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Dancing Hands Abdominal Massage

A pleasant and effective abdominal massage system

The “Dancing Hands” Abdominal Massage therapy system is the answer to a missing element in Thai Massage. After spending over a decade in Thailand, I cannot help but notice that almost no therapist ever touches the abdomen.

This can be attributed to the fact that traditional Thai Massage does not have very good abdominal techniques.

The techniques that do exist are unpleasant and often painful. Nobody likes them, and the therapists apparently don’t like them either. So abdominal massage in Thailand is generally not done by the majority of therapists.

Effective and enjoyable abdominal techniques

At Thai Healing Massage Academy, rather than writing the abdomen off, we decided to create techniques for the abdomen that feel great, are painless, effective and fun to receive and give.

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The Truth About Science Versus Feelings In Massage Therapy

A happy massage client

A good massage is a really enjoyable and beneficial experience. Why? There are two ways to explain this. The first one is often presented by the massage therapist profession, by the massage providers.

I happen to be part of this group, and I read a lot of what my colleagues have to say. However, in contrast to most of them, I live in Thailand and therefore have quite a different perspective.

Massage benefits in scientific terms

When reading massage articles on blogs or posts on forums, I cannot help but notice that many of the movers and shakers in our profession have a tendency to talk about the benefits of massage in mostly scientific terms.

In other words, massage does this to your muscles, it does that to your ligaments, it elevates levels of certain chemicals in your body, it increases blood flow, it has been scientifically proven that it does x, y and z, we need more research on all those things, we have to prove every perceived massage benefit scientifically, and the list goes on.

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Magical Healers in Thailand

Thai Massage is not the only healing modality in Thailand. There are quite a few unusual healers here. Some spit red betel juice on afflicted areas, some use magical eggs, others prepare herbal mixtures, and some prescribe amulets and other objects that are supposed to be infused with healing power.

Healing magic or scam?

Many or most of these healing methods seem strange or unbelievable to the western mind. The question is: do they really work? Is there some real magic involved or is it quackery?

The answer is not what you expect: It does not matter so much if it is ‘real’ or not.

Healing and the placebo effect

May I remind you that it has been scientifically proven that placebos work almost as well or in some cases equally well as the real thing.

There have been plenty of studies where some patients were given the actual pill, and another group were given sugar pills. They all believed that they took the real pills, and both groups showed very similar improvement.

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Do You Know The Exact Difference Between Thai and Swedish Massage?

Thai Massage and Swedish massage are very different both in their techniques and in their approach or philosophy.

While many people have a general idea about what distinguishes these two massage therapy systems, few really understand the specific differences.

This massage video breaks it down for you in detail through a graphic comparison that makes it really clear and easy to understand.

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

Loving Kindness, or Metta, in Thai Massage

One of the great joys of Thai Massage is the growth in spiritual freedom, understanding and love it develops within us as we continue practicing it.

This facet of Thai Massage is known as Metta, or Loving Kindness and is one of the four sublime states within Buddhist philosophy.

It is a term much used by western Thai Massage therapists in their advertising and can be very often seen described as an intricate part of their massage philosophy and offering.

To a client in search of love and/or reassurance which may be missing in life, this is a very attractive proposition: to receive Loving Kindness in a massage treatment.

To the potential student of Thai Massage it is also a very attractive proposition: to be able to advertise yourself as someone offering Loving Kindness in massage.

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Thai Massage, Elephants, and Amazing Poses

Extreme Thai Massage 

Thai Massage is an exotic healing art. It has a certain mystique which comes from the fact that not many people understand it very well.

Sometimes I browse Thai Massage videos on youtube. One has to be the icing on the cake for being sensational. It shows an elephant doing a so-called Thai Massage by stepping on someone’s back.

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How To Find Your Style Of Thai Massage

Did you ever get a massage where everything was technically right, but you felt that the therapist never really connected with you? Something seemed to be missing but you could not put your finger on it. What was it? Was it the therapist or was it you, or both?

Wow, AMAZING Thai Massage!

Many visitors come to Thailand and they are very impressed with Thai Massage because it is so different and it involves all those amazing stretches. If you have nothing to compare it with, then, yes,  it seems to be pretty amazing.

But when talking to my fellow expats who have been been in Thailand for a long time, they all agree that it is not so easy to find a therapist who can really make you feel good.

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