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9 Unique Elements Of Thai Massage, And How To Learn Them

Thai Massage stretch

Thai Massage is not just another kind of massage. There is a lot more to it, as you will see.

There is more than one style of Thai Massage

Before we get into the 9 unique elements, we have to consider that there are all kinds of styles and variations of Thai Massage. They range from mechanical one-size-fits-all sequences to very effective and refined holistic therapies.

For the purposes of our list of 10 unique elements, we are talking about the way how Thai Massage is taught by Thai Healing Massage Academy in our online training courses.

information icon1.  Thai Massage is not just a massage, but a holistic therapy system which includes elements from massage, yoga, energy work, and physical therapy. It doesn’t just move anatomical parts, but it also moves energy.

information icon2.  Thai Massage is not just a sequence of techniques. It’s a creative, intuitive, and flexible system which allows you to work with your clients in the most effective way, accommodate the client’s needs, and get specific results.

information icon3.  It is not taught with lots of dry, complicated theory and fancy anatomical terms. The training is easy to understand and follow. It’s a practical, hands-on approach for learning therapeutic methods to help your clients.

information icon4.  Thai Massage is not the new kid on the block. It hasn’t just been invented recently. Actually, it has been around for many hundreds of years and has helped millions of Thais with their issues. So it’s a time-tested and proven system.

information icon5.  It is much easier on the therapist’s body than table massage. It doesn’t rely as much on the hands. Instead it uses many other body parts like forearms, elbows, knees, and feet.

Also the body mechanics are a big advantage since it works primarily with body weight instead of muscle power. This makes it much easier for small and light therapists to work on much larger clients without straining.

information icon6.  A Thai Massage business is easier and cheaper to set up than a typical western massage business. You don’t need a table, you don’t need draping sheets, you don’t need oil, and privacy is not such a big issue since the client is fully dressed. 

So if you want to make a house call and work in someone’s living room – no problem. 

information icon7.  It is not just a mechanical system with techniques and sequences. There is an awareness of the interconnected nature of the body. Thai Massage focuses on the energy flow, on the artistic expression, on the flow of the moves, and on the healing intention. It is a truly holistic system.

information icon8.  Thai Massage works in a three-dimensional way. The client is moved through space through many stretches and manipulations. The body is designed for movement.

We all know that the movement and stretch-based yoga system is very beneficial for our health. And we all know that couch potatoes have a bigger risk of getting sick.

Healing works best if this need for movement is included in the treatment by improving flexibility and range of motion, instead of just lying in one position and receiving primarily work on muscles. Thai Massage is ideal for this.

It incorporates more stretches and movement than any other massage system.

information icon9.  Thai Healing Massage Academy’s online training programs are not a copy of the same training which is taught in other schools. It is a refined and upgraded style which includes many techniques which are not available anywhere else, and many specific therapeutic applications.

Examples are the large variety of rocking techniques, or our Heavenly Head Massage system, or our many specialized therapy courses like knee massage, sacrum massage, shoulder massage, hip massage, back massage or sciatica therapy.

“I took a local training in the US a year ago, and didn’t feel comfortable practicing it on my current Reiki or Yoga clients, and had nothing to refer back to for resources. In the back of my mind was ‘what if I am not doing this correctly’? The what if’s kept coming up. Your program is exactly what I need and every time I get a new email newsletter or post I am in awe of the knowledge you present to us.

I don’t have the time as a studio owner these days to travel and take classes as often as I would like, so this is the perfect solution and, as a bonus, it’s an amazing course with a great teacher. Can’t wait to bring on Thai therapist heaven 🙂 here!” 
Kitty Ward, yoga teacher and Reiki master

How to learn Thai Massage

Thai Healing Massage Academy logoThis all sounds great – but how do you learn all this?
Thai Healing Massage Academy has a unique training program:

  • All training is online and can be conveniently accessed from anywhere in the world.
  • You have personalized and unlimited teacher support. You are not on your own. If you have questions, you will get them all answered quickly. If you don’t know how to apply a technique, the instructor will tell you how to do it correctly. Yes, it can be done online!
  • If you choose, you can be part of our supportive online therapist community. We have a forum and a facebook group, and you are invited to participate.
  • Both certification and CEUs are available. 
  • You have a choice of 20 online training programs to learn the exact skills you want.
  • Learning is gradual, just like in any real school, and at your own pace. There is no information overload and no pressure to keep up.
  • You don’t just learn techniques, but a creative approach where you can modify techniques to fit both you and your clients – regardless of your size or your client’s size and weight! 
  • You learn to work in a pain-free, pleasant and sensitive way which your clients will love!
  • It’s very therapist friendly. So much actually that it has saved the career of quite a few therapists who started to have problems with the daily stress on their hands.
    You will love the relief on your body and hands when practicing Thai Massage.
  • You learn to get the best results without effort or strain. How so? By using perfect body mechanics and by working with your natural body weight instead of muscle effort.


