Thai Massage is more than a collection of techniques
What might the elements of good Thai Massage therapy be? Let’s begin with some more technical elements – but we won’t stop there. Here are some suggestions:
In Thai Massage therapy, the practitioners have to set boundaries for their work. Those boundaries depend on the style of massage they practice.
In Swedish massage, the client is naked but covered with a sheet. There is not much physical contact aside from the hands of the therapist. In Thai Massage, the client is fully dressed, but there is more physical contact between the therapist and the client.
There are two elements when you learn Thai Massage. There are the techniques, and there is the attitude or state of mind of the therapist. Here we are discussing the second element.
Thai Massage – or any other massage or healing therapy system – is not just about techniques, or at least it should not be.
Working on clients’ bodies also involves connecting with that person’s energy, their emotions, their hearts, and their minds.
Thai Massage became famous mostly because of the many yoga-like stretches that are part of the system. These are indeed quite unique, effective, and helpful.
What is less known, but equally important, is that Thai Massage can be done without stretching as well.
Should you talk to your clients during Thai Massage therapy sessions?
Should you let your clients talk while they are receiving their massage?
I have often heard therapists state that clients should be discouraged from talking during the session and that they – the therapists – should not talk much either.
There are different attitudes regarding the healing arts when looking in from the outside.
Some people’s views of Thai Massage therapy and other massage therapies are holistic, enlightened, and progressive. Such people encourage them, recognize their value, and are open to integrating them with other medical treatments.
In my function as a Thai Massage teacher, I often hear serious questions and comments along the lines of:
Okay, there is a time for serious discussions. But for now, let’s switch gears and use a different approach – just to have some fun. This is a light-hearted, irreverent, and humorous look at Thai Massage and other healing arts.
But the conclusion is profound, as you will see if you read til the end.