pain, joint stiffness, and improve function in one’s joints.

Unlike Thai Massage, Swedish massage is well-known for its wide use of essential oils and lotions. Client needs to be fully undressed, thus privacy is required during Swedish massage.


Swedish massage requires the client to lie on his/her back and stomach most of the time but does not require much physical flexibility. Clients lie on a massage table, a massage chair, or on a mat on the floor.

In a nutshell, Swedish Massage

  • Uses 5 main techniques: stroking and gliding, kneading, rubbing, pounding and shaking
  • Uses of essential oils and lotions
  • Requires client to be fully undressed, so it must be done in private

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Conclusion: Thai or Swedish Massage?

So, the main differences between Thai and Swedish massage lies in:

  • Technique
  • Environment
  • Usage of oils

If you are shy to undress in front of strangers, it is recommended that you go for Thai massage. Otherwise, a full Swedish massage session is a good alternative if you want to reduce pain and relieve stress.

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