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Shama KernThe author, Shama Kern, has been practicing and teaching Thai Massage for 19 years. He is the founder and director of Thai Healing Massage Academy and the creator of 20 Thai Massage online training courses.

Thai Massage Interview With Shama Kern And Shai Plonski

There are many Thai Massage teachers with interesting stories to tell, fascinating backgrounds, and unique styles. This time Shama Kern, the founder of Thai Healing Massage Academy, interviews Shai Plonski, founder of Still Light Center Thai Massage School.

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Two Thai Massage Teachers Meeting In Thailand

Chiang Mai, Thailand, is a hot spot for Thai Massage and many other holistic ventures. If you spend some time in this city, you will probably run into quite a few yoga teachers, Thai Massage practitioners and teachers, and lots of other people with fascinating holistic backgrounds.

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How Are Thai Massage Sen Lines Different From Meridians?

Thai Massage sen lines versus Chinese meridians

Are Thai Massage energy (sen) lines the same as the Chinese meridians, or are they different?

And if they are not the same – why not? How are they different?

This is not meant to be a precise comparison of locations and functions, but a ‘bird’s eye’ view of how energy lines work, how the various energy methods relate to each other, and why they work in our therapy – or not.

Let’s start out with an analogy to look at the ‘bigger picture’. There is an ancient story of five blind men who are trying to find out what an elephant looks like.

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8 Ideal Candidates For Thai Massage Training

Thai Massage stretch in the side position

The elements of Thai Massage

Thai Massage is not just a massage. It includes a wide variety of techniques. Some of them are similar to elements which you can find in other holistic and healing arts styles, as in this partial list:

  • Massage (compression and kneading)
  • Yoga (stretching and breathing)
  • Physical Therapy (therapeutic and rehabilitation work)
  • Energy Work (the Thai sen line system)
  • Chiropractic (spinal techniques and twists which are similar to some Chiropractic techniques)
  • Trager (rocking and motion elements)
  • Acupressure (pressure points in the Thai energy line system)

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How To Keep Your Balance In Massage Therapy

Balance in massage therapy

How do we know if our massage therapy session was really effective? How do we know if it really helped and how long the effect will last? And why do we want to know this anyway?

Helping people is more than exchanging time for money

Massage is a helping profession. This is very different from, let’s say, working in an office where you might be just a tiny part of a big machinery and you might never get to see how (or if) what you do actually helps anyone.

Most massage therapists who have been in this profession for a some time do not just put in hours in exchange for money. They enjoy helping people, and part of their reward is seeing the beneficial results of their work. Their heart is in it, not just their hands.

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The Secrets For Developing Better Thai Massage Skills

Thai Massage spinal twist
Thai Massage spinal twist

The secret of Thai Massage as a healing art

Some Thai Massage sessions can feel like workout sessions. You are pressed, pummeled, stretched, yanked and kneaded – sometimes in painful ways.

And then…there are those sessions which make you feel like you are walking on clouds, or like you ended up in massage heaven. What’s the secret here? What accounts for the difference in those sessions?

Here’s the secret: Thai Massage techniques on their own, without certain refined elements, are just a mechanical system without a soul. It lacks the essence, the spirit, and the element of a true healing art. Read on for the details…

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How To Successfully Learn Thai Massage Online With Thai Healing Massage Academy

Spotlight on Thai Massage

When learning Thai Massage, you might have several choices between teachers and schools. However few people realize that there is another option which can be perfect for some – learning Thai Massage online

You can learn almost anything online nowadays – playing the guitar, yoga, building a house, law, and a myriad other things. So why not study Thai Massage online as well?

Your success with an online course depends on who is teaching it, how the teaching environment is set up, how the support is, if it is right for you, and several other factors. Let’s take a look at them one by one.

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