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How is a professional Thai Massage supposed to feel? Is it a feel-good sensation? Is it a blissful feeling? Is it a clinical experience? Is it a healing experience? Is it a relaxing feeling? Is it an invigorating sensation? Can it be painful? Is it a sensual feeling?
Let’s look at all of these in more detail:
15 areas where western and Thai Massage are different
Before you decide to learn Thai Massage, it is important to understand what makes it different from western therapies.
Thai Massage study is not just about learning a different set of massage techniques. Instead it is a totally different approach to massage therapy with a totally different mindset.
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Thailand is famous for its unique style of bodywork, Thai Massage, which is really a combination of massage and applied or passive yoga stretches.
There is plenty of information available about the benefits of massage in general. And there is no shortage of scientific evidence that massage is good for your body.
Massage is also good for your mind. It relaxes, de-stresses, and temporarily shuts off incessant mental chatter. The Thais have been well aware of both of these benefits for over a thousand years.
So here is the question: Is Thai Massage ‘just’ relaxing, or is it therapeutic, i.e. does it actually help with something? Does it really improve certain conditions?
Thai Massage is not just a job. It is not just a type of work. It does not just provide a good income. It is enjoyable to learn and practice. Why is that?
1. Thai Massage is fun to practice
You get to play with an almost infinite variety of techniques, modifications, adaptations, and ways to make it uniquely your own.
Thai Massage is not just about following a set sequence, but about being intuitive, creative, and innovative.
There are hundreds of techniques and stretches available which can be combined in countless ways to create a therapeutic masterpiece.
Massage hammer for Thai Massage story
Here at Thai Healing Massage Academy, we have a free educational video series for learning various aspects of Thai Massage called “Tips And Tricks“.
At one time we published a new video in this Thai Massage education series that shows the use of a mechanical massage tool, a ‘massage hammer‘.
When this video was posted on youtube, someone left a comment saying that the use of this tool felt like “cheating” to him, since the client paid for the use of the therapist’s hands.