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The Connection Between Thai Massage and Yoga

Origins of Thai Massage

The Thai Massage version of the yoga bridge
The Thai Massage version of the yoga bridge

Thai Massage and yoga are part of the same family. The similarities are quite obvious if you just watch the two systems in action.

Image of the historical founder of Thai Massage
The historical founder of Thai Massage, Jivaka

According to legend, Thai Massage was introduced in Thailand about 2500 years ago by an Indian physician, a contemporary of Buddha, and he brought with him his knowledge of yoga and yoga therapy.

This physician, Jivaka Komarabhacca (one of several possible ways to spell it) is not only revered in Thailand, but in some other Buddhist countries in Asia as well.

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Professional Versus Sensual Massage

Professional versus sensual massage

Some people actively or furtively seek out the combination of massage and eroticism. Others detest just the thought of it and would rather have it eradicated from the face of the earth.

Why this topic can irritate professional massage therapists

This tends to be a sensitive topic for professional massage therapists. Sometimes they have had to battle a misguided public opinion that massage is just a disguise for sexual services.

And sometimes female therapists had to fend off callers who were clearly looking for non-professional services. Some of them might even have had inappropriate requests from men during their sessions.

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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.

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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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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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