Apart from using many stretches turning you “upside-down,” as it were, Thai Massage typically also includes massage of the abdominal and pelvic area, and as such it’s advised not to eat within one to two hours before a session. If possible, it’s also better to empty the bowels just before the treatment.
Make time for a session. That is, simply reserve at least half the day if possible. A thorough Thai Massage session can take from two up to four hours. You will also need to go to the therapist’s studio or establishment (although a therapist may come to you also), which takes time. Afterwards you’ll need time to go home (or somewhere else) and rest. Relaxing after a session is important to let body and mind calm down, digest, and recover.
Make sure you’re clean and fresh. Take a shower or bath beforehand. Take those things with you that you think you may want to use: a towel, a bottle of water, a refreshener, a disinfectant, clean clothes, or whatever it is you think you would want at some point during or after your visit.
If the establishment doesn’t supply proper session clothing for the massage, bring your own clothes with you.
A good session will always first start with a thorough introduction. That is, the practitioner will talk to you at least fifteen minutes or so before actually starting the massage. Even when it’s about having a massage in a “fast-food massage parlor,” the massage therapist should quickly go through a set of contraindications with you.
In any case, knowing what you need and want (or not need or not want) and knowing what you can handle physically and emotionally is very important. Besides that, one needs to get used to one another and feel a connection and trust.
Don’t hesitate to leave if something doesn’t feel good. Just pay and leave; that’s much better than going through a disturbing or even traumatic massage experience.