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Do Thai Massage Therapists Need To Know Anatomy?

Thai Massage therapy and anatomy

Do Thai Massage Therapists need to know anatomy? What kind of a strange question is this?

Isn’t it obvious that the answer should be “yes”? Or so would be the response of any western massage therapist. But the answer is not so simple, as you will see.

The observations in this article are based on the way how Thai Massage has been traditionally practiced and taught in Thailand, and how it is applied in the western world.

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How To Understand Thai Massage Stretches And Traction

Thai Massage stretching and traction

When learning Thai Massage, you will notice that there are many techniques which are not much used in other modalities.

Two examples are stretches and traction moves. Do you know what exactly the difference is between stretches and traction? This video demonstrates it clearly with examples from both types of techniques.

Stretching in Thai Massage

The purpose of stretching is to re-establish full or normal range of motion by relaxing muscles and getting them to release tightness and tension.

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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 be aggravating for 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

9 unique elements of thai massage

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 9 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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Ten Ways To Make Thai Massage More Therapeutic

ten ways to make thai massage more therapeutic

Massage versus therapeutic massage

Thai Massage has always been my main modality, but the observations in this article apply to massage in general.

But first…my disclaimer.

I’d rather be controversial than boring. This article is meant to be both irreverent and serious, both entertaining and educational. But be forewarned: If you don’t have a sense of humor, I advise you to stop reading right here!

So now – when does massage become therapeutic? The fact is that there is no one point where massage turns into massage therapy. It’s a matter of degrees. Actually, it is quite difficult for any massage NOT to be therapeutic at least to some degree.

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