A comparative study of Thai massage and Swedish massage.
Many cultures have a massage or touch-based therapy that has been influenced by the development of culture over time. The origins of Thai Massage (TM) can be traced to oriental medicine and yoga. Swedish Massage (SM), the most popular type of massage practiced in the U.S., is based on anatomy learned from dissection. To date TM has been largely unexplored. The purpose of this study was to compare and contrast a single general massage treatment, using one of two different styles of massage, on physiological and psychological outcomes